It was a sad day for the pop-punk scene back in February 2016 when New York quintet We Are The In Crowd announced news of their hiatus, unleashing a wave of disappointment across the scene. Thankfully, there was always the intention to carry on but in a smaller group, and heading in a more pop-influenced direction: Sainte. Their debut EP, ‘Smile, And Wave’, is their introduction into the world, and a very welcome one at that.
New single ‘Eyes Are Open’ opens things up with an enthusiastic, upbeat instrumental before Tay Jardine‘s vocal float over the top, leading into an alarmingly catchy chorus which becomes a theme of the record. First single, ‘Technicolor’, is a spectacularly infectious number that’s full of energy and has been rattling around heads since its release lastOctober.
Slowing down the momentum for a moment, Sainte take a much more subdued approach on ‘Lighthouse’. Almost a ballad, this track is very well delivered by Jardine, who adapts well to the less energetic environment.
The strongest highlights of the release come in the forms of ‘With Or Without Me’ and ‘White Lies’, both of which are incredibly catchy, but have some very poignant, relatable lyrics which will no doubt be firm fan favourites for many shows to come.
Final track ‘If You Ever Feel Alone’ rounds off the EP in an strongly relatable but positive manner. As much as the members of Sainte aren’t fresh blood, ‘Smile, And Wave’ is a debut release and a very strong one at that, and one that will drive them from strength-to-strength.
As much as it’s disappointing that We Are The In Crowd‘s hiatus seems to be for the long-term, fans can take solace in the fact that Sainte are here and will be for the foreseeable future.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)