hmv reviews… We Are The In Crowd @ London's KOKO
When We Are The In Crowd emerged fresh-faced and packing squeaky clean, bubblegum pop punk back in 2011, they looked in serious danger of getting lost in amongst the crowd. Their debut album Best Intentions was promising, with lots of hummable melodies and big choruses, but no real backbone. That's all changed with their new album Weird Kids though, they've been working with top notch producer John Feldman and have crafted an album full of songs that combine their ear for a huge melody with an urgency and vitality.
We caught them live as they prepare for the album's release with a show at London's KOKO…
We Are The In Crowd, pop punkers from Poughkeepsie.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Pretty full, probably 70/75% full, there was a bit of space upstairs, but nothing particularly noticeable.
The crowd were in the palm of the band's hand from the second the angry chords of opener 'The Best Thing (That Never Happened)' rung out. They sang along throughout and there was plenty of jumping around.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
They played for just over an hour and split in roughly down the middle between tracks from their debut and material from Weird Kids. 'Exits And Entrances', 'Attention' and the closing 'Rumor Mill' went down particularly well with the masses.
Any good between song banter?
Lots of 'Are you having a good time' and a heartfelt explanation of the band's new album title Weird Kids from singer Tay Jardine, telling us how we're all loveable weirdoes. We've been called worse, let's be honest…
Did they much on much of a show?
Nice big backdrop, some nice lights, but no confetti or fireworks. Wouldn't have suited the vibe really…
What was the highlight of the set?
Angry, spiky opener 'The Best Thing (That Never Happened)' was electric. It's easily the best song the band have written and set the place alight.
Where can I catch them next?
They kick off a mammoth US tour later this month, but they'll be back for more dates later in the year in the UK, you can be sure of that.