It can sometimes happen that I get a bit too carried away with some bands when I hear them for the first time, and often I will put them, prematurely, on a pedestal in my mind; they are glorified simply because they are new. A similar thing nearly happened with All We Are, a trio forged in Liverpool who have become something of an auditory obsession on my part, after having read a piece on them on this site. Partially, that new-found enthusiasm could be attributed to the excitement of having found a new band, but credit has to go to their music. Simply put, this band are going to be big. And if they don’t, it will be a travesty – few bands have surfaced in the past few years with such a unique sound, a style that shows a pleasant disregard for the conventions of pop and instead offers you the chance to hear something that is engaging on a different level – dare I say it, something original.
Their self-titled debut was released late in January and since then they have been popping up all over the place (Radio 6 had them in the other day, and the album has since been named as one of their albums of the week) which might in itself be a glimpse of what’s to come for this group. Having been added to a number of festival line-ups, it’s clear that the group are on the verge of a next step in their journey.
A brief instrumental serves as the intro to this album, followed up by Ebb/Flow, a track that immediately outlines what sets this group apart – they combine synth, dreamy guitar and a rhythm to make an enjoyable opening to an anticipated record. A care-free chorus guided by soothing vocals, it is a track that sets the tone of this album. Interestingly, the album’s composition was split between remote settings in Norway and North Wales before the final touches were added at the band’s recording studio in a disused school in Liverpool – a well travelled production then.
Stone is the next track, another dreamscape of guitar and synth that weaves its sound with the soft vocals of the fantastically named Guro Gikling. And then it really takes off with Feel Safe, one of the singles released in advance of the album last year, a song that has been on repeat in my head for the past few days. Funky and fragile at the same time, this song is one that deserves recognition – do you ever get it where you hear a song no-one else has heard of and you can’t understand why? Case and point.
In Honey and Wear You – arguably their best song – we see the disco (yes, disco) style become more apparent, something that only strengthens my belief that this group are destined for great things. The reason being that they’re incorporating elements of what has become nowadays less conventional music with what I suppose you could broadly label indie rock, for lack of a better word, to make something that – at the risk of sounding way pretentious – transcends any common genre or stylings of contemporary music.
I implore everyone to spend some small time listening to this group, simply because their music will make you feel better. The fact that they have so many songs that you can dance to – and not dance in the sense of how we do in clubs these days, but actually dance like the possessed audience members of Top of the Pops in the ‘80s – should signal this band as one that will grow to be popular, but there’s also the thought and individuality that is so apparent in the fabric of their songs.