Music Box: We Are The In Crowd, “Weird Kids”

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Lyrics about teenage angst: check. Rhythms dominated by power chords: check. Nostalgia about being back in middle school: check.
All these categories fit with pop-punk quintet We Are The In Crowd and their sophomore album, “Weird Kids.”
Continuing with the sound on the group’s debut album “Best Intentions,” We Are The In Crowd play music comparable to Paramore, My Chemical Romance and All Time Low, bands you probably added on your iPod in 8th grade.
Although for the most part, the album adds nothing to expand upon its genre, it does have a few diamonds in the rough.
The opening track, “Long Live the Kids” charmingly resembles My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade.” The first minute or so comes complete with marching percussion, piano and bells to crescendo into your standard punk anthem. Taylor Jardine’s voice sings of youth uprising, with a refrain and outro that wails, “Can’t tell us no!” Clocking in at over four minutes, the song is the longest on the album.
“Come Back Home” has a heartland rock feel. By mixing acoustic guitar rhythms with electric chords and melodies, and shared vocals between Jardine and guitarist Jordan Eckes (another element continued on this album), the song actually has the “radio rock” feel of being mild, contemporary and storytelling. The slide guitar break toward the end adds a tasteful country music element.
“Windows In Heaven” has more of an R&B feel, with Jardine showcasing her Haley Williams. The mellow, electronic beats and string arrangement also add to the change in pace, making for a hearty ballad.
It’s songs like these that show We Are The In Crowd is capable of doing more with its genre. Rather than writing filler music with “straight eight” rhythms and angry vocals about injustice and life struggles like the other seven songs on “Weird Kids,” the band can pull a “London Calling” and stretch the boundaries of pop-punk. Look at Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” for another great example on how this can be done.
While the album is a step up from “Best Intentions,” “Weird Kids” still falls short. Your Paramore collection should suffice for now though.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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