WATIC Interview

We Are The In Crowd have carved out a very interesting career for themselves. Despite forming only 5 years ago, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Yellowcard, All Time Low, and countless others, headlined major punk music festivals like the Bamboozle and Reading and Leeds, and churned out two catchy, charismatic full-lengths in the process. 2014 brought about the release of their sophomore effort Weird Kidswhich scored the band’s first full headlining run in the US, a spot on Warped Tour, and the coveted direct support slot on the 2014 Glamour Kills Tour, where they are opening for New Found Glory. With so much moving in the right direction for the band, they’re certainly one to watch moving forward. As the Glamour Kills Tour made its stop at Starland Ballroom, WATIC’s vocalist Tay Jardine was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about the band’s whirlwind year, and how touring with so many great bands has helped them shape their own career. We even got the band’s bassist Mike Ferri to join in on the fun! Check out what Tay had to say below!

The Garden Statment: You’re listening to The Garden Statement on 91.FM WTSR, from the campus of The College of New Jersey. This is Donald Wagenblast of The Garden Statement, and I’m here with Tay Jardine, vocalist of We Are The In Crowd! Tay, how are you today?
Tay Jardine: 

TGS: How’s the tour been so far?
Very good! Good people on this tour.

TGS: You guys are coming off of Warped Tour, where there were a lot more people specifically coming to the stage you were playing on to see you. Now that you’re in an opening set, do you approach your set a little bit differently than you maybe would for a headlining set?
Totally, yeah. I think we do that with every tour. You have to figure out your setlist, and there’s a ton of different things that go into it, whether it’s what type of people are going to be at this tour, or what are we trying to push? What songs do we want to be pushing? So tons of things go into it. So yeah, it’s very different from Warped Tour, because Warped Tour– a bunch of people who go to Warped Tour only go to Warped Tour all year. They don’t go to other shows, or a lot of other shows.

TGS: Obviously New Found Glory are stalwarts of the scene, they’ve been like that since about 2002. Is there an intimidation factor at all for you guys opening up for bands like this?
TJ: I mean, I can’t speak for everybody, you know? I don’t think so. I think it’s exciting. It’s really cool to see a band like them pick themselves up and continue on, and that’s inspiring as a younger band. But I don’t really feel intimidated in any way.

TGS: You guys are promoting your new album Weird Kids, it came out February 18 of this year. It’s your second full-length. Did you feel like it was an easier process this time around, having already gone through the ringer with Best Intentions? Was it a lot easier this time around?
Sure, yeah. When you do anything again, it’s easier. We learned a lot with Best Intentions, and just writing this record with a new producer was different, and I know as a group we approached it differently. We started to get the hang of our roles in the writing process, and the topics were also something that we had talked about before we wrote it. It came together pretty naturally, I think, and it was a lot of fun.
Mike Ferri: True!

TGS: Now that you’re a few months removed from the entire process, would you say that it ended up being more similar or different to the way you guys recorded Best Intentions? Would you say you were trying to change things as much as possible?
TJ: Do you mean stylistically?
TGS: Yeah.
TJ: I don’t think we thought about it that way at all. We didn’t go into it thinking like, “Okay, this has to be this much different than Best Intentions.” It wasn’t like that at all. I think that we’d been touring for two years straight, pretty much, and we had a lot to say. We had a lot to get off our chests, and we were also really creative. There were all these creative bombs about to go off. So we went with anything. Anything that came to our minds got put on the table. It wasn’t a compare-and-contrast thing, really. At the end, I’m sure we did that a little bit, towards the end of all the production of everything. Like, “Oh, why don’t we keep things a little bit consistent and make sure that it’s not too different, or anything.”

TGS: I was looking through the last few tours that you guys had done, and I noticed that you guys went on your first full headlining tour, where you guys were the only headliner. Earlier, you had the co-headliner with Every Avenue.
Mike Ferri: That was a co-headliner! We always forget that it was, I don’t know why.
TJ: It was?!
MF: It was, but it wasn’t?
TJ: I forgot that. But yes! You’re right.
TGS: So how did that feel, going on your first headlining run?
TJ: It was great! It was a little strange, because a lot of people had thought that we already headlined before, and most bands on their second record have done that. But for whatever reason, we waited forever. It was cool. It was nice to see the impact you have. It was nice to be able to gauge your fanbase and see where you’re at everywhere. Obviously, it’s harder to do that when you’re a support band.

TGS: Did all of the support tours that you had done- you guys were on tour with bands like Hey Monday, All Time Low, Every Avenue- did touring with those bands give you little bits and pieces that you can take with you  for when you guys went out on your headlining run? Did you feel like you were more prepared because you had done so many support tours already, and seen so many different bands headline?
Yeah, of course. I think that goes with every tour. Even now, after the headliner, we learn from every single tour. We learned how to not be the really awful, douche-y headliner bands, who treat the support bands like crap, you know? We definitely kept that in mind. That was something where we were like, “We don’t want to be treated like that, and we don’t want other people to be treated like that.” So yeah, of course you learn from the other bands you tour with. You make sure that you represent your tour correctly.

TGS: I mentioned the list of bands you guys have toured with before, it’s a very diverse pool. You guys are able to go on tour with a strictly pop band like Hey Monday or Every Avenue, and then come back and do a tour like this with New Found Glory and Fireworks-
TJ: If those bands were still together. [Laughs}
TGS: Well, yeah [laughs] I’m sorry. So, this diverse pool of bands that you’ve toured with; is that something you guys are trying to do? Do you try and mix up who you tour with, or is that just how the chips fall?
TJ: Both. I think that we have always enjoyed the fact that we’re able to stay in the middle, and have that balance, because that is what our music is. Our music is exactly just that. So yeah, of course we want to be drawing fans from both directions. That’s just the main goal. If it means that, “Okay, we just did a really pop tour,” and we get an offer for something a little heavier, then sometimes that might be the deciding factor. Not all the time, but yeah, it’s definitely something we think keep in mind.
TGS: Is there any band right now that you haven’t toured with yet that you would want to?
TJ: Hmmmm…
TGS: I’m sure that list is unending.
TJ: Yeah. I see you’re wearing a Jimmy Eat World sweatshirt.
TGS: I was just at the Futures Tour!
That was probably amazing.
TGS: It sure was.
TJ: That would be cool! [laughs]
TGS: Next time I see them, I’ll send in a good word for you!

The Garden Statement would like to thank Tay Jardine for taking the time to sit down and chat with us, and Becca at Big Picture Media for helping to set this up with us! Stay tuned next week when we bring you our interview with Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory, and open your mind!