By We Are The In Crowd
Fresh from the Warped Tour this Summer, We Are The In Crowd released their debut full-length album 'Best Intentions' in October this year through Hopeless Records. The five piece New York pop-punk band consists of Taylor Jardine (lead vocals), Jordan Eckes (vocals, guitar), Cameron Hurley (guitar), Mike Ferri (bass) and Rob Chianelli (drums). Their debut EP was released in 2009 and they've been touring since.
Every pop-punk band with a female lead singer is bound to draw Paramore comparisons and We Are The In Crowd are no different, but the comparisons are positive ones at least. Dual vocals with Jardine and Eckes give the band a new and exciting edge. Jardine's being stunningly similar to Hayley Williams' of Paramore but Eckes' being beautifully contrasting to hers, which is a pleasant surprise on first listen. The vocals are flawless.
First track and single from the album - 'Rumour Mill' - demonstrates the band's ability to write instantly memorable choruses and simple yet relatable lyrics. Combined with the fast paced guitar and drums, and beats that can easily be danced around to, this is a great pop-punk album, probably one of the best released this year. It's not all quite so fast paced, with 'All Or Nothing' slowing us down for a love ballad with beautiful harmonies from the two vocalists. The album is relatively short - only 10 songs long - which could be a problem for bigger fans but as a lot of the tracks have a fairly similar sound, I think is perfect length. Short and sweet.