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Ternion

We Have Band

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We Have Band’s sophomore album, Ternion, opens with dark melodies and haunting vocals that have more in common with goth-tinged post-punk than the “disco rock” tag the band coined to describe its sound. It’s not until the track “After All” that the London/Manchester trio drops danceable beats alongside Autobahn-inspired analog trimmings. Over this, Dede WP and Darren Bancroft sing disaffectedly cool vocals that sound like Broadcast's late Trish Keenan collaborating with Kraftwerk. “Where Are Your People?” is an infectious standout, where commanding beats are balanced with soaring, romantic melodies sung in demure harmonies. The high-register male vocals, '80s-toned synths, and techno-tinged pulse of “What’s Mine, What’s Yours” may remind you of Erasure until the dynamic layering of otherworldly sounds turns the tune into an innovative original. “Pressure On” blends bygone house trappings with Moogy chirps and drones.

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It hard to say which album I like better but this one is a little different !!! But there are some great songs on this one for sure!!!
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Ternion a Turn On

The second full-length album of this Manchester, UK trio has We Have Band really coming into their own. Yes, they still have an ethereal Dream Academy-like sound. But it's clearly an inspiration, not an imitation.

There's an underlying urgency to We Have Band's material that sets them apart from that earlier group. That and a natural ability to write pop tunes that are attractive without being trite.

The opening track "Pressure On" may be dreamy with half-formed melodies floating over impressionistic electronics, but the next track "Rivers of Blood" will have you up on the dance floor (think Soft Cell meets salsa). And those horns on "Visionary" really make that mid-tempo song groove.

Ten songs of intelligent pop by a trio that plays -- and harmonizes -- well together. "Ternion" means a group of three. We Have Band is just that. And a darned good one, too.

Delightful introduction

'Ternion' was my first introduction to We Have Band. I had no idea what to expect and I was not disappointed with what I heard. There's a certain driving force that's present throughout this album, though it does die down a bit in the second half. Otherwise, t's nearly impossible to sit still, even if it's just a toe tap or head nod. Perfect music for a road trip or post-dinner party impromptu dance party. I don't know under which genre to categorize We Have Band, but it doesn't much matter. They've gained a fan and I'm looking forward to discovering more of what they have to offer.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The self-described "disco-rock trio" We Have Band offer up a mix of danceable pop and electro that, in the group's first year, had already been featured on several compilation albums and sampled by such prominent electronic acts as Friendly Fires. The trio — comprised of former EMI employees Thomas WP, Dede WP, and Darren Bancroft, all of whom share vocal duties — hit blog spaces and compilations hard in 2008 with their first two singles, "Oh" and "Hear It in the Cans." Anticipation began...
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