We The Kings became a staple of the pop-punk genre after releasing what is arguably still their most known track, ‘Check Yes Juliet’. The song helped the group not only chart, but also become regulars of the soon to be done and dusted Vans Warped Tour.
Now, eleven years later, We The Kings are now crowdfunded with fans funding their albums since the 2013’s ‘Somewhere, Somehow’. Now we’re at the band’s aptly titled sixth album, ‘Six’, which also pays tribute to the honorary sixth member of We The Kings: the fans.
Opening with ‘On My Love’, an uplifting beat immediately takes over and a somewhat electro sound appears, proving that this is a different step in genre than we’re used to. Although largely different, the chorus remains upbeat and the use of drum ensures that the pop-punk band we once knew is still there in the distance.
Tracks such as ‘I Won’t Settle’, ‘Mama Knows Best’, and ‘Ride’ reinforce this new poppier, electro side of the band. Sounding similar to the sounds that bands such as All Time Low are now creating, these tracks show the maturity of the band whilst remaining loyal to the current trends.
‘Six’ still includes some tracks that resemble the band we all fell in love with, with its familiar pop-punk edge. ‘Planes, Trains & Cars’ is a typical pop-punk track, with an almost nostalgic sound taking us all the way back to 2007. ‘Even If It Kills Me’, ‘Alive’, and ‘Festival Music’ are similar, enabling the album to include what both the fans love and what the band need to do to progress as musicians.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the progression of six albums is the solid songwriting craftsmanship that they have managed to master. Even the less enjoyable and less gripping tracks on the album offer interesting ideas that fundamentally make the songs hard to skip over.
When listening to ‘Six’, it becomes apparent why We The Kings have managed to continue going for over a decade. The band successfully manages to take steps forward to appeal to new audiences and new eras, yet still features tracks that allow guitars to be the focal point.
Despite a slight change in sound, We The Kings and their latest effort ‘Six’ is still catchy, anthemic, and very fun; everything that the band has stood for since their entrance into the pop-punk world.