Weird kids – We Are The In Crowd

The New York five-piece return with a much more mature album that will be singing its way around your head for weeks.

It has been a long time since We Are The In Crowd have released a record – about 3 years in fact – and with all that time the fans anticipation for their next album was sure to be very high. With ‘Weird Kids’ the band have met those expectations and surpassed them significantly; in a nutshell the album shows the band member’s transformation into young adults.

weird 1Straight away from the album’s opening track ‘Long Live The Kids’, it is obvious that the band have left behind their simple pop/punky style, and are starting on the road of a much mature record which looks at serious themes. A light piano and Tay Jardine’s – the lead singer – vocals drag us into the track, and as soon as the rest of the band come in it is obvious that this is a meaningful record. As Jardine sings about looking out for yourself and living how you want to live, “Hang on, be strong, long live the kids in us all”. However, despite what the lyrics say, it sounds as though the song is about anyone, that you should choose to live your life the way you want to; Jardine’s screams of “No, no, no, nooo” in the breakdown make sure of that. It is an anthem that starts off the journey of an incredible album.

‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened)’ is definitely the biggest track on the album, it forces its way in to your ears with an aggressive guitar riff as soon as the preceding track has finished; and will keep you listening as the band show how much they have grown since their last record. With lyrics like “So toxic, you ain’t nothing but a prick”, it is easy to see that Jardine is not messing around, the song’s meaning – about basically screaming to your ex that they are the ones missing out – appears to be one close to the vocalist’s heart. It’s such a well constructed song with a sing-a-long chorus that leaves you begging for more.

As the band – completed by Jordan Eckes on guitar, Mike Ferri on bass, Cameron Hurley on guitar and Rob Chianelli on drums – have matured through their music so have their fans, as they have grown-up with them. Whereas their 2011 album ‘ Best Intentions’ was a pop-punk party album that was more of a continuation of their 2010 EP ‘Guaranteed To Disagree’, Weird Kids is definitely taking a path to finding their sound. Everything about the album shows the band’s growth, whether it be the determined-to-make-a-statement lyrics from Jardine, the hard-hitting drums by Chianelli or the grainier sounding guitar riffs by Eckes, when they put it all together, you can’t help but sing a long and feel compelled to understand the lyric’s meanings.

As the album continues, ‘Attention’ kicks in; it was the first single released from this record, and gave fans a little taster of what was to come. The track combines the band’s new style in the verses with a pop/punk catchy chorus that mirrors their work on Best Intentions; the entire song gives everything that the group have right up until the end. As soon as this song finishes and ‘Dreaming Out Loud’ comes in we are reminded of the new sound which We Are The In Crowd are putting across. The track – which is the rockiest on the album – starts off with a very raw riff, and ends with an explosive screaming of the chorus which, like many of the other songs, ends too quickly and beckons for us listen again.

There are a lot of pop/punk bands out there making a name for themselves everyday, so it is quite easy to pass them by. WATIC offer something different though, something that makes them stand out from the others; the back and forth singing of Jardine and Eckes on nearly every song. By having the lead singer and guitarist exchange lines – and the fact that they are male and female – it gives them the opportunity to sing songs from two different perspectives. Just as they did on their 2010 EP with ‘Both Sides of the Story’; both sang from either sides of a break-up.

It is really hard to actually distinguish a weak song on the album, however the two that stand out more than any others are ‘Remember (To Forget You)’ and ‘Don’t You Worry’. Not because they are bad songs, but primarily because they come across as being more suited for the band’s previous album. The very light sing-a-long pop choruses just don’t fit in with the image that they are now trying to promote.

crowd 1‘Windows in heaven’ is a beautiful ballad from Jardine to her late father, and it captures the listener so well because of the lyrics which will be relatable to fans who have also lost loved ones. Through the entire song you can feel the vocalist pouring out her heart in hopes that her grandfather is proud of her, “If you could see me now, would you be pleased and proud.” I think it’s safe to say that he would be.

In the same way that their Best Intentions album ended with the powerful ‘Better Luck Next Time’, Weird Kids concludes with another catchy-hooking track – ‘Reflections’ – which will get any fan dancing around in their bedroom to. Just as the album opener screamed about living your life as you see fit, the closer touches on the topic once again, “Destiny is overrated, so I think I’ll write my own”. Jardine is giving a message to all the fans out there to write your own destiny and not live someone else’s. With that, the short album is over, and leaves you begging for more.

If this is We Are The In Crowd trying to find their sound, then I think they can stop looking. One thing is for certain, although these five kids may be weird, in the short 10-song album…they have definitely grown up.

Weird Kids is out now.

Listen to: The Best Thing (That Never Happened), Come Back Home and Dreaming Out Loud.

The full track-listing is as follows:

Long Live The Kids

The Best Thing (That Never Happened)

Manners

Come Back Home

Attention

Dreaming Out Loud

Remember (To Forget You)

Don’t You Worry

Windows In Heaven

Reflections

Best Intentions – We Are The In Crowd

Debut Album Puts Pop-Punk Rockers On The Musical Map

If the lack of music from female fronted bands in the past year has given you the blues, prepare to get back into the spirit of dancing and singing to catchy hooks and inspiring lyrics. The ambitious five-piece from Poughkeepsie, New York which are taking the Pop-Punk scene by storm are called ‘We Are The In Crowd’.

best-intentions-coverThe band formed in 2009 and is fronted by Taylor ‘Tay’ Jardine, who captures the true feeling that is needed in a band of this genre when she is singing and performing. Jardine is joined by guitarist Jordan Eckes, guitarist Cameron Hurley, bassist Mike Ferri and drummer Rob Chianelli. Together they will make you remember what this genre means.

Although every time a new band who has a female vocalist comes to prominence they are instantly related to the band ‘Paramore’, and the singer is ridiculed for copying the style of Paramore’s front-woman Hayley Williams. This can not be the case with We Are The In Crowd because they bring something new to the table by having Jardine and Eckes sing together and separately.

The transition between Jardine and Eckes works really well, and they create a style which not many bands before have been able to do throughout a whole album. The singers take on different roles in the songs, with the Jardine portraying a girl’s half of a relationship, and Eckes showing the boy’s side. These two really come together well and when backed up with catchy rhythms, huge guitar drops and sing-a-long lyrics, the band will win you over in no time.

You can see throughout the album how Taylor Jardine can be related to Hayley Williams of Paramore, because she sings with the same melodic highs and lows that Williams does. Plus with the style of guitar playing by Eckes it is no wonder non-avid listeners would mistake the band for Paramore.

We Are The In CrowdThe album does offer some good high points with the tracks, such as the recently released single ‘Rumour Mill’, this crowd jumping, fun catchy song is a great way to start the album off. However when listening, it seems to be the strongest song on the album, songs like ‘You’ve Got It Made’ and ‘All Or Nothing’ seem to be lacking something, they are songs which you can casually nod your head along to and wait for the next powerful song on the album. The band does bring back the power though with a great duet by Jardine and Eckes in ‘Kiss Me Again’, and the album ends with the catchy ballad ‘Better Luck Next Time’ which signs the album off on a good note.

With Paramore only releasing one official song (Monster) since the departure of guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro and the music scene not hearing from fellow Pop-Punkers and female fronted band Hey Monday since their debut album ‘Hold On Tight’ in 2008 it’s a relief that a band has picked up the pieces and will carry the torch.

Here’s looking at you kids…

Best Intentions is out now.

Listen to: Rumour Mill, Kiss Me Again and See You Around.

The Full Track-Listing is as Follows:

Rumour Mill

This Isn’t Goodbye, It’s BRB

The Worst Thing About Me

Kiss me Again

On Your Own

All Or Nothing

Exits And Entrances

See You Around

You’ve Got It Made

Better Luck Next Time