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

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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.”

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