Portland indie pop sibling trio We Three are causing a stir at home in the States, quickly racing to 50 million streams and selling out venues all over the country. Blending towering pop hooks with rich vocal harmonies and emotionally revealing lyrics, their exemplary musicianship saw Simon Cowell describe their live performances as sounding like a record.
Now We Three introduce themselves to the UK by sharing their EP ‘We’re All Messed Up But It’s Okay’. The self-written five-track collection mixes elements of pop, indie, rock, rap and country to create a wide-ranging, open-minded sound. The largely life-affirming sound contrasts with the darkness of the subject matter. It lives up to its title, as the band explore topics such as depression (‘Sara’), faltering relationships (‘You and I’) and how your perceptions of someone change from childhood to adulthood (‘Superman’).
The lead track ‘Machine’ opens the EP in style. Mixed by the Grammy-winning Ruadhri Cushnan (Ed Sheeran, Coldplay), its summery acoustic guitar and dynamic beats erupt into a powerful and immediately striking chorus. It’s accompanied by a video in which the band play office three workers who rise against the mundanity of corporate life – think a millennial-era update of ‘Office Space’. Watch here
“This song is about not becoming what someone else wants you to be,” says vocalist / guitarist Mannie Humlie. “Everybody on the planet has felt like that in some way, and it’s so cool to see a crowd of people shouting along to ‘I don’t wanna be a part of your machine.’”