Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles This Century, a pop rock band from Phoenix, Arizona.
There are three main reasons why you should give a listen to This Century: 1. They make immensely catchy music and they seem to like love. 2. They hail from Phoenix, which is also where excellent band The Maine is from, so they are bound to have some of that good music mojo. 3. They’ve just dropped a new album titled Biography of Heartbreak and are spending the summer touring North America on the 8123 Tour.
Origins: Phoenix, Arizona
Band members: Joel Kanitz (Vocals), Sean Silverman (Guitar), Alex Silverman (Bass), Ryan Gose (Drums)
Known for: Creating catchy, dance-y party-starting anthems
Used in a sentence: Despite their depressing new album title, this quartet makes the kind of happy, upbeat, easy music that summer is all about.
File next to: The Maine, The Ready Set, Marianas Trench
Download now: “Slow Dance Night”
Five fun facts:
1. These guys formed the band when most of them were still in high school
2. Before deciding on This Century they were named Modern Poets and Evident Earth
3. They are extremely popular in the Philippines
Taking the stage at Stockholm, Sweden on May 8, our fave boys from One Direction did a tribute to a boy band original: Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.”
We’re sure 1D can make any girl scream by just appearing but the men of the Backstreet Boys were very impressed.
Tweeting: “Heard @OneDirection did an impromtu performance of “I Want It That Way” in Sweden last night. Well done bros! http://youtu.be/7c2zn7hVRtY“, it’s safe to say that the revival of pop groups ARE OFFICIALLY BACK.
But looks to me 1D may have just been returning some favours. NKOTBSB covered ‘What Makes You Beautiful last year!
Either way, this is cute! Please do more covers!!
From fashion to music, the 90s is making a huge comeback. The decade’s third most popular boy band 98 Degrees (after Backstreet Boys and N*Sync, duh) have returned with their new club-ish track, “Girls Night Out.”
Funnily enough, the song is like my favourite go-to wine, also called “Girls Night Out.” It’s a favourite because this bad boy is $6.75 a bottle and contains more sugar than actual alcohol, which is also how I would also describe 98 Degrees’ new song. By that I mean it’s more style over substance though the alcohol is more than welcomed (if not necessary) when listening to “Girls Night Out.”
Okay, it’s not that bad. I just wanted a chance to allude to “Girls Night Out,” the drink. “Girls Night Out” the song is upbeat and catchy. But let’s all remember that the men of 98 Degrees are all quickly approaching their 40s, are married, and three of the four members are fathers themselves. Needless to say, their musical desires to hold every single woman in their arms is less than authentic. Basically, they’re trying to do what The Wanted are doing right now and it’s kind of freaking me out.
Alas, don’t let my bias cloud up your judgement. Take a listen below and tell me I’m wrong.
LISTEN BELOW: “GIRLS NIGHT OUT” WITH 98 DEGREES
Remember when we didn’t have iPods so we had to watch the music video channel on so we could dance around with all our favourite artists? And how excited were you when those little player things came out and you could buy a song card?
If you re-listen to some of these songs you ran around the house belting as a kid, you’d realize that most of them are really dirty. In fact, almost all of them are explicitly about sex and sexual acts. While no one EVER knew what Shaggy was saying in his songs, but rest assured all of his lyrics were pretty raunchy. Surpisingly, the same is true for O-Town. They were a cute boy band, but who knew they were singing about how often they think about sex? And that they were graphically describing their wet dreams?
Yes, sorry to traumatize you, but all those clean cut teeny bopper bands were anything but. Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Spice Girls—they were all guilty of tricking you into thinking their songs were innocent. Really, they are all about sex. Sex. Sex. And more sex. The only sad thing is that while today’s music is very much the same in this regard—if not more explicit—we all thought the good ol’ days were different. I guess not.
Personally, I was a little scared by the whole O-Town giving us a little too much information at first. I have since come to realize that nothing will persuade me that the music of the 90′s (my childhood) isn’t superior to the music of now. I would much rather listen to raunchy N’Sync then 50 Cent’s “B*tch Get In My Car,” or “Candy Shop” any day of the week. That’s a fact.
Liquid Dreams (O-Town)
“Liquid Dreams / my Liquid Dreams / Waterfall and streams / these liquid dreams”
Ignition Remix (R. Kelly)
“I’m about to take my key/ and stick it in the ignition”
Every Six Seconds (O-Town)
With the likes of Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs, British singers are pretty much dominating North American air waves right now. What else has appeared? Boy bands. Yes, boy bands. Good thing the biggest difference between these boy bands and the ones we’ve had in the 90′s is that well, they’re not so corny.
I’ve put together a little chart to see which boy band you’re most like. Yes, I know Lawson’s not really your typical boy band, but with their awesome looks, girls can’t help but swoon over them, so I decided to put them on there. Check out the chart underneath, and let’s see what you got. (Don’t worry, if you didn’t get what you wanted, you can always try again!)
New Kids On The Block just released their music video for “Remix (I Like The).”
The video is set at a summer party, complete with a live band and people making small talk with one another. There’s always that one awkward person who is sitting on the couch, by themselves, eating whatever’s on the table.
So what happens if that wallflower decides to break out? That’s what happens in the video. We see the wallflower, portrayed by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Artemis Pebdani, breaking out and going wild, basically taking the party with her. She’s pretty much looks like you whenever you’re home alone listening to this some dope music (or is this just me?).
Fangirling over their looks? Check. Synchronized boy band moves? Check. Synchronized swimming? Check. This video pretty much has all the elements of a good boy band video!
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:
Even if you deny it, we know you have a special, hidden place in your heart for boy bands… I mean, who can deny the utter power of B44 and their spiky hair? In this episode of Talking Sh*t we go on all about boy bands, and not just the new ones either — we go way back to the classics including Backstreet Boys, N Sync and 98 Degrees.
The Backstreet Boys were about as close to boy band perfection as you can get. Everyone had Millennium blaring from their boombox at one time or another. But one thing could have made them better: Ryan Gosling.
Yes, you read that correctly. The once-upon-a-time Mouseketeer turned big screen heartthrob and man of my dreams recently revealed that he could’ve been the sixth member of one of the greatest boy bands in history. Nick Carter was always the focus of my fantasies (a side effect of my love for his baby brother Aaron), but I know for a fact my pre-teen self would have fallen hard for Ryan had he been in the picture.
Not convinced? Just picture the miracle that is Ryan Gosling crooning “I Want It That Way” in pleather pants and way too much hair gel alongside the original members. If that’s still not enough, check out this video for proof that Gosling was boy band material.
Watch it here
If you’ve ever compared the song titles on One Direction’s first album to some of the Backstreet Boys’ songs, you might notice quite a few similarities.
Serving as a guest host on TMZ, BSB’s A.J. McLean totally dissed One Direction for ripping off songs titles from the ’90s boyband.
In comparing ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ to ‘Makes You Different’ ; ‘More than This’ to ‘More than That’ and ‘I Wish’ to ‘One Wish’, AJ does have a point here.
But that being said, what do you really expect? These are pretty much generic boyband song titles and it’s not like the songs sound the same. Why can’t we all just enjoy the music?
And also, what’s with the BSB vs. ‘N SYNC rivalry? That’s so 90s!
And to be frank, I CAN name five AMAZING ‘N SYNC songs:
1. Bye Bye Bye
2. Dirty Pop
3. It’s Gonna Be Me (whoa sounds a lot like Gotta Be You to be honest….)
4. I Want You Back
5. Tearin Up My Heart
So, there you go Brian. I hope you’re applying cold water to your injuries because:
(I still love you BSB. Why can’t we all just be friends?)
Does anyone actually believe “Glad You Came” is about a fresh-faced guy that’s glad his crush accepted his invitation to a party? “I do say, I AM quite glad you decided to come to this soiree.” Um no guys, it’s about orgasms.
What we already knew was confirmed by TMZ (well, kind of) when a cameraman caught Tom Parker insinuating its true meaning.
In the video interview, which was shot in New York, Parker and bandmate Siva Kaneswaran are singing with fans. On the last verse Parker changes the lyrics to “I’m glad you GUSHED” and gestures near his crotch.
Whatever happened to boy bands of the 90s that sang about first date butterflies and eternal love?
Watch the interview here:
Let me tell you about a little band called One Direction. They’re a five-piece boy band from California with songs you’ve probably never heard of. Then ANOTHER band named One Direction came along on X Factor and became uber popular. To pour salt on the wound, this so-called One Direction came to America and stole all the fans the California guys never had.
This is One Direction, the band that is suing their British counterparts, One Direction:
The American boy band is asking for more than a MILLION dollars and they want their name back too. They filed the suit at California’s Central District Court on Monday and are asking for an injunction. Apparently the guys think they’re entitled to the money because they’re suffering “substantial confusion and substantial damage.”
The court papers state that the American group has been using the name since 2009 and have two albums. They also applied to trademark their name in February 2011.
I don’t know if this is a publicity stunt to make headlines, but I don’t think the way to get fans is to sue one of the most popular bands in the world. There’s no going back now —the British One Direction will always be One Direction. And how unique are band names anyway? I’m sure there are tons of bands around the world that have the exact same name without even realizing it.
The lawsuit says Simon Cowell’s record label Syco ignored the plaintiff’s rights. A spokesperson for the UK group said: ”One Direction’s management tried to resolve the situation amicably when the matter first came to light, but the Californian group has now filed a lawsuit claiming they own the name.” He also said: ”One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.” [Source]
We already saw five teens who are saving themselves for One Direction, but what happens when they’re let out on the street? Total mayhem. Running. Confusion. Tears streaking black mascara.
I diagnose all these ladies with One Direction Hysteria, an addiction that can only be reversed through intervention and intense rehab. If you or someone you know is showing one of these symptoms, contact a hypothetical boy band doctor immediately.
1) The unquestioned confidence that you can convince four 1D members to be in a polygamous marriage, because one isn’t enough.
2) Constantly looking at the sky and asking “Why? Why are they SO BEAUTIFUL?”
3) Losing balance and toppling to the ground in a fit of sobs. Wearing a green superhero cape and carrying One Direction paraphernalia will not ward off symptoms like garlic. In fact, it will make it worse.
4) Extreme happiness that results in methodical crying and running mascara.
5) Creating pacts/alliances so you and your groupies have a better chance of finding 1D, getting their autographs or in extreme cases, locks of hair.
One Direction has definitely surpassed the requisites to achieve boy band legend status. Millions of Twitter followers: check. Number one album: check. Flashed by girls: check. Stalked: check, check, check.
But according to Paul McCartney, they haven’t achieved the success experienced by the Beatles… yet, at least.
“There are so many bands who all get called ‘the next Beatles.’ Suddenly it puts an awful lot of pressure on them to be the next Beatles,” he said on ITV’s Daybreak.
He added:”Oasis were ‘the next Beatles’ once if you remember. It’s a pressure, because suddenly you’ve got to live up to all the things that we did, and it was a different time. So let’s just call them ‘the next terrific band.’”
Do you agree or disagree? You’ll remember it wasn’t too long ago andPOP made the Beatles’ comparison in our interview with the guys. [Source]
Watch it below:
When I was in grade two my parents couldn’t separate me from my Nick Carter T- shirts and Backstreet Boys CDs. If you walked into my room, you’d see posters of
my love Nick plastered all over my bedroom walls. I even convinced my young and delusional self that when I became of age I would be known to the world as Mrs. Carter, even if it took excessive stalking coupled with voodoo magic.
Now, even though I’m older and slightly more mature I can’t stop my old symptoms from returning when I see boy bands like The Wanted, One Direction and Big Time Rush. Girls everywhere have an undying thirst for these smooth talking, ballad-singing, handsome guys. And I’m okay with that. Here’s why:
1) It’s been too long since I’ve relished in an upbeat, though formulaic, pop song. Ever since boy bands of yore bowed gracefully off the music scene, the radio has been filled with auto-tuned dance music. While I enjoy breaking it down every once in awhile, I miss those cheesy songs that make a girl feel… well, special. The songs that make you picture Justin Timberlake holding your hand and serenading you in front of all your friends. [Tugs on collar] Or am I the only one who imagines that? Anyone?
2) Have you seen One Direction’s Harry Styles? Harry you may call me if you’re reading this. With this new wave of boy bands you can crush on any of them guilt free. Members of old boy bands aren’t exactly boys anymore! The main reason we outgrew them isn’t just because they’re old; because trust me I do have a thing for older guys. Our favorite members are now married and have children, so it’s kind of hard to crush on them when you know their wives are waiting by the stage exit.
3) I’ll gladly indulge in a little more fandom. For those of you who were too young to see the Backstreet Boy’s first concert, to know Justin Timberlake pre-movies and solo career, or to know that the first real boy band was not the Jonas Brothers, then I will tell you: you will always have a favourite boy band and compete with fans of other boy bands. I for one am still head over heels obsessed with the Backstreet Boys and I may have cried a little when I saw them last summer at their reunion concert. But they were tears of joy.
The Wanted “Glad You Came”
4) The Wanted’s single “Glad You Came” is perfect for a day at the beach with your closest friends. My favourite memory will always be me and my friends rocking out to pop songs while reading the latest J14 issue. Boy bands create a soundtrack for your youth, whether you realize it or not.
5) Boy bands just overall make me feel happy “You don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful” I mean what girl wouldn’t feel instantly happy when they hear that on the radio?
One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”