This Century

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This Century
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, United States
GenresPop rock, indie pop, power pop
Years active2007–2016
LabelsAction Theory (2010-2012)
Rude Records (2013-2014)
8123 (2015)
Associated actsTaking Back Sunday, Austin Gibbs, A Rocket to the Moon, All Time Low, Augustana, Good Charlotte, The Summer Set, Lydia, Arkells, The Maine, Brighten, and Stop Dead.
Past membersJoel Kanitz

Ryan Gose

Alex Silverman

Sean Silverman

This Century was an American pop rock band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band consisted of members Joel Kanitz, Ryan Gose, Alex Silverman, and Sean Silverman. In February 2014, Alex Silverman announced his departure from the group. In May 2015, the band announced that following the release of their next album Soul Sucker, they would be playing a final tour and retiring the band so members could "pursue each our passions and musical projects".[1] The band has released three full-length albums: Soul Sucker, Biography of Heartbreak, and Sound of Fire.[2]


Beginnings (2006–2007)[edit]

The band was formed while most of the members were still attending high school. They experimented with several names such as "Modern Poets" and kept this name for two shows before changing it to "Evident Earth". They finally decided on "This Century" after guitarist Silverman jokingly said they're "lucky if we come up with a band name some time this century".[3]

Early EP's (2007–2009)[edit]

In 2007 This Century released their first ever EP titled 2007. They continued releasing EP's and singles throughout the years, including Look What We Made (2008), Dream of Christmas [Single] (2008), Kiss Me Like It's Christmas [Single] (2009), No Way Out Digital Sampler (2009), and To Love and Back (2009). In 2008 they were signed under Tim Kirch and Tanner Radcliffe at Eighty One Twenty Three Management, and later performed acoustic sets at the Baby Cakes Tent during the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.[4]

Tours and Sound of Fire (2010–2012)[edit]

In 2010 This Century was signed to The Maine's Action Theory Records, a branch off of Warner Bros. Records. They then released the EP Hopeful Romantic (2010) consisting of three sampler tracks due to be on their debut album Sound of Fire. They toured on Bamboozle Left with bands such as Anarbor, The Ready Set, Never Shout Never, and The Summer Set.[5] They also embarked on a nationwide tour with label mates The Maine and special guest Austin Gibbs on an "Evening With The Maine Tour".[6]

While on the "Hey Monday Tour" in the Fall of 2010 the band was forced to cancel their last few shows[7] due to lead singer Joel Kanitz having vocal issues.[8]

They have also toured with Good Charlotte and Forever the Sickest Kids on the "Cardiology Tour".[9]

In March 2011 they released the title track off their debut album Sound of Fire as a single.[10] The entire album was released on April 19, 2011.[11]

In the summer of 2011, This Century held their first headlining tour, the "Young and Useless Tour", with Cartel Hulsey and Austin Gibbs. Due to personal events, Austin Gibbs dropped halfway through the tour and singer-songwriter Sweet Talker replaced Gibbs on select dates.

In June 2012, This Century played a show in Manila, Philippines together with We Are the In Crowd and Set Your Goals. "Everywhere Everything", a song from their debut album, Sound of Fire, made its way to the top of the charts in Manila just two weeks while the song Sound of Fire also made its way to the top of the charts in June 2011.

This Century had headline The Endless Summer Tour with Austin Gibbs and made a new song with him called, "Someone For Everyone." This Century opened for The Maine's UK/Europe Pioneer tour in September 2012 and they returned to Manila December 9–10, 2012 for a free concert sponsored by Pulp Magazine.

Biography of Heartbreak, Soul Sucker, & final tour (2013–2016)[edit]

This Century released their sophomore album Biography of Heartbreak worldwide on May 14, 2013 via Rude Records in Europe, UK, Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan, and independently in the US in partnership with their management team Eighty One Twenty Three.[12]

Produced by Colby Wedgeworth (The Maine, Lydia), their second full-length album includes hits “Bleach Blonde” and “Skeletons” as well as 11 new tracks. On April 23, 2013, This Century released a music video for the first single "Slow Dance Night" on Vevo. In support of the album, This Century joined The 8123 Tour with management label-mates The Maine as well as A Rocket To The Moon and Brighten.

In the fall/winter of 2013, This Century co-headlined the Up Close + Personal Tour with Nick Santino & The Northern Wind.[13]

In February 2014, they announced the departure of keyboardist Alex Silverman.

In May 2015, the band announced that they would be playing a final tour after the release of their final album, Soul Sucker, so members could pursue separate musical careers.

Lead singer Joel Kanitz currently performs as a solo artist under the moniker Gorgeous War.




  1. ^ "Preach Electric Media » This Century – Interview". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  2. ^ "This Century Facebook". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Mass Media - The Interview of This Century". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  4. ^ [ Eighty One Twenty Three ]
  5. ^ "Bamboozle Left 2010 Line-Up « Back-Pocket Believers". Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  6. ^ The Maine Announces Tour and New Album, 7/13 2010/07/09
  7. ^ " Some News". Archived from the original on 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-04-24. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ " Explanation". Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-04-24. External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ Alt Press | News | Good Charlotte announce North American tour with Forever The Sickest Kids, This Century
  10. ^ "Fender® Artists". Archived from the original on 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  11. ^ iTunes Sound of Fire
  12. ^ "This Century releases BOH". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  13. ^ "The 8123 Tour announcement". Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.

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