Reviewed by: Sebastian Mackay
You can’t fault We Are The In Crowd. The level of passion, the emotion, the songwriting. They’re from a small town and with their debut album they began a steady climb to the top. Weird Kids is a quantum leap forward for this band and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else catches on.
Vocalist Taylor Jardine is sassy and her delivery packs a hell of a punch. Whether it’s the anthemic and emotional “Long Live The Kids” or the sarcastic anger of “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” these tracks are high octane and this isn’t an album to let pass you by. It moves from rock ballad to jump-around-and-scream seamlessly and is relatable, honest and all backed by awesome duets (vocals are shared by Jardine and lead guitarist Cameron Hurley) and pop punkest of the pop punk instrumentation.
If the album isn’t pulling on your heart strings then it’s a whole lot of fun. It encompasses everything good about pop punk but is also incredibly diverse. “Windows in Heaven” is a heartbreaking story that, musically, feels and sounds completely different from the rest of the album. It’s a stand out for being a further exploration of the band’s sound and what they can do.
Weird Kids was We Are The In Crowd pushing themselves and what they’ve come up with is 10 tracks of pop punk honesty, love, heartbreak, and a hell of a good time.