He Is We

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He Is We
Origin Tacoma, Washington
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2008–2014, 2016 - Present
Labels
Website weareheiswe.com
Members

Rachel Taylor

Trevor Kelly

Wes Chamberlain (bass guitar)

Ben McBride (drums)

Adamm Mitchell (guitar)
Past members
  • Stevie Scott (tour only)

He Is We is an indie pop band from Tacoma, Washington.[1]

Background[edit]

"Trevor and I would see these local bands with these cocky auras about them. They didn't want to communicate with fans or acknowledge them in any way. He Is We gets its meaning from us wanting to be like everyone else. We are so blessed and want to stand with the crowd and make someone go, 'Dude, she was standing right next to me earlier, and now she's on stage.'"[2]

Rachel Taylor

Trevor and Rachel met while working at Ted Brown Music Company, a music store in their hometown of Tacoma, Washington.[3] He Is We initially relied on social networking, using websites such as Myspace and Facebook.[4] In 2009, they were named PureVolume's number one unsigned band of the year.[5] This online presence and the release of an album of old demos in February 2010 led to their signing with Universal Motown Records. Prior to the release of My Forever, He Is We toured with The Rocket Summer.[6] Their debut album My Forever hit number 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers Album Charts.[7] On their website, He Is We says that the start of the band came from "the idea that someone who you pass everyday can influence the rest of your life...and you would never know."[8] In 2013, their song "All About Us", with Aaron Gillespie was included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack.

Band members[edit]

Rachel and Trevor were the founding duo that comprised He Is We. The touring members initially included Harrison Allen (drums), Carman Kubanda (guitar), and Aaron Campbell (keyboard/guitar). Later, Jake Randle (bass guitar) replaced Aaron Campbell.[9][better source needed] The current touring members include Adamm Mitchell (guitar), Wes Chamberlain (bass guitar), and Ben McBride (drums).

In early 2012, Rachel Taylor was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, and Stevie Scott filled in for the remainder of the tour.[10] Despite being officially replaced by Scott in August,[11][12] and having stated "Walking away from the label would mean that I would be walking away from the He Is We name but I would regain my freedom to be me. I would regain my ability to connect with you fans 100% with my words. I wouldn’t feel like I can only release what THEY want me to. I could be the soul that longs to escape this dreary vessel.",[13] she returned to the band at the end of October 2012,[14] while Trevor Kelly departed to form his own band.[15]

After Kelly left with Stevie Scott in 2012, Rachel continued to pursue the project herself. She said that she planned to release new music and tour in 2013. Despite rumors surfaced of her changing the name of He Is We and moving in a new direction, she insisted that the rumors were completely untrue and she would do no such thing. However, on June 23, 2014, Rachel Taylor broke away as a solo artist with her debut EP, Come Alive.[16] In August 2015, Taylor announced she was launching "a He Is We 2.0" entitled She Is We.[17][18][19] On October 22nd 2015, She Is We released their first single "Boomerang" and announced that their debut album "War" would be available for pre-order on iTunes on October 23rd 2015.[20] It was released on March 18th, 2016. War was made available to stream prior to release on Billboard's website on March 11th 2016.[21][22]

In August 2016, Taylor announced that she had reunited with band mate Trevor Kelly and that they were writing new songs.[23] In September 2016, Taylor and Kelly announced that they would be touring together. [24][25]

In March 2017, He is We released Fall out of Line to iTunes which contains old demos and re-released songs. The band's "For the Runaways" tour (March and April of 2017) promoted the album by focusing on classic He is We songs. Trevor Kelly did not tour with the band during the "For the Runaways" tour, with Hans Hessburg filling in on acoustic guitar.

Discography[edit]

  • A Mess it Grows (2009)
  • Old Demos (2009)
Track list:
  1. I Wouldn't Mind
  2. Blame It On The Rain (Acoustic Guitar)
  3. Breathe
  4. Pardon Me (Acoustic Guitar)
  5. Blame It on the Rain (Acoustic)
  6. Give It All
  7. Happily Ever After (Acoustic)
  8. Light A Way
  9. Pardon Me
  10. Pour Me Out
  11. Too Beautiful
  12. Radio
Note: Only studio recorded demos listed.
Track list:
  1. And Run (acoustic/live)
  2. Happily Ever After (acoustic/live)
  3. Everything You Do (acoustic/live)
  4. Blame It on the Rain (acoustic/live)
  5. All About Us (acoustic/live)
  6. Prove You Wrong (acoustic/live)
  7. Fall (acoustic/live)
  8. Forever and Ever (acoustic Live)
  • Skip To the Good Part - EP (2011)
Track list:[27]
  1. All About Us (feat. Adam Young from Owl City)[28]
  2. Our July In the Rain
  3. Tell Me
  4. Skip to the Good Part
  5. Our July In the Rain (Stripped Version)
  6. Prove You Wrong (Alternative Version)
  • Fall Out Of Line - EP (2017)
Track list:
  1. I Wouldn't Mind
  2. Breathe
  3. Pour Me Out
  4. Give It All
  5. Radio
  6. A Mess It Grows
  7. His Name
  8. The One About Indifference
  9. Pardon Me

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rose, Hanna. "Interview: He Is We". Scissor Press. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Monroe, Charlee (March 15, 2010). "He Is We Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Apar, Corey. "He Is We". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ "He is We.". He is We Fansite. 
  5. ^ "He Is We". iTunes Preview. Apple Inc. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Boyer, Travis. "He Is We Interview: SXSW 2010". AOL Music. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "THE WORKING GROUP PRESENTS: THE LOVE IS ALL AROUND US TOUR W/ THE SCENE AESTHETIC...". Alt sounds. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Story". He Is We. Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Optimism Encounters Frustration". The New York Times. July 8, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "He Is We Lead Singer No Longer Able To Tour; Bringing In Touring Replacement". Property Of Zack. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "He Is We announces new singer". indiependentmusic. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "He Is We Announce New Vocalist, Comment On Rachel Taylor's Departure". Under the Gun Review. 
  13. ^ "Rachel Taylor Blogs About Leaving He Is We, Discusses Future Plans". Under the Gun Review. 
  14. ^ "Rachel Taylor rejoins He Is We". Alternative Press. 
  15. ^ "Rachel Taylor Is Back In He Is We; Trevor Kelly Is...". propertyofzack.com. 
  16. ^ "Rachel Taylor (He Is We) announces new EP, 'Come Alive'". Alternative Press. 
  17. ^ "He Is We". Facebook. 
  18. ^ "He Is We - Mobile Uploads". Facebook. 
  19. ^ "He Is We - Mobile Uploads". Facebook. 
  20. ^ "She Is We (formerly He Is We) premieres new single, "Boomerang" (exclusive)". Alternative Press. 
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/war/id1049931892
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7120583/she-is-we-album-war-exclusive-premiere?utm_source=twitter
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/heiswe.official/videos/10154303286925977/
  24. ^ https://www.facebook.com/heiswe.official/photos/a.422296600976.209955.157556445976/10154359942850977/?type=3&theater
  25. ^ https://www.facebook.com/heiswe.official/videos/10154334750295977/
  26. ^ "HE IS WE on PureVolume". PureVolume. 
  27. ^ "Amazon.com: Skip To The Good Part (EP): He Is We: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com. 
  28. ^ "He Is We Collaborate With Owl City". SPIN Music Group. Retrieved August 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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