How many lists have you already gone through these past couple of weeks for “Top Albums of 2011” or “Top Performances of the Year”? I believe there is one band that should be making most of these lists and they go by the name We Are The City. In The Vancouver Sun’s “Top 40 Albums of 2011”, the progressive pop band’s High School EP was slotted in at number three beating out Dan Mangan’ s Oh Fortune and Adele’s 21. The paper described the album as “a masterful six-song ode to the perils of being young: A dark, brooding collection of musings on hope and fear, isolation and friendship”. Coupled with Amazing Factory Productions‘ video series, it is nothing short of a masterpiece.
I had a chance to see them perform at the Rio Theatre to finish of their fall tour and I can easily say that it was the best performance I’ve seen in 2011. We Are The City‘s set up was simple with all three band members lined up at the front of the stage with their respective instruments. They let their stage presence, mastery of their instruments and incredible energy do all the talking.
The Kelowna-based will be working on their sophomore LP. Even though it is not known what direction the music will take, you can bet that they will continue to push the boundaries and create something that is unique.
Here is their first single from the EP called “Happy New Year”. To watch the complete video series created by Vancouver’s Amazing Factory Productions go here. Keep checking back every Monday for more local music!
Written by Jan Galvez, Fistful of Sound