PropertyOfZack had the chance to talk with Gavin from This Providence a few weeks ago for a great interview. Gavin and I discussed the band’s extended period of writing, how the new material is sounding, the future, and more. Check it out below!
For the record, could you state your name and role in This Providence?
I’m Gavin, and I play guitar in This Providence.
So, Who Are You Now? Was released two and a half years ago on Fueled By Ramen Records. All this time later, would you say that you’ve been happy with the reception to the album and touring cycles since then?
It was a great time. It feels like a while ago since we’ve been writing for so long. The last record went over well. It was a lot of work and a lot of touring, but it was a lot of fun.
Most bands now only take about a year and a half to release an album, but we can assume that your fourth record is going to take past the three year mark. Can you just walk us through the delays?
We did our last headlining tour in 2010 and thought it was a great time to end the record cycle and start a new record. We were happy with how that tour went considering it was our first headliner. We were going to take a little bit of a break that fall and winter and then start writing. We were writing, but we didn’t feel like we were there. We had stuff going on in our personal lives too. Our drummer got engaged, and our singer and his wife were buying a house. We were all enjoying a normal life, so to speak. I even got a job bar-tending to kill some time. We’ve been touring since we got out of high school, which was seven years ago for me. I never had a chance to stay in one spot for a bit. We were writing and slowed down a bit. We have close to 30 songs at this point. We’ve been very meticulous in a way that we’ve never been. We always went in with 8 or 9 songs and then wrote one or two in the studio and maybe had a b-side. This time we wanted to write as many as possible and cut it down for the best songs. The ones we have are far better than anything before. The songs are just better.
Has taken so much time writing changed the way you guys actually write?
It’s always evolving and changing. Each song and each process is different, but Dan especially has really stood up and started to understand songwriting and how simple it can really be for us.
How long do you want to keep going for?
We’re pretty close. I shouldn’t say a specific date, but early-next year we’ll be in the studio. We have tons of demos lined up. We’re waiting for the label to pick a radio single. We’re waiting on the word there. We’re pretty damn close. Dan and I went to LA and wrote songs that I feel could potentially be our singles. Now we’re working out what producers were going to record with. We’re getting towards the end of the process.
How many songs do you think you’ll record?
It could be anywhere from 12 to 15. We’d like to record extras for more bonus material for special releases. I would love to record almost all of them, but that’s probably just not going to happen.
Has it been frustrating to wait so long to record even though you’ve enjoyed time off?
In the past we were worried people were going to forget about us, because our last record took a little too long too. People sort of did forget about us. We were a young band with the first record, but we rebuilt it all up. I know we have our loyal fans now, and that’s not a concern. There’s always a love/hate relationship with touring. You miss home and then you miss the road. It’s a weird lifestyle to have.
So are the hopes to hit the studio in February?
That’s what we’re aiming for. We’d love to have it out in the summer. That’s what we’re aiming for, but we can’t say for sure.
How would you compare the sound to the last two records?
It’ll be more in the vein of our last record. That record lacked energy though. We’ve always struggled to find who we were in our records. They’ve always been almost too eclectic. The new material has now naturally progressed because of our personalities, and we seem to have really tapped into this attitude that sounds really good. That did take a year and a half or two years of writing to tap into that.
When are you hoping to tour following recording?
Sometimes we hit the road right after the studio, but I’m not sure. It depends on offers. I’m pretty disconnected from the whole scene right now. I’m going to have to tap back into it.
Do you think you’ll have to make up a lot of ground in 2012?
I think so, on some degree. We definitely want to get out there. We got to go to Australia a few months ago, and that was nice. I didn’t even realize we had fans there and they had waited years. We’re definitely going to try to be out there the first half of the year. I don’t think we’ll be headlining or anything like that though.
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