Release Date: Apr 28, 2014
Record label: NaÃ¯ve
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
If you're a dance-rock band with both feet firmly placed in the synth-heavy, post-rock '80s, you could do a lot worse than hire ex-DFA member Tim Goldsworthy to produce an album. He's worked magic with many bands over the course of his career, tightening up arrangements, punching up the beats, and generally helping bands make music that's built for maximum impact, both over headphones and on dancefloors. He's behind the board on We Have Band's third album, Movements, and his efforts have helped the band to deliver its best work yet.
If your foot isn’t tapping to We Have Band’s third album you’re probably not dead, just overwhelmed. The Manchester/London trio can knock out DFA-style utilitarian dance until long after the party’s over, but it’s packed to near-excess with dozens of ideas and sounds. ‘Movements’ is full of urgency; songs struggling to keep up with everything thrown at them.
Since their inception back in 2010, London three piece We Have Band have shown themselves to be very able at three minute electro pop tracks. Yet despite debut WHB and 2012’s Ternion containing great individual numbers, they’ve never displayed an ability to quite able to pull off this kinda punky, kinda electro, moody 80’s pop thing over a long player. With Metronomy and Klaxons moving into other areas, LCD Soundsystem out of action and Holy Ghost! (LCD’s rightful successors) making a hash of it on last year’s Dynamics, the time is right for We Have Band to fill in the kinda punky, kinda electro, moody 80’s pop thing gap, albeit on a much smaller scale.