WE ALL WANT TO are that most curious of things, a genuine indie super-group without ego or pretence – making sublimely intelligent music for the sheer joy of it, and putting their own spin on classically-melodic power-pop. Their self-titled 2010 debut announced them as a singularly compelling act, capable of making the kind of albums that you love more and more as time goes by, full of beguiling radio rock anthems and with more hooks than a bait-and-tackle shop.
Boasting members from some of Brisbane’s best-loved bands, WE ALL WANT TO are essential on record and completely undeniable live. Their shows are a primal collision of poppy punk, sweet folk, gritty blues and grandiose soundscapes, swirled into singalong anthems and intimate whispers, at once powerful and fragile.
In the vein of Richard & Linda Thompson, or perhaps The New Pornographers, the voices of Tim Steward and Skye Staniford soar and then mesh perfectly, underpinned by a sympathetic rhythm section and embellished with multi-instrumental melodic detail.
WE ALL WANT TO spent several months in late 2011 barricaded in the studio, armed with bouzoukis, tambourines, xylophones and an omnichord, but most importantly an army of electric guitars, loud amps and fuzz pedals. The results of these efforts – on the new album COME UP INVISIBLE – are a revelation; songs that are intricately arranged, acutely observed, slyly humourous and unforgettably engaging. Simple enough on the outside but deceptively complex under the surface, these new tracks bear startling evidence of the supreme songcraft that sets them apart from just about anyone else.
From the bright and bounding vocal hooks of ‘No Signs’ to the edgy, disturbed riffs that puzzle together to make ‘Firefighter’ and the beautiful harmonies about mortality and regret that run through the moving ‘Where Sleeping Ends’, WE ALL WANT TO raise the bar for indie rock in 2012. Music this good won’t remain under the radar for long.