ALBUM: We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids

Release Date: February 17th, 2014
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.wearetheincrowd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearetheincrowd
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wearetheincrowd

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Steadily increasing in popularity across the pop-punk scene, New York five-piece We Are The In Crowd have returned with their second full-length release, ‘Weird Kids’. This record not only shows a darker side to this energetic band, but a move to a more mature version of themselves, having now developed their sound further and aren’t just relying on catchy hooks. It also provides a title for fans to unite under, with less of a social backlash than identifying as a Belieber.

Album opener, ‘Long Live The Kids’, is a much calmer introduction than previous records, but nicely demonstrates the band’s new direction, with frontwoman Tay Jardine‘s voice subdued but as powerful as ever. New single, ‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened)’, sees the return of an infectious chorus but with a lot more attitude and angst than previous singles, giving this record some much needed bite and is similar to later big-hitter, ‘Dreaming Out Loud’.

Ensuring they still play to their strengths by showcasing the vocal dynamic between Jardine and guitarist, Jordan Eckes, We Are The In Crowd sound incredibly strong on tracks such as ‘Manners’ and early favourite, ‘Attention’. Showing how much they have matured, WATIC bearing an emotional side of themselves in the form of ‘Windows In Heaven’, featuring a heartfelt delivery of the lyrics from Jardine over a stripped down, almost a capella background.

We Are The In Crowd are clearly going from strength to strength and ‘Weird Kids’, despite its playful title, really demonstrates how this band has grown. Even hailing back to their roots on final track, ‘Reflections’, they keep their more mature edge and round off this record perfectly. Fans will no doubt be thrilled with We Are The In Crowd‘s return to the music scene, and the band themselves will no doubt win over plenty more listeners as this album takes off and gains them more much deserved success.

Written by Jonathon Barlow

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