NENENNEW WEWE YEAEAEYEAR’S R’S’S’ TATATTAY YAYA “A THERAPIST HELPED ME WHO FIGURE OUT I WAS AGAIN” JARDINE TAY
AFTER A SOUL-SEARCHING BREAK, WE ARE THE IN CROWD SINGER TAY JARDINE IS BACK WITH A NEW PROJECT. HERE, SHE EXPLAINS EVERYTHINGÉ
2015 WAS turning out to be a big year for We Are The In Crowd. In February, the Poughkeepsie pop-punks completed a killer stint on the Kerrang! Tour, before starting work on the follow-up to 2014’s Weird Kids. Bassist Mike Ferri announced the album’s completion in May, tweeting: “The 3rd WATIC is now complete and I can breathe again. #coolstuff.” But after that? Well, nothing… and it left everyone wondering, “What the hell is going on?” Last week (K!1605) we teased that there was some big news coming from Tay Jardine. So, fififinally, here it is…
HEY, TAY! SO, WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED WITH WATIC?
“That’s the exact question we were worried about ( laughs)! Nothing happened… We had written a new record, but it felt like it was a totally different sound for us – it didn’t feel like WATIC. So, why call it that? Because WATIC will always exist – nothing can stop that. Right now, what we’re looking forward to is starting this brand-new project and we’d love our current fans to come on this journey with us, we really don’t want them to be afraid or worried about WATIC’S future.”
BUT IS THIS A SOLO PROJECT OR A BAND? TELL US MORE…
“A lot of people will think this is a solo project, but I don’t see it like that at all. Mike, Cameron [Hurley, guitar] and Robert [Chianelli, drums] from WATIC are all involved – the only person that isn’t is Jordan [Eckes, guitar and vocals], and that was just a personal choice. So, it’s not really a solo thing and has a name… It’s not like Tay Jardine And The So-and-sos.there was no break-up [with Jordan]… We’re all still really good friends.the main difference is the sound in general – it’s mainly based around my vocals and my vision for music.”
AND IS IT HEAVIER OR MORE POPPY?
“It’s definitely more pop. It’s definitely not heavier! It’s very… I’m afraid to use the word ‘dancey’, because it’s not, like, techno or anything. But you can tell it’s come from WATIC and been chucked in a blender with loads of really poppy, fun stuff. Someone compared it to that DNCE Cake By The Ocean song! It’s kinda like that… dancey and fun, but you could still go to a show and rock out to it. As far as releasing it, we’re discussing all that right now. But I think it will be in the next couple of months.”
WERE YOU EVER WORRIED PEOPLE MIGHT THINK WATIC ARE OVER?
“There’s been a lot of confusion, especially on social media. People have been like, ‘Oh my gosh, something’s happening!’ And they were right! It was hard for us to keep it under wraps, but we had to hold back and stay quiet, then come out with a bang and say, ‘This is what’s going on, come along! Or don’t ( laughs)!’ I don’t think it would feel the same if we put the WATIC stamp on this. I’d rather call it something new because the sound is so different… I don’t want to confuse people. If our fans truly, truly want a new WATIC record to come out, that’s what we’ll eventually do. But, right now, we’re so committed to this new project.”
AND HOW ARE YOU FEELING AFTER ALL THAT TIME OFF?
“I feel like a totally different person.we’ve had six months off, which is the most amount of time off I’ve had in six years. It’s been incredible! We’ve still been working together, but it’s all been happening off tour. It hasn’t been draining, like constant touring. I’ve overcome a huge… I don’t know what to call it. During the time we were writing it as a WATIC record, I had a lot of depression for some reason.”
THAT SOUNDS HORRIBLE… WHAT HAPPENED AND ARE YOU OKAY NOW?
“Nothing really happened, it was just this really strange feeling that I’ve never felt before! Now I realise this happens to all people and I’m not a freak ( laughs)! I had to really understand that and overcome it, talk to people and fifigure things out. I saw a therapist who talked me out of things and helped me fififigure out who I was again. Because after six years of touring, it was like,‘what are we doing? Oh my gosh!’ It freaked me out and this record ended up becoming the most positive thing I could ever imagine.”