Release Date: Feb 18, 2014
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop
Three years after their 2011 debut cracked the Billboard Top 200, Poughkeepsie, New York's We Are the In Crowd deliver their follow-up LP, Weird Kids. The members of the pop-punk quintet, which formed in 2009, spent their first few years together in a whirlwind of activity, touring hard and releasing both their first EP and debut album shortly afterward. Working with veteran producer John Feldmann (All Time Low, Panic! At the Disco, the Used), the bandmembers took some time to get their heads together and stretch out a bit while making their follow-up.
Sadly nothing to do with Dobie Gray or Bryan Ferry, New York state-based We Are the In Crowd deal in the sort of cloyingly perky, chorus-heavy, impact-light pop that puzzlingly gets marketed as "punk", on the basis that its lyrics are vaguely angst-ridden. Their second album is a veritable atrocity exhibition of forgettable keyboard riffs, muzzled guitars, inane lyrics ("So toxic/ You ain't nothin' but a prick" – touché!) and the foghorn-subtle voice of frontwoman Tay Jardine. When she drops the stentorian bellow on Windows in Heaven, a surprisingly touching ballad about her late father takes shape.