We Are The In Crowd
Weird Kids


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
February 13th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 02/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unabashed pop-punk glory; We Are the In Crowd skate the (somewhat) sophomore slump and release their strongest album yet.

We are the In Crowd (WATIC) fall outside of my usual musical tastes; normally I am writing about thrash metal or obscure 80s hair bands. A few years ago I was going through a bad breakup; late at night with my headphones on I was staring at the wall listening to someone’s horrendous “break up mix” on YouTube. Suddenly this amazing acoustic piece started and I was blown away at how connected to my actual emotions the lyrics of the song were. That song was ‘Never Be What You Want’ and I was hooked. Debuting in 2009 they released a few individual tracks before their debut EP hit the market. Many critics were overly eager to lump them in with the Paramore clones (attractive female single with a good voice and pop-punk leanings, it is understandable). With Weird Kids WATIC excel where others falter, stepping out of the shadow of other bands in the genre and claiming a space of their own.

The most interesting thing the band brings (and has always brought) to the table is the vocal interplay between Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes. Jardine’s is effervescent with just enough grit to make it palpable and layered with an old soul (which really helps on the slower songs). In juxtaposition Eckes straddles the typical punk/pop border with a dancer’s grace. The tongue in cheek lyrics and their dual harmonies make this album and all of their others a fun listen. Eckes also helps with the bands guitar duties, though that is not to discount Cameron Hurley (guitar) and Mike Ferri (bass). Interesting vocals would matter little without an excellent rhythm section to accompany them. The real lynchpin though is Rob Chianelli on the drums, whose work here walks well above the good line. Solid in his basic work, the fills and extras presented here keep the rhythm section from being more than just a set piece for Jardine.

WATIC are certainly improving in their song writing abilities. The hooks present here are the strongest that they have developed yet and should translate amazingly to a live setting. Lead single ‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened) is tailor made for singing along and is definitely an ear worm of the nth degree. This time out the songs find the band exploring some deeper topics than relationships (though songs of that nature are certainly still there) and stepping into more emotional territory. Don’t You Worry is a song about family and the simplistic, yet gorgeous Windows In Heaven is a bittersweet ballad that give Jardine a chance to flex her vocal skills and play the listeners heartstrings like a virtuoso.

There is some disjointedness in the flow of the album, which can hinder the listening experience. Even a few days in I have found that certain tracks work better in a different order. The two biggest offenders are ‘Attention’ and Remember (To Forget You). Attention is a decent up-tempo track and would have been a stellar opener. That being said, the only other negative here is the short running time. Some of the songs would have benefitted from less pop music stripping. I understand making things “radio-friendly” but with such a capable and entertaining rhythm section at their disposal, I would have loved to hear more from them. The electronic interjections and sample usage, had it been given over to a few tasteful guitar solos or tasteful jamming from the guys would have been more welcome. Still, fans of the band and genre will be more than pleased that We are the In Crowd has not fallen prey to the typical “bad” 2nd album.



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BlackLlama
February 13th 2014


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'll have to update the recs and what not later. Outside of my usualy tastes, but one of my favorite pop-punk bands.

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Mort.
February 13th 2014


3760 Comments


album rating 3, review rating 4 wat

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Mort.
February 13th 2014


3760 Comments


oh and decent review pos'd

itchybutthole
February 13th 2014


2491 Comments


by the band pic in here id say they are bad but ill never listen to this so i guess well never know

BlackLlama
February 13th 2014


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Changing :D I had it at a 3 while it was unreleased.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


19916 Comments


haven't really been able to get into these guys, but nice to see you're still reviewing.

Something small I noticed:

"tailor made for singing along and is definitely an ear worm of the nth degree"

ninth degree?

Also, you'd prolly really dig Tonight Alive if you haven't heard them.

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unaMUSEd
February 13th 2014


1101 Comments


Solid album but I'm slightly disappointed with the final product because the first 4 songs they released are so much better than the rest of the album.

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Mutantsnowstorm
February 13th 2014


143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, good album. I still like the debut better but this is certainly a step in the right direction for them

BlackLlama
February 13th 2014


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nth degree is a colonialism :D



The EP from WATIK is still my favorite thing they've put out.

BlackLlama
February 13th 2014


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Atari if you dig this, check out Love, Robot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtDxmU_aOZk

lignimvite
February 13th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You typed WATIK but it's actually WATIC lol but it doesn't matter. Typos aside great review of a great album. The first few paragraphs describe my feelings for the album perfectly. I wish it was longer to, but they're releasing two bonus tracks on their CDs from Best Buy (crappy deal if You ask me, should've had them on iTunes). I'm thinking about writing a track by track review, but I don't know if I'll get around to it.

joshieboy12345
February 13th 2014


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review yeah.

BlackLlama
February 13th 2014


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha didn't even notice I changed the C to a K :p Fixed that lol

unaMUSEd
February 14th 2014


1101 Comments


lignimvite don't write a tbt you'll get torn apart on here

joshieboy12345
February 14th 2014


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

''omg track by tracks are so gay''

scottpilgrim10
February 18th 2014


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have this at a 4 right now because its really catchy and varied for a pop punk band, but I'm leaning between a 4-3.5 at the moment. I might just be biased to Paramore like bands

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tmagistrelli
February 20th 2014


730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

this is better than their last album. but not by much. debut ep was the bomb diggity.

unaMUSEd
February 21st 2014


1101 Comments


This is growing on me fast I might bump it.

scottpilgrim10
February 22nd 2014


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm now listening to Best Intentions for the first time, and that sucks compared to this album. Best Intentions is so boring and monotone except for the first few songs.

unaMUSEd
February 22nd 2014


1101 Comments


Rumor Mill is the only thing I like on Best Intentions.



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