Last week on February 18th, We Are The In Crowd released their sophomore album, Weird Kids. Just a few short days later on Friday, they began their first ever US headlining tour where else, but in Philadelphia. Accompanying them were Candy Hearts, State Champs and Set It Off. William Beckett (The Academy Is…) is also a part of this tour but was unable to make it that night.
Since 2009, the band has been riding the train to success. They immediately jumped on Vans Warped Tour and starting touring as an opening band. Their debut album Best Intentions was released in 2011 and the band hasn’t stopped since. Weird Kids was a highly-anticipated album after nearly three years of waiting. And now here they are, with their own US headlining tour.
I have never been to the First Unitarian Church before and has soon as I walked in I felt like I walked into a time machine back to when I would go to shows at local VFWs or Knights of Columbus. At first I was a little shocked but then I realized, this is going to be an phenomenal show being in such a small venue.
We Are The In Crowd took the stage at about 9:30 with their current single off of Weird Kids, “The Best Thing (That Never Happened.)” The age of the song didn’t matter, the crowd was still singing along to every word. Their setlist was a mixture of old favorites like “Exits and Entrances” and “For The Win” and new songs.
“Kiss Me Again” sort of got ruined for me by the teenage couple standing in front of me who did a full on make out session for the duration of the song. Young love and rock n’ rock right? Needless to say, not my favorite part of the concert. During “Lights Out” longtime fan and Philly music scene local, Johnny, asked if he could play Mike’s bass. Mike handed his bass over and he and Cameron decided to leap onto the audience and go crowd surfing.
Front woman Tay Jardine is nothing short of extraordinary. Her energy on stage really translates to the crowd. Her vocals fit so well together with Jordan Eckes’ (singer/guitar) while Cameron Hurley (guitar) Mike Ferri (bass) and Rob Chianelli (drums) tear into the melody. When you can see the excitement and passion in the band, it really makes all the difference. They weren’t scared to integrate the setlist with new songs in fear of the crowd not knowing it. They bursted through new tracks like “Manners” and “Long Live The Kids” proving that their fans didn’t let them down.
The show ended with an encore of their hits “Both Sides of the Story” and “Rumor Mill” sending the audience off with a feel-good vibe. Live shows can make or break a band for me. Being an artist doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the talent to make a room full of people feel mesmerized by your performance. While I have listened to them for a while, this was my first We Are The In Crowd show and I can say that I left a fan.