We Have Band, WHB
We Have Band join the bustling dance-rock party with a promising debut
The field for '80s-referencing electro-boosted indie-pop bands might be crowded these days, with Klaxons, Friendly Fires and the New Young Pony Club keeping the 'nu-rave' flame burning, but there's always room for another good outfit. Enter Darren Bancroft and husband-and-wife team Thomas and Dede W-P. The group formed in 2007, gave themselves an arch, deadpan moniker and made enough early strides through well-received live shows and the inclusion of their "Time After Time" on the seventh Kitsune Maison label compilation to win the Emerging Talent Contest at Glastonbury 2009.
Lucikly, We Have Band boast a few unusual elements that separate them from the electro-pop pack. They bravely begin their debut album with "Piano" and "Buffet," two elegant, ruminative slices of dark electronic ambience. From there, things gradually get funkier — "Divisive" and "Love, What You Doing?" are both excellent electro-pop booty shakers, the latter an unabashed tribute to the synth-disco undulations of Giorgio Moroder.
If We Have Band have a problem, it's that their influences are not just easy to spot — a New Order bassline here, a Talking Heads rhythm there — but somewhat common to the current wave of danceable guitar bands. Nevertheless, the likes of "How To Make Friends" and the title track take their retro references into the realms of warm, atmospheric post-Coldplay melody and moody Editors-style gothisms. If you've got room in your heart for more excellently crafted post-punk revisionism, WHB is a promising debut.