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We Have Band Audio CD
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“Pounding drum machines, dirty basslines, even dirtier synths and a neat line in hypnotic, Hot Chip-style vocal hooks, We Have Band’s sweaty electro is simply irresistible.” Q

Darren Bancroft, Thomas W-P and Dede W-P are very proud to announce their debut album ‘WHB’, one of the first highly anticipated releases of 2010. Having spent most of last year ... Read more in Amazon's We Have Band Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Pod Aus/Zoom
  • ASIN: B003H3D1X0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Substance and Style 11 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
WHB = We Have Band = Husband and wife pair Thomas and
Dede WP, who sing and manage an array of instruments
and electronica and Darren Bancroft, who provides drums,
beats and more voice. They have been compared with both
Hot Chip and Talking Heads but this is only helpful up to
a point. There is more than enough that is fresh and
distinctive in the twelve tracks of their debut album
that we should consider them on their own merits.

The songs have strong melodic and rhythmic structures.
The deadpan vocals, despite their limitations in tonal
colour and technique, fit comfortably with the somewhat
mechanical nature of the arrangements. This is not to
say that the music lacks heart or humour; tracks like
'How To Make Friends', with its bouncy bass-line and
cheapo organ sound, manage to generate both warmth and
not a little charm. So too the robo-disco beats and vocals
of 'Honeytrap', which had a number of my toes tapping at
the same time. Mrs WP's incantation at the heart of the
composition is also, unintentionally, very funny indeed!

Droll, intelligent and with an affectionate grasp of
80's electro-pop convention, 'Hear It In The Cans' and
'Divisive' (with its trundling Moroder-esque beats)
are both more than worthy contributions to the genre.

'Buffet' is a somewhat different proposition.
Its mantra-like ambience, sultry vocal chants and
hypnotic pulsing heart is actually rather lovely.
Tasty sonic soul food for my inner-hippie!

The spirit of Tom Tom Club is alive and well in
'You Came Out'. Mrs WP gives another fine po-faced
performance amidst the good-natured beats, bleeps
and whistles of the addictively upbeat arrangement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars E L e C Tro Pleasures 14 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An increasingly excellent band live I was nervous that the album wouldn't be able to live up to hype of being 2009's best newcomers at Glastonbury to say nothing of the too cool for school international reputation they've been garnering.

While a more polished affair than their fairly raw live sound the album has a distinctive voice with as many stand-out tracks as any in this genre and little in the way of filler.

Starting with the misleadingly gentle Piano it builds to the rawer ESG/Hercules and the Love Affair flavoured sounds of You Came Out and Oh managing to walk the fine line of having its own sound without becoming too 'samey'.

While vocals are sparing this lends it a tautness that can easily get lost in modern production and is reminiscent of some great bare bones 80's sounds. Darren Bancroft at his best moments imbues the simple lyrics with a distinctive haunted desire.

Particularly favourites for me are Divisive; Love, What You Doing?; Oh!; Centrefolds & Empty Screens and You Came Out, which when listed like that looks like over half the album!

This is not happy happy dance but quite a moody album, as much reflective as dirty but still very danceable at the same time.

If you're looking for something new to toe tap to this is definetly worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut album!! 14 Jan 2011
By Kbeans7
Format:Audio CD
I first saw this band at Loop festival in Brighton, England in 2009 and they totally blew me away so when I saw they had finally released their debut album I bought it straight away and was not dissapointed. A good few months later and it's still my most listened to album, full of catchy songs that just won't leave your head! Awesome!
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