We Are The In Crowd: Let’s Get Weird
First the worst, second the best? We Are The In Crowd sure think so. BLUNT spoke with the wonderful Taylor Jardine and talked shop on their great new album – as well as keeping her mum happy.
It’s been said that you have your whole life to write your first album and barely any time to write your second. True as it may be, it doesn’t always mean that you’re doomed to sophomoric slumps. Take the New York wunderkinds of We Are The In Crowd: This month, the band will release their second album, Weird Kids, that manages to top its predecessor – 2011’s Best Intentions – by leaps and bounds. It’s a fully-realised pop affair, confident and brazen in its efforts to push the band to the next level.
“We were on tour for about two years straight,” says Taylor Jardine, the band’s lead vocalist, when discussing the songwriting origins of Weird Kids. “There was no stopping. It was interesting to see, though, that when we did start writing for this album in about February of last year, our collective brains seemed to hook up instantly. They’d been cooped up for so long, they just wanted to let everything out.
“It was so cool to hear what the other guys in the band were doing. It made me want to push myself as well, exploring new vocal styles and not having any limits on what we all wanted to do. We weren’t chasing a single or anything like that when we were writing this album. Whatever happened, happened.”
Fans have already been treated to the album’s first single, the scorched-earth sassiness of “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”. It marks a distinct curve ball for the band both lyrically and visually – it employs a harsh expletive at the end of the second verse for the former; and the latter is taken care of with a video
in which Jardine goes all crazy ex-girlfriend on some poor bastard, locking him in the boot of her car and digging a hole for him to die in out in the desert. What the hell, dude?
“I know, right?” she responds with a cackle. “I remember showing the video to my mom and there was this long awkward pause towards the end. Then she just went ‘…okay.’ The tweets started coming in too – all of our fans were writing about how scared they were of me! It was so much fun to make, though.”
Jardine also notes that the song’s video is another step towards the band seeking out their own identity. Unfortunately, in yet another typical societal symptom of everyday sexism, the band have been dismissed as simply wanting to be Paramore for daring to have a female as their lead singer (Google “comparamoring” to truly get a grasp on this blood-boiling issue). It’s something that Jardine is all too aware of, and something she wants to eradicate.
“It’s not that we aren’t fans of those guys,” she says in regards to their “comparamoring.” “No one can do what Hayley [Williams] does. There’s nobody like her. But that’s just the thing – I don’t want to be her. I want to be me. I want people to see that in me. If anything, though, it has given something to motivate me. I want people to know that I am not what they think I am.”
The band were last seen in Australia in support of fellow heartbreakers Mayday Parade at the end of 2012. Now that Weird Kids is ready to go, Jardine is quizzed on when we can expect her and the rest of the Crowd to make their return. Her answer comes back loud and clear: “As soon as we’re invited!” You heard the lady.