With Biography Of Heartbreak, This Century is set to break out in a big and glorious way. Filled to the brim with wildly infectious pop punk anthems, Biography Of Heartbreak is destined to be the soundtrack of your summer and well beyond. They’ve toiled away on the Vans Warped Tour and are about to hit the road with their friends in The Maine and A Rocket To The Moon. Here is a recent interview we conducted with drummer Ryan Gose to find out more about the current happenings and timeless compositions of This Century. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in This Century, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Ryan Gose & I play drums for This Century. We formed in 2007.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there?
We are based out of Phoenix, Arizona. I’m not extremely familiar with Phoenix’s current music scene but a lot of great bands made their start here.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Biography Of Heartbreak?
Many of the song lyrics and themes on Biography of Heartbreak deal w/ love & loss.
Select two songs from Biography Of Heartbreak and what inspired the lyrics?
“Fools Game” was inspired by emotional 80s pop songs from the likes of Tears for Fears. “Deadly Weapon” comes from the idea of being unstoppable & not letting anything get in your way.
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming tour with The Maine and A Rocket To The Moon?
We are extremely excited to be on the road in North America again! We are super grateful to be sharing the road w/ two bands that we share strong friendships with.
What could one expect from a live This Century show?
We play a fun, fast paced & great sounding show! We pride ourselves in our live performances & you can expect us to deliver!
What was the experience like playing Warped Tour and what advice would you give a band about to do Warped for the first time this year?
When This Century played Warped Tour we were playing an acoustic show each day in a sponsors tent. We never played proper stages. To us it is was about hustling to reach as many new fans as possible even though we weren’t a part of the official roster. Part of the roster or not I wouldn’t recommend any other approach.
What was it like touring with Good Charlotte and were the cool to hang out with?
It was a spectacular experience! The crowds were incredible & Good Charlotte was extremely kind & accommodating. I know for the Joel it was very special because he had grown up listening to them.
What made you decide to cover Paper Planes for Pop Goes Punk Vol 3 and do you know if M.I.A. has hear and commented on your version of the song?
I am not sure if M.I.A has heard our cover…if she has we haven’t heard about it at least 😛 With the selection we had “Paper Planes” stood out the most. We wanted to do something different…something unexpected. That & we all love that song.
Any strange or scary happenings while out on the road or at a show?
I can’t remember where we were playing at the time. A promoter decided to pull what he considered to be a practical joke on a band we were out w/ called The Summer Set. It may have been a joke but it certainly wasn’t practical. He decided to put on a ski mask & pretend to hold them up w/ a fake gun. Needless to say many problems ensued.
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, what band would it be and why?
I would like to open for Third Eye Blind or The Killers. Both bands are heroes of mine & are a huge reason why I got into music in the first place.
Any final words of wisdom?
Do what you love & love what you do.
This Century is:
Joel Kanitz (Vocals)
Sean Silverman (Guitar)
Alex Silverman (Bass)
Ryan Gose (Drums)
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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