This Providence: Our Worlds Divorce

This Providence
Our Worlds Divorce
(Rocketstar)

Seattle band This Providence adds a little bit from Dashboard Confessional with intelligent lyrics and vocal chemistry on their debut album, Our Worlds Divorce, from indie label Rocketstar Recordings. The pop/rock/punk band is radio-friendly in the best sense of the phrase with catchy melodies and clever hooks.

The vocals, with Dan Young on lead and Phil Cobrea on backup, aren’t pitch perfect solo, but blend together flawlessly during songs when the two finish each other’s lines. I could tell they were passionate about their lyrics, with songs about bigger, more melancholy ideas than what you’d hear in “Stacy’s Mom.” The peppy beat of Certain Words in Uncertain Times suggests a fun-in-the-summertime song, but a listen to the lyrics gives away a more serious message about the sad state of the world. Those tricksters got their subliminal messages across with their bouncy synth lines and upbeat melody.

The fastest beats on the CD come from “Any Romantic Fairytale,” but the vocals seem at pace with the rest of the songs on the album, creating a cool, delayed effect. The song upped the “aww” factor with lyrics like “will you hang on to me” and its liberal use of the affectionate “sweetie.” Love lost is a common theme on the album, with the guys asking for some trust from their women on “Truth and Reconciliation.”

I was glad I couldn’t find a formula to group the tracks with, and was wowed by the keyboard action in “Everyday,” the drum solos and the vocalists’ cries for understanding. The CD winds down with a song with classical appeal. “Our Flag is White” is a powerful near-ballad that ends with the kind of climax you’d find in that Armageddon song, but it’s actually good: “The whole world hates us/The whole world hates our song/But still we sing/But still we sing along.” You go, boys…you go.