Words by Gina Catalano
The sophomore record by pop-rockers We Are The In Crowd comes at the perfect time in their career. Weird Kids, which is backed by Hopeless Records, is an album of back-to-back anthems full of powerhouse vocals and killer guitar riffs. From a lyrical standpoint, the band has really stepped up as songwriters and opened up a window of vulnerability that was lacking in their first record. If We Are The In Crowd wasn’t your cup of tea before, this album is definitely worth giving them another chance.
The opening song, “Long Live the Kids”, is a buildup of what to expect from the rest of the record – it starts slow; a single piano and lead vocalist Tay Jardine’s softer side of her voice. Suddenly, the rest of the band makes their entrance and the gang vocals that you can’t help but sing along to rush past the piano.
The second track on the record, “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”, is heavily influenced in girl power-themed lyrics. This track, like so many others on the record, is laced with the perfect mixture of catchy lyrics and sing-along gang vocals.
The stand-out track on this record has to be “Windows in Heaven”, where Jardine gets raw and emotional in her songwriting as well as her storytelling. It’s a song that definitely tugs on the heartstrings of anyone who can relate to the lyrics.
The album has a central theme of being ‘weird’ and being proud of it. The band’s tales of growing up doesn’t take away from their younger audience but in a way prepares them. The complexity of being ‘weird’ or being an outcast is highlighted as a positive title. Stay weird, kids.