While She Sleeps, a rock band from Sheffield, recently released a record entitled You Are We. You Are We can only be described as a kickass metalcore safe haven. The band consists of vocalist Lawrence Taylor, guitarists Mat Welsh and Sean Long, bassist Aaran McKenzie and drummer Adam Savage, and the record consists of beautifully constructed intros and well-written lyrics, along with some pretty rad vocals. Even the track I wasn’t sure about at first, Wide Awake, took a turn and became one of my favorite songs on the record. But let’s be honest here, all of the songs are in competition with each other, fighting to be most loved, and it’s a very close call at the end of the game. After the record had ended, I sat back contemplating which tracks to name-drop in the review and attempted to settle on all of them. That’s how much I enjoyed this album.
The title track “You Are We” introduces the album with a beautifully composed acoustic intro, and then takes a turn for the hardcore side. This track reached out and grabbed me by my hand and told me that I would be listening to this album long after the review had been written.
“Steal The Sun” began with another magnificently crafted intro, and then I caught on to the lyrics and actually looked them up so I could follow along and directly quote one. “You can steal the sun but there’s a light you can’t replace” vaguely reminded me of the Nirvana lyric “The sun is gone but I have a light”, and I absolutely love it.
“Feel” is introduced with another solid intro and some pretty catchy drums. I quite like this one. You could say I really “feel” this song. (Sorry).
“Empire of Silence” is one of those songs where it’s hard to point out exactly what makes it so awesome- it just is. Everything is well-crafted and carefully constructed, and While She Sleeps definitely gave us a great example of their talent with this one.
“Wide Awake” was the only song that I didn’t instantly fall in love with. Something about the intro just didn’t sit right with me. I can’t place it. But around the 25 second mark it took a turn and I fell in love.
“Silence Speaks” features Oli Sykes. Enough said.
“Settle Down Society” is probably my favorite track on the record. From the intro to the lyrics to the general vibe of the song, it held me captivated for almost five minutes.
“Hurricane” reminded me of the current state of society, as many of the songs did, but this one in particular featured the lyric “It’ll take a hurricane to clean up all the mess we made”. With everything political that’s happened over the globe in the past year, this lyric seems to attack every other headline I’ve read in the past 12 months. It’s nice to see a resurgence of political issues brought back into rock music.
“Revolt” did the same thing as Hurricane. It features another good intro, which was no surprise to me, but also includes the lyric “I’ll let the state of the world speak for itself”. These songs have a common theme, and it’s something we should all be paying more attention to.
“Civil Isolation” followed the common theme of the human race and the mistakes we’ve made, but this track felt more personal.
“In Another Now” featured my favorite intro in the entire album. I’m a sucker for a good intro, and In Another Now definitely has one. It’s the perfect track to end the album.
All in all, You Are We is an amazing metalcore record and I’ll definitely be going back to it again and again. While She Sleeps does everything I look for in a metalcore band, and they do it well.
Be sure to check out “You Are We” on Spotify and iTunes, and don’t forget to follow While She Sleeps on Instagram at @whileshesleeps.