Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Record label: NaÃ¯ve
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
We Have BandTernion[Naïve; 2012]By Rob Hakimian; March 2, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetThey say three is a magic number, and We Have Band seem to believe in that. They have three members, three words in their band name and have named their latest album (their second, not their third unfortunately) Ternion, which is defined as “three: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one. ” They also strive to create music that works on three levels: as something purely poppy, as something that you’ll find has more intricacies if you concentrate, and as something that you can dance to when turned up loud.
We Have Band's debut album, 2010's WHB, showed the London trio to be top-notch new wave dance revivalists. Filled with uptempo tracks, jumping basslines, and frenetic vocals, the album was a fun nostalgia trip with a modern edge. Two years later on Ternion, it sounds like the band is in a slightly darker place. There's a gloom that hangs over the album like a cloud, infecting the melodies and vocals with a melancholy that is both distant and painfully intimate.
In many ways, it was to We Have Band’s advantage that they didn’t release their debut album until 2010. Had they emerged in 2007, they’d have been cheaply branded as ‘nu rave’ and mopped up in the same fluorescent puddle as Shitdisco and Hadouken! On the plus side, their nightclub-friendly four-minute indie might have had a few more column inches dedicated to it, but probably nobody would have have wanted to write about it two years later. Fortunately for them, We Have Band emerged too late to be too closely associated with any made-up music scene.
We Have Band are preparing for the release of their sophomore album next week (30th January). ‘Ternion’, from the Latin for a group of three, sees the group take a stylistic departure from their debut ‘WHB’ so we asked the threesome to give us a Track By Track account of the record, complete with a stream below.1. ShiftThis was the first track that came out of the initial writing sessions for ‘Ternion’.