On Sunday (7/24) night, pop band This Century brought their Young and Useless tour to the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre.
Before the scheduled artists even took the stage, Vibe Lounge had a number of local singer-songwriters open. Unfortunately, most of these sets didn’t go over well, evidenced by the couple of people I saw rudely playing games on their cellphones. The first act of the night, Do It For The Kids, didn’t get a great response for their set of songs about high school love stories and lackluster covers of recent pop-rock songs. Next, Corey Balsamo played a confident set of folksy pop, incorporating popular radio hits within his own originals, something the audience really didn’t want to hear. On the other hand, singer Justin Morrell came with his own cast of screaming fans who sang along with every word.
Sweet Talker (real name Kevin Fisher) took the stage next, using This Century’s Sean and Alex Silverman to back him up on guitar and keyboards, respectively, for the first half of his set. His pop-y, adult contemporary style was more palatable than the local openers. What i liked most about his set at the time was his cover of Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah,” which was a beautiful ending for those that knew the song.
The Carter Hulsey Band brought their alt-country sound to the pop centric night, an unexpected but very pleasant and welcome change. You don’t hear a lot of country music in New York, especially not country music that rocked the way Hulsey’s band did.
The truth of the matter is, everyone (with the exception of the group of girls that said they were there for Morrell) was there to rock out to This Century. There was very little excitement in the room until they went on.
From the moment the band went on, the crowd went wild. Girls were fawning over them as they would a boy band in the 1990s. There was a group of girls who decided to bring guitarist Sean Silverman a large plastic horse which the girls wrote on. One girl in the front broke out in tears of joy, to which lead singer Joel Kanitz responded by dedicating a song to her. The response was so overwhelming that Kanitz made the joke that they should play shows only in New York from now on.
There was as much energy on stage as there was in the crowd. The band, made up of Kanitz, Sean Silverman on guitar, Alex Silverman on bass, Ryan Gose on drums, and for the night Kevin Fisher helping out on guitar, took the stage with guns blazing. They went right into “Young and Useless,” the first track off of their debut album, Sound of Fire, which was released earlier this year. Many times during the set, Kanitz decided to grab hold of an unused lighting beam and stand on a monitor, hovering over the adoring crowd. The the set slowed down for a moment when the guys decided to go acoustic for their song “Money Honey,” where everyone left the stage except for Kanitz and Sean Silverman, who picked up the acoustic guitar Kanitz was using for a couple of previous songs. They closed the set with their latest single, “Sound of Fire,” ending on a high note and leaving the crowd wanting more.
Sound of Fire is available now. Click here to read an interview with This Century’s Sean and Alex Silverman.