Opulent and ambitious – these were some of the words that came to mind a minute and thirty seconds into Weird Kids – pop/rock quintet We Are The In Crowd’s upcoming sophomore record. Wonderfully reminiscent of 2007 Paramore and infused with their 2011 Best Intentions vibe, We Are The In Crowd does a remarkable job providing us with the perfect addition to their discography. Set to release on February 18th, fans can expect a very good kind of Weird from these upstate New Yorkers.

Welcoming violins, church bells, and a variation of electronics into the picture, the band renders fans with music ranging from pop-y Las Vegas to rock and roll Chicago. This ten-track release opens with “Long Live the Kids,” a steady, exhilarating track that really builds and paves the way for the rest of the record to truly wow their fans.

“The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” would definitely fall as one of my favorite tracks. This song, which apparently has already been a huge hit at several UK shows, reveals the edgier, more punk side of WATIC and the lyrics, which are those of an impassioned love affair, fasten onto the track really well. “Dreaming Out Loud” is another track everyone should watch out for as it also falls under the edgier spectrum of this release.

Although it would have felt more satisfying to hear the record end with a song as powerful and grand as the first track, the whole thing was tied together really well, overall. All of the “Be who you want to be” underlying messages found in the lyrics, accompanied by the good balance between pop and rock resulted in the production of a collection of very solid songs that will evidently take We Are The In Crowd to newer heights.

In a recent interview with Alter The Press, lead singer Taylor Jardine says, “(the record) has the idea of people being kind of strange and outside of the box and making it work” – a statement that sums up both the meaning behind the record’s title and the record’s significance to the band and to everyone else who gets the privilege of hearing it.

About halfway into streaming the record, I fell into the musical abyss and completely forgot I was in the process of writing this review. There’s just something about Weird Kids that falls into place; there’s something about it that makes it feel a lot like home.

Rating: 8/10

(by Dana Reandelar)

Written by Catherine Powell

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