Although having recently formed in 2009, newcomers We Are The In Crowd are sure to catch everyone's attention with their debut EP titled, Guaranteed To Disagree. They've already made heads turn by having their song For The Win featured in an episode of MTV's The Hills and by scoring themselves a spot on the entire 2010 Warped Tour. Their EP is bound to have everyone talking, and disagreeing is the last thing listeners will be doing. How's this for an oxymoron, I dare say that music lovers and critics alike are guaranteed to like Guaranteed To Disagree.
Five members make up the band, We Are The In Crowd: Tay Jardine (vocals), Jordan Eckes (guitar and vocals), Mike Ferri (bass), Rob Chianelli (drums) and Cameron Hurley (guitar). What really sets We Are The In Crowd apart from other female/male split bands is that there is both a female and male vocalist, and we get to hear each vocalist sing their hear out on every track. They say there are two sides to every story, and with the combined vocal stylings of Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes, listeners will be able to hear both sides of the story. Listeners will also be able to hear Jardine and Eckes form mutual understandings in the choruses of each track. These qualities make every track on the EP enjoyable and relevant to both genders.
Guaranteed To Disagree begins with a bang. The first track, Carry Me Home, does an excellent job setting the tone for the rest of the EP and it show cases the pop/rock sound and talent of We Are The In Crowd. Carry Me Home describes two people struggling with their opposite views and plans in life but still wanting to take a chance which is re-iterated with lyrics like, "tonight let's play with our hearts. Let's show this small town just what we're worth." One thing that can be noticed right away is the incredible vocal talent of Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes. Jardine, the female vocalist, has a voice that will give you chills. Her power and range could give Hayley Williams from Paramore a run for her money. As for the male vocalist, Jordan Eckes, his voice is equally as good with a rather unique flair. The other thing that is noticeable is the band's ability to put together a song that is not only strong vocally but melodically as well. The guitar (Eckes and Hurley), bass (Ferri) and drums (Chianelli) all work together perfectly to create the right tone for the lyrics of the song. In fact, the blending of all 3 instruments helps to point out the difference in opinions between the two people, and helps make the story of the song more believable.
The second track, Never Be What You Want features the lead singer, Will Pugh of Cartel, and together they create a perfect self-discovery anthem. At one point or another, we all get caught in a relationship where we realize we are struggling to be someone the other person wants. Never Be What You Want describes this feeling perfectly. In this song, both sides admit to having a deep love for each other and wanting things to be the way they used to be, but it has become a relationship where neither party can fully be themselves. The contrasting vocals show the struggle in the relationship, but the upbeat melody suggests the two people break free with no bitter ending. They were just two people with different needs.
Shifting to the other end of the relationship spectrum, track 3, Both Sides Of The Story, describes two people who have just come to resent each other's qualities and just plain resent one another. This message is driven home by fast paced, almost angry sounding drum beats and guitar rhythms, and also by the lyrics, "you're not quite Satan but I really think I hate you." After 3 tracks, listeners will notice that the lyrics of each song are non-scripted. The lyrics drive home any emotion whether it's happy, confused or angry.
Tracks four and five, Lights Out and We Need a Break show the edgier, more rock side of We Are The In Crowd melody and lyric wise. Both describe a relationship in a stand still. That once seemingly perfect relationship just starts falling apart. There are a lot of stupid fights and each person just gets to the point where they just don't want to fight anymore. Listeners will want to scream the lyrics of these songs at the top of their lungs and maybe even do some hardcore rocking out in their rooms, cars, etc. Track six, For The Win is the song that was featured on MTV's The Hills, and after listening to the lyrics, it is obvious why it was. It fits the show perfectly. It's about how people can ruin relationships, friendships, etc. just by opening their mouths and acting like they're too good for everyone else. The song is powerful and will definitely put people in their place with lyrics like, "you have a big mouth. Should have shut it in the first place."
The last track on the EP is a perfect way to end the EP, especially since it is a song about final words and endings. Calendar Pages shows another dimension of relationships where one person is feeling smothered while the other person is feeling hurt and ignored. It's like this never ending circle. Time was wasted, things are getting old, the two people will never agree, and they're just counting down the days until it's over. It's a catchy track that will have listeners foot tapping and nodding their heads. Although, the melody of the song is just the right combination of pop and rock that listeners won't want this to be the end.
It's a safe assumption that everyone will have Guaranteed To Disagree on repeat. We Are The In Crowd's fan base is bound to expand after its June 8th release. As a band they accomplish what many bands fail to do. They were able to create well-crafted pop/rock songs that show every single aspect of a relationship from both the female and male side. All the problems and the roller coaster of emotions are all displayed in one well-polished song. And as an added bonus, the lyrics are refreshing. They're up up front, real, honest, and what most of us wish we had the courage to say. Music fans are not going to want to miss out on Guaranteed To Disagree and should check out We Are The In Crowd on Warped Tour this summer because it is guaranteed that they will be the next big thing.
Warped Tour Dates and a link to order Guaranteed To Disagree can be found on the band's myspace: www.myspace.com/wearetheincrowd