Album Review: We Have Band – Movements

By on Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 12:00 pm

What’s incredibly refreshing about We Have Band is how they have gone about their relatively brief career without flouting and playing on the fact they have a female in their numbers. It’s not a USP, it’s not a gimmick, and instead Dede Wegg-Prosser is an integral cog in the dance-pop soundscapes which the three-piece have created over the past 4 years in their fantastic remixes and albums. Too many times, I’ve seen an act play off the fact a member is sans-Y chromosome and use it as some sort of unique selling point, to set them out from the crowd. We have Band thankfully are and never have been in danger of becoming a member of that crowd.

The Manchester/London based three-piece have instead earned their indie-disco stripes through two extremely accomplished albums and a hand-full of infectious remixes that have become mainstays at club nights across the nation like Propaganda, cementing their place as 21st century indie-disco stalwarts. Their third full-length release ‘Movements’ has them creeping down a similar path – with a funky, synth driven mix of melancholic pop and lively vocally powered tunes making up the bedrock of the record.

What’s most striking on ‘Movements’ is the impact Darren Bancroft and real-life married couple Thomas and Dede Wegg-Prosser’s three-piece harmonies have – elevating over a samba style drum beat with some funkadelic guitars whizzing behind. Mid-album track ‘No More Time’ is a perfect example of the perfectly intertwined vocal harmonies of all the band members, each bringing their own unique nuances to the mix. From immense harmonies to tracks that wouldn’t sound out of place in a high-paced fitness class – ‘Heart Jump’ delivers an intense disco beat that you could quite realistically be sweating your hangover out at to in spinning class at your local gym.

The eleven song album manages to fit its fair share of foreign influences in, with a dosage of Spanish guitar inspiration the undertone to ‘Every Stone’ near the end of the record, as slowly you’re led on a foot-tappingly pleasant journey. They haven’t gone full Bombay Bicycle Club on this one, with Eastern/Mediterranean influences not dominating proceedings.

But from the start, we are treated to a shimmering indie-disco in ‘Modulate’, one of the album’s standout moments, whilst at the album’s conclusion we are given a stomping-synth underwritten crescendo. Finale ‘Blue’ is a testament to the growth the band have gone through in the past 2 years since their last release, using all the tricks they’ve learnt to create a majestic soaring portrait of doom-inspired synth-pop. It’s almost glorious in its minimalism, fading into nothing.

‘Movements’ is also – as their other records have been – a showcase for the immense musical talent of the group. Taking their hands to a whole whack of synthesizers, numerous percussion devices, and sampling whatever they can grab their hands on, which ranges from space age sound effects in ‘Modulate’ to doom-laden crashes in ‘Blue’, to some kind of retro video game-esque beeped booping in ‘You Only’.

‘Movements’ is a perfectly rounded album for this band, who are now no longer finding their feet and their place in the landscape of indie/dance music and the nebulous ground they stand on. With ‘Movements’ they’re setting their sights on the big leagues and with arguably one of the most summery albums of the fairer months it’s sure to be bursting out of numerous festival PAs, as crowds get their hips-a-shaking.


We Have Band’s third album ‘Movements’ is out now on We Have Band Records / Naive Records. Watch the group’s more recent promo video for the first single from the album, ‘Someone’, below.


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