We Are The In Crowd are on the verge of releasing their debut album "Best Intentions" through Hopeless Records, which is set to push their female fronted brand of pop punk further than ever before. The band will also be making the trip to Australia this month as a part of the Counter Revolution shows, so we caught up with the band’s vocalist Tay Jardine to discuss what has been happening with the band.
Start off by stating your name, your role in We Are The In Crowd?
Tay, I sing.
The first single from your new album “Rumor Mill” went online a couple of weeks ago now, what has the response to the track been like so far?
It’s been great! We are really happy with the feedback!
Why did you decide that this track would be the first one you would release from the album?
We think it gives a good impression of what the rest of the record is like.
When can we expect to see you release another new track for everyone to hear?
Soon! Early September I believe!
You recently completed recording your debut album with producers Zack and Kenneth, who you also worked with on your first EP, what was it like recording with them the second time around?
They are like our 6th and 7th band members. We feel so comfortable with them. It’s an honest and fun environment.
What was the song writing process like for the album? Did you do anything differently to what you have previously?
Nothing was too different other than the fact that we had more time to work on it. The first two weeks we were in the studio, we split into different groups everyday and would have a list of things to work on than come together at the end of the day.
To complete the recording of the album, you had to pull out of a scheduled tour alongside of Taking Back Sunday, which obviously would have been massive for the band. Was this a hard decision to make, and do you think the album benefited from the decision?
It was hands down one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make regarding touring and scheduling. The record was running over and so we had to react. We are happy with our decision as far as now we can look back at the record with confidence that we finished it without any rush or slacking. I do however wish we could have done the tour. We are huge fans of Taking Back Sunday and were so excited to tour with them.
Do you have a favourite song on the album?
I really like the last song on the record, but I can honestly say I love them all.
The title of the album is “Best Intentions”, is there any particular meaning behind the title?
We do what we do with the Best Intentions. We give it our all. Sometimes it backfires; sometimes it’s a success. But very little regret occurs 🙂
You are releasing the album once again through Hopeless Records, what has it been like working with the Hopeless crew again?
Hopeless is like a family. I say it all the time but it really is. They are a label is actually interested in what the band is doing and support our creativity. It’s awesome.
Pre-orders for the album have been up for a bit now, and I’ve noticed that all the packages contain either a CD or digital download of the album, but no vinyl option. Are you planning on doing a vinyl release for the album at some stage?
We haven’t really talked about that, no. That would be rad though!
Since the band has both yourself and Jordan doing vocals, is that something that you feel separates you from all of the other female fronted pop punk bands around at the moment?
Sure. I mean we aren’t reinvention the wheel or anything, but I think it does make our band a little different for sure, in this scene.
How do you and Jordan coordinate the vocal parts and lyrics for the songs? Is it as simple as singing the parts that you write?
No no. The five of us write everything together so the lyrics for each part could come from any direction. In the end Jordan and I will agree to what we want to sing.
In some unexpected news last week, the Soundwave Revolution Festival that you guys were meant to be playing was cancelled. Do know what the band’s plans are at the moment? Will you still be coming here?
We are coming there with All Time Low, Yellowcard, Go Radio and more! So stoked!
Were you shocked by the news of the cancellation when you first heard it?
We were on a 32-hour drive in Canada when we found out and were so bummed out the rest of the drive. I’m excited to announce that we will still be able to make it over there!
What has the response from your Australian fans been like since it was announced?
Great! Australian fans seem like a really fun crowd!
I read in an interview that you did a couple of weeks ago that you were in hardcore bands before you formed We Are The In Crowd. Can you tell us a bit about those bands? And what are some of your favourite hardcore records?
I was in the hardcore scene I guess you could say haha. My band was a mix of Dance Gavin Dance meets Circa Survive. We had a guitarist that screamed and I sang. It was so much fun!
2011 has already been a huge year for pop punk with some great records being released, and there are still many more to come, what records have you been enjoying so far, and what others are you looking forward to hearing?
The Wonder Years, Parachute, and Conditions. Also I’m extremely excited for the new Four Year Strong record. The single they released is incredible!
Do you have any preshow rituals that you like to do?
I stretch sometimes, drink water, and talk about the set. Nothing crazy.
Do you have any goals that you would like to achieve with this band?
Make We Are The In Crowd a career.
Thanks for doing the interview, any last words or shout outs?
AUSTRALIA HERE WE COME!