We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd is a band on the rise. After releasing the well-received EP Guaranteed To Disagree, the band has supported it by a stint on this year's Warped Tour and a tour with Cartel and Hey Monday. One of our newest recruits, Danielle Klein, caught up with frontwoman Tay Jardine to talk about the current happenings with the band, their EP and future plans. 

 

 

 

[email protected]: Thank you for doing this interview! First things first! Could you please introduce yourself and your position in the band? 

Tay Jardine: Tay, I sing.

[email protected]: You’re on tour with Cartel, Hey Monday, The Ready Set and This Century. How has the tour been so far?

Tay Jardine: I love this tour! Everyone on it is so nice.

[email protected]: Cartel obviously has a lot of experience and has had a lot of success, especially with their album Chroma. Being a young band, what has it been like touring with them?

Tay Jardine: It's amazing to watch them every night. I remember listening to them when I was younger. I was a huge fan! Still am.

[email protected]: In June, you released the EP Guaranteed To Disagree. How does it feel to have it finally out?

Tay Jardine: It feels great. We are really happy with the feedback we've gotten. It makes us even more excited to release a full length next year!

[email protected]: Considering this is your first release, how did the writing process for the EP work? Were these songs already written before your signing to Hopeless Records or were they completely new?

TayJardine: We work well under pressure. The songs for this EP were mostly written the month before we recorded. Our writing process is very democratic. There are 5 cooks in the kitchen. It always starts with someone’s general melody or riff idea, then we all work it out together. It takes longer than most bands I imagine, but everyone is always satisfied in the end.

[email protected]: For this EP, you worked with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, producers who have worked with big bands including Mayday Parade, All Time Low and Jimmy Eat World. What was it like working with them? How did they affect the writing and recording process?

TayJardine: Working with Zack and Kenneth was amazing. It was comforting to work with people that were genuinely interested in our goals. Their humor is much like ours too. I think I spent 70% of my time in the vocal booth on the floor laughing.

[email protected]: Because of Tay’s strong vocals, you're very often compared to Paramore. How do you feel about that? Is it frustrating to be pigeonholed because of the band’s female vocalist?

TayJardine: I take it as a compliment. Paramore is a great band! I only get frustrated when the caparison is based strictly on being a female. To me that seems a little shallow.

[email protected]: With one release under your belt, is there anything you would like to improve in your future works? Is there any side of We Are The In Crowd you would like to improve upon in future releases?

TayJardine: Absolutely, there is always room for improvement. I know personally, I really want the full length to have more dynamics in the tempo of the songs. The EP is all very upbeat which fit for a debut and summer release.

[email protected]: Speaking of future releases, though the release of your debut EP came in June, has the band begun to write/demo for their inevitable full-length debut? At this point, how do you feel the demos compare to anything the band has done previously?

TayJardine: We've been writing on the road, but haven't demoed much. We want to keep the songs similar to our EP. No dramatic changes.

[email protected]: Tentatively, we can we expect new music from the band, be it in the form of a single or the aforementioned full-length debut?

TayJardine: We're hoping to put out a single or two in the spring.

[email protected]: Recently, you released a video for “Both Sides Of The Story”.  How would you describe your experience filming it?

Tay Jardine: It was hot, we had little time, but it was so much fun!

[email protected]: The video involves Twitter conversations. How did the concept to use this social network come about? Why did you decide to use it?

Tay Jardine: It was a mix of ideas between us and the director. We are all big fans of the twitter community. It just seemed suiting.

[email protected]: With your current tour with Hey Monday and Cartel culminating in the coming weeks, what can we expect from the band to round out the rest of 2010?

Tay Jardine: We have a few Holiday shows coming up in december, but we're gonna spend the rest of the year writing.

[email protected]: Looking ahead, what exciting things can we expect from the band in 2011? Any awesome tours up your sleeves?

Tay Jardine: Yes, but it's a secret! We'll be back out in the beginning of 2011.

[email protected]: Ultimately, what do you want people to take away from listening to We Are The In Crowd?

Tay Jardine: I want people to relate to us like we've been friends for a long time. We like people to feel personally connected with us through our music as well as in person (at shows or even online).

[email protected]: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything you would like to add?

Tay Jardine: Thank you, and anyone reading for giving our band a chance! We're still minnows in this tank of sharks and without your support we'd never be able to grow. 

Guaranteed To Disagree is available now, courtesy of Hopeless Records. Our review for the EP can be found here

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