We The Kings
We The Kings


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
December 6th, 2007 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Smooth, soothing, honest, sincere and enjoyable pop punk you don't need to feel guilty about enjoying.

Like the vast majority of music lovers, I genuinely enjoy going to concerts. Along with the obvious pleasure of seeing bands I know and love lay down a terrific set, one of my favorite aspects about going to shows is discovering new bands. As of late it seems opening bands have been on one extreme or another for me. I say that in the sense that they cause me to either plug my ears during their set or shovel some money out of my wallet and make my way towards their merch table after the show. I recently discovered band called We The Kings who caused me to do the second of the two scenarios. Their wonderfully performed, tight, upbeat, and catchy sound is perfectly captured on their self titled debut record. Throughout the record they perfectly balance genuine sincerity and youthful energy. The final product is an infectiously solid and cheerful sound.

The style of pop punk they play is incredibly easy to get into. Between their soothing progressions and fairly laid back riffs, the group does not focus on the punk part of their genre. It’s rare to find a ‘mosh’ moment on the record and I won’t say this about most pop punk records but I’m glad this is the case here. What their moderately paced music does is allow vocalist Travis Clark’s voice to fully shine. He just has a voice which speaks to listeners with genuine sincerity and does so in a seemingly effortless manner. Typically the group churns out tunes with softer verses and louder choruses. They use this style in the first six songs on the record and I wouldn’t hesitate to label them all incredibly enjoyable jams. Single “Skyway Avenue” stands out as Travis exercises some perfectly placed and executed falsetto in the chorus. “August Is Over” perfectly showcases their clean guitar based verse and explosive chorus style. Now you must be thinking this formula on a pop punk has disaster written all over it, especially in the long run.

Thankfully, the group rarely finds itself stuck in a rut of repetition as the songs are quite easy to differentiate as the group is quite solid instrumentally. Guitarist Hunter Thomsen exercises the same style in the majority of songs. However, quality stays high as he churns out some great clean riffs and contrasts them with terrific lightly distorted progressions. Some slightly distorted riffs are placed sparingly throughout the record and really add a lot to tracks such as “The Quiet”. While the brief lead in “Stay Young” may be the only one the record has to offer, it is a superior fit for the track. In terms of the rhythm section the group does a very respectable job. Bassist Drew Thomsen is heard clearly throughout most of the record and shines especially during the softer verses. Drummer Danny Duncan manages to never overplay a section or make himself vulnerable for the metronome label. His smooth tom shuffles in “All Again For You” add a tremendous amount of depth to the song. Instrumentally the group is nothing out of the ordinary but they do more than enough to keep things entertaining.

When that is combined with a terrific singer who fits the music perfectly, all that’s left in the equation is lyrical content. The majority of the songs are love and relationship oriented. This is a huge red flag on many records but here the sincerity and authenticity of the lyrics far outweighs the cheese factor. When delivered the lyrics are nearly impossible to ignore due to their sheer honesty. The group isn’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves as nothing is held back. When the record comes to a close with the piano based ballad “This Is Our Town” listeners really gain an appreciation that the group has created a wonderful record. The track is emotional and dramatic without being overdone. That phrase just about sums up the entire record. Things are sincere and honest and when coupled with an enjoyably smooth and catchy sound, the record is hard to ignore. Its certainly a pop punk record, but its one that you don’t need to feel guilty about spinning. We The Kings certainly have a bright future in front of them as their self titled record and tour schedule supporting it has them moving forward at an impressive pace. By 2008 they are almost guaranteed to be a household name in the pop punk world. And they’re even pretty cute on top of it all.

Recommend Tracks:
Skyway Avenue
Check Yes Juliet
August Is Over
All Again For You

Final Rating: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KillMeQuickly
December 7th 2007


9 Comments


Very well written review. I will surely buy *ahem* download this album.

TheStarclassicTreatment
December 7th 2007


2910 Comments


Great review.
I'm gunna check this out now.

TheStarclassicTreatment
December 7th 2007


2910 Comments


Sounds like All Time Low a bit too much, still pretty cool though.

the comfort of home
December 9th 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. I was thinking of buying this for a while so I finally did. I haven't listened to it enough to rate it yet but my initial impression is really positive - I pretty much agree with you so far.

It's really solid pop-punk, for sure!

bigdix782
March 20th 2008


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i had higher hopes for it... it felt to me like i was listening to a combo of AAR first cd and Cartel's first cd put together

EchoPark
April 8th 2008


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is one best I've heard this year.

Great vocals.

toff323
May 26th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i really love this album and i really liked your review of it. they are really fun to see in concert.

BSX
May 28th 2008


1634 Comments


Travis should really comb his hair.

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OpusDei
July 1st 2008


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a guilty pleasure of mine.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 1st 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing these dudes at warped tour.

ToWhatEnd
July 2nd 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good live band. I'll probably catch them there as long as they aren't playing at the same time as Mayday Parade.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 2nd 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Psh yeah I actually agree there. But ATL is who I'm really dying to see.

ToWhatEnd
July 2nd 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They aren't playing my stop but they are playing in Baltimore three days after it (well and two days after it as well) so I'm going to see them then with Hit the Lights, Valenica and There For Tomorrow (new love). ATL is pretty rockin' live despite their massive blink-182 rip off jokes. What stop are you going to?

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 2nd 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Cinci. Pretty much all the good bands out there right now are going to be there. I'll check out There For Tomorrow though haven't heard any of their stuff, or even of them tbh.

I hear ATL is the sh*t live though. And yeah the blink 182 thievery can get a bit annoying but seriously, someone has to do the job.

Oh and jealous that you're seeing Hit the Lights.

ToWhatEnd
July 2nd 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah There For Tomorrow just got signed to Hopeless a few months back. Their debut EP is on iTunes now and comes out in stores August 5th. Don't exactly know what's up with the timing but it is what it is. No More Room to Breathe and Pages are both stellar tracks. Regarding ATL live, I saw them either 6 or 7 times last year and missed some shows of theirs. Little easy to do when they are from your hometown but yeah definitely an incredible band to see live.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 2nd 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's awesome that they are from your hometown. Are they as cool as they seem (assuming you've talked to them before).

And I'll def. be checking out There for Tomorrow later on today.

ToWhatEnd
July 2nd 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they are definitely nice guys. The fame has gotten to their heads a little bit but given their age it's very understandable. They are still really nice dudes though and come to local shows when they are off tour.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 2nd 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fame has gotten to their heads a little bit but given their age it's very understandable.


Yeah, tell me about it, that happens all the time these days with these up and coming pop punk bands. Good to hear they're still nice though.

Scenegirlsdontbang
July 3rd 2008


106 Comments


My German teacher is the Cousin of the drummer. Crazy eh?

k182hy
July 5th 2008


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Travis voice's is amazing, even in live records (aka YouTube videos) .
And hell yeah i want to see these guys here soon.



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