Emo pop/rock act This Providence came together in the summer of 2003 in Seattle, WA, recording and self-releasing their first EP soon after their formation.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Dan Young, guitarist Gavin Phillips, bassist/vocalist Phil Cobrea, and drummer Ryan Tapert, the group began gathering a decent local following while still in high school, playing in the same regional scene that spawned peers Gatsbys American Dream
and Forgive Durden
. The guys concurrently hooked up with Seattle-based Rocketstar Recordings, and following graduation, their full-length debut, Our Worlds Divorce, was released in late 2004. They toured around the country in support of the album with acts like Daphne Loves Derby
, and Jenoah before eventually signing with Fueled by Ramen in early 2006. Teaming up again with producer Casey Bates (who'd also worked on their first album), This Providence's self-titled FBR debut appeared in September, as the band carried on with gigs opening for labelmates Paramore
. Cobrea announced his resignation from the band that November, and he was soon replaced by Phoenix native David Blaise. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi