I had the pleasure of attending This Century’s final night of their headlining tour at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA this past week. The direct support on the tour was former A Rocket To The Moon front man, Nick Santino, who braced the stage by himself with plenty of jokes and interactions with the crowd. Throughout Santino’s set, he kept reflecting back on old stories and sharing incidents that had happened over the years while on the road touring; he’d talk about his alter ego ‘Rick’ as the star of the night. Santino often cursed on stage and would immediately apologize or ask the crowd to “excuse his language,” which then lead to him explaining how when he performs in Boston, his mother is in attendance, therefore you won’t hear any curse words coming out of his mouth.
Mid set, Santino shared that on this tour he has been playing A Rocket To The Moon’s song “Baby Blue Eyes” by himself, but tonight the crowd is in for a treat with ARTTM’s drummer, Andrew Cook, and bassist, Eric Halvorsen, were in attendance to join him on stage. The crowd screamed with excitement as the three of them busted out into song. Even though ARTTM has been broken up for only 6 months, you can tell fans already miss them as a whole.
Next up to perform was headliner, This Century; the band is not a stranger to the walls of Chain Reaction. I’ve seen This Century perform a ton over the past 5 years and it was a pleasant surprise to see the band perform their set with an acoustic jam vibe. While missing bassist/pianist Alex Silverman, drummer Ryan Gose stepped up to the plate to play the keyboard on the song “Running In Circles.” This Century have a way of crafting two songs together for a gigantic sing along; the transition from “My Weakness” to “Hopeful Romantic” was seamless with major crowd participation.
I was pleased to hear a lot of songs off of their May 2013 release, Biography of Heartbreak, which is one of my favorite records of the year. I’ve always felt like This Century was an underrated band with incredible songs that deserve to be heard by the masses. I could see their music being licensed in major TV/films, as well as rocking to huge crowd at Coachella. I thoroughly enjoyed my night at Chain Reaction watching bands I’ve been following for years. Check out This Century in 2014 when they head out on the road with We The Kings.
Review and photos by Kate Cordova