We Have Band: The Story Behind Their Debut Album WHB
We Have Band, also known as WHB, is a three-piece electronic music group from Manchester and London consisting of Darren Bancroft and the husband-and-wife duo Thomas Wegg-Prosser and Dede Wegg-Prosser. They have released three albums through the French-based NaÃve Records, but their first one, WHB, was the most challenging and rewarding one to make.
WHB was released on 5 April 2010 and featured 12 tracks that showcased the band's diverse influences and styles, ranging from dance-punk and krautrock to indie rock and new wave. The band wrote the songs with guitars, bass guitars, synthesizers, drum machines and samples, and recorded them in various locations, including their home studio, a barn in France and a studio in Berlin.
The band started playing live in London in April 2008 and soon gained a loyal fanbase and critical acclaim. They won the Glastonbury Festival emerging band competition in March 2009 and performed at many other festivals around the world. They also remixed songs by artists such as Gorillaz, Bloc Party, Micachu and M83.
The title of the album, WHB, was inspired by the band's initials and also by their motto: \"We Have Band\". The band explained that they wanted to express their confidence and identity as a group, as well as their love for music. They said: \"We came from nowhere / With a certain dedication and devotion / We were beholding to the way / In which we lived with such emotion / And so we mingled with the people / You'll not forget us when we leave / We have band\" [^4^].
WHB received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised the band's energy, creativity and originality. The album was nominated for the Independent Music Awards in 2010 and was included in several best-of lists. The singles \"Oh!\", \"You Came Out\" and \"Divisive\" were especially popular and had memorable videos directed by Tom Ellis and David Wilson.
WHB was a remarkable debut album that established We Have Band as one of the most exciting and innovative bands of their generation. It was a testament to their passion, talent and vision as musicians and as a team.
After the success of WHB, We Have Band decided to take a different direction for their second album, Ternion, which was released on 29 January 2012. The title of the album means \"a group of three\" and reflects the band's unity and collaboration as well as their experimentation with new sounds and styles. The band said: \"We wanted to make a record that sounded like us three in a room, not us three in a room with a computer\". [^3^]
Ternion was a more mature and diverse album than WHB, featuring slower and darker songs as well as upbeat and catchy ones. The band explored themes such as love, loss, loneliness and hope, and used more organic and live instruments, such as piano, guitar and drums. The band also produced the album themselves, giving them more creative control and freedom. The album was recorded in a barn in France and mixed by Gareth Jones, who has worked with Depeche Mode, Grizzly Bear and Interpol.
Ternion received mixed reviews from critics and fans, who praised the band's ambition and growth but also missed the energy and fun of their debut. The album was also less commercially successful than WHB, failing to chart in any country. The singles \"Where Are Your People\", \"Tired of Running\" and \"Visionary\" were well-received and had striking videos directed by Alex Turvey, Zaiba Jabbar and Tom Haines respectively.
Ternion was a bold and challenging album that showed We Have Band's willingness to evolve and experiment as artists. It was a testament to their courage, honesty and diversity as musicians and as a team. ec8f644aee