Today we are excited to release Violent, the third full-length album from Vancouver’s We Are The City. The release of Violent on Boompa is coinciding with the release of the album via new label partnerships with German label Sinnbus and U.S. label Tooth & Nail. The band has created a unique video for each track on the record, viewable on their YouTube channel (links below). Two exclusive bonus b-side tracks “Friends Around” and “Kingdom Cayne” are now available only on iTunes in Canada.
The band comprised of high-school friends (and the inaugural Peak Performance Project winners in 2010) Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboards), Andrew Huculiak (drums), and David Menzel (guitar) are onto the next phase of Violent, after a tremendous 2014.
Violent track-listing + video links:
- Bottom of the Lake
- Legs Give Out
- King David
- Passing of the Peace
- Friends Hurt
- I Am, Are You?
- 20 Ft. Up
- Everything Changes
- Punch My Face
Violent is an album of soaring highs and hushed comedowns, with dense syncopations going toe-to-toe with noise-soaked crescendos and delicate pop melodies. Produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) at his Monarch Studios; “King David” moves from aggressive distortion to gentle acoustic plucking to swirling ambience, while “Bottom of the Lake” places marimba tinkles atop a gritty guitar backdrop, and the cerebral “Baptism” builds towards the album’s most thunderous climax. The album is also a companion project of the now internationally celebrated and award-winning film of the same name, written by We Are the City and filmed by Vancouver’s Amazing Factory Productions in Norway. With a script penned entirely in Norwegian despite the fact that the band members didn’t speak the language, the subtitled film utilizes melodic motifs from the songs, while the story shares themes with the lyrics.
Violent (the film) has already been a Perspective Canada Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival last year. It has played at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (world premiere), San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, and won Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival. Violent has also won the Signis Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in France. It was included in the TIFF curated, Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival line up for 2015, it has also recently won, The Prix Spécial du Jury (Special Prize of the Jury) and the Prix des Lycéens (Young Jury Prize) at Le Festival International du Premier Film in Annonay, France.
We Are The City will head to Europe in June, with a U.S. tour in the works this summer, with one announced Canadian date currently scheduled. All dates are noted below. The band has a projected release planned for sometime this year. Stay tuned for more news and updates.
05/14 – Nanaimo, BC @ Port Theatre
06/03 – MUZclub, Nuremberg
06/04 – Milla, Munich
06/05 – Sublime, Aflenz
06/06 – Seewiesen Festival, Kleinreifling
06/08 – NaTo, Leipzig
06/09 – Peter Weiss Haus, Rostock
06/10 – Berghain Kantine, Berlin
06/11 – Cafe Wagner, Jena
06/12 – Botanique, Brussels
06/13 – Musikbunker, Aachen
Press Quotes for ‘Violent’
“On the whole, Violent is a remarkable listen: masterfully arranged and impeccably mixed, but with enough unsanded corners to ward off accusations of overproduction. The songs are melodic and listener-friendly without ever really swimming very far in the direction of the mainstream.” – The Georgia Straight
“Violent offers the most mature songwriting to date from the progressive leaning three-piece…by focusing on their rhythmic strengths and broadening their already expansive range, Violent provides a good indication of even better things to come from the young group.” – Exclaim
“They may not be the world yet, but perhaps it’s just a matter of time for Vancouver’s We Are The City. At the very least they’re aiming international with the video for their single ‘Baptism,’ which uses scenes from We Are The City’s feature-length, foreign-language film “Violent.” – Huffington Post Music