Since their formation in 2011, five piece alt-rock ensemble We The People have strove to make a name for themselves by touring around every corner of their homeland. Originally springing from Waterford, on Ireland’s south-east coast, the band is made up of vocalist Michael Doyle, lead guitarist David Rudden, rhythm guitarist David Hearne, bassist Evan Hayes and drummer Dael O’Brien. Although they’re still a relatively new act, currently working on their debut album, you’d hardly know it by how adept their music sounds. For proof, you need only consult the impressive playlist on their Soundcloud page.
A heavy bass line races into a punky riff as “Lights Out” begins. Distorted vocals conjure up a striking melody that joins in on the fun to forge an infectious, dancey rock number. This bracingly unique style continues into “Louder Louder”. Guitars amplify into a rapid verse before the pace slows for the chorus. The tempo is upped to the extreme in the middle during an aggressive breakdown that barrels along to an immense finish.
“Hollow Thoughts” eases up on the gas for a less hectic introduction. Its relaxed refrain is eventually usurped by wild, explosive guitars. These escalate restlessly towards the end, extending into a frenetic riff across the lyrical epilogue. Drastic instrumentation picks up again to guide “Razorblades and Ashtrays” into pressing and expressive vocals. The track’s urgency doesn’t relent as it descends into a turbulent climax.
Being more of a mainstream pop/rock tune, “Too Much Confusion” is a departure from its companions. A cheery drumbeat bounces into a jovial riff, producing a lighthearted sound which is reinforced by the energetic vocals. It’s an altogether enthusiastic and optimistic anthem.
Shrill guitars and drums that transition into a blazing riff ensure that “What You Say” gets off to a vigorous start. The passionately sung vocals unleash a defiant disposition. This sense of rebelliousness persists into “Geronimo”, taking up more of a perturbed stance. Its burdensome beat conveys a disgruntled atmosphere that repeats throughout. As “Richer Than Kings” rolls out, the recalcitrance still shows no sign of capitulating. A faster momentum kicks in thanks to instruments that proceed to bolt along next to raw, aggressive vocals. It brings a splendidly punky end to the playlist.
We The People have demonstrated a great affinity for originality in what they have composed so far. Their sound recalls classic punk idioms through its delightfully insubordinate attitude, while managing to remain refreshingly unique. The material the band have shared here is amazingly proficient, which bodes extremely well for their upcoming first full length release.