We Have Band

We Have Band is a London, UK based DIY trio of: Darren Bancroft (vocals, drums, percussion, sampler), Dede Wegg-Prosser (vocals, percussion, sampler) & husband Thomas Wegg-Prosser (vocals, guitar, bass, programming) - founded 2007. In 2009, they toured Europe and the USA and spent a lot of time in the studio, with producer Gareth Jones. At Glastonbury they won "Emerging Talent Competition 2009" & now, hoping to prove the critics correct, with their début album, "WHB" (Apr 2010). Drawing from a well of influences that include ESG, Animal Collective and The Rapture, the band created their own sound - a 21st Century mixtape that defies categorisation or pigeonholing. ...show more

We Have Band is a London, UK based DIY trio of: Darren Bancroft (vocals, drums, percussion, sampler), Dede Wegg-Prosser (vocals, percussion, sampler) & husband Thomas Wegg-Prosser (vocals, guitar, bass, programming) - founded 2007. In 2009, they toured Europe and the USA and spent a lot of time in the studio, with producer Gareth Jones. At Glastonbury they won "Emerging Talent Competition 2009" & now, hoping to prove the critics correct, with their début album, "WHB" (Apr 2010). Drawing from a well of influences that include ESG, Animal Collective and The Rapture, the band created their own sound - a 21st Century mixtape that defies categorisation or pigeonholing.

With the prime focus on making people dance, they quickly took the big step of taking their music to the stage, despite having little to no previous experience between them. "We learnt quickly" says Dede, "I never thought I'd be in a band, I definitely didn't ever see myself on a stage! But after the first few shows you get over the scary bit and the buzz just took over - there was no looking back." 'The snowball effect' is a fitting description for the band's first year; play a few shows in London, play a few more outside of London, start getting a lot more hits on MySpace, NME and Dazed & Confused get in touch about doing 'ones to watch' features, label's start calling and before you know it they have their first release. Early singles like the vibrating punk funk monsters 'Oh!' (released on 50 Bones records) and 'You Came Out' (released on Kill Em All) as well as the fuzzy, descending disco of 'Hear It In The Cans' (available on the sixth Kitsuné Maison compilation) showed the trio's playful, disco side but those looking for 12 identical tracks on 'WHB' may be in for a surprise. "The singles are poppy, danceable and catchy but there's another side to us," says Thomas.

Indeed tracks like 'Buffet' and 'Piano' hint at a rougher, more complex element to the discoball dream. "We like a lot of dark music. Joy Division, early OMD, and Talking Heads are just some of the things that we listen to," adds Darren. "The three of us have lots of different influences and they've all come out on 'WHB'." The DIY ethos of the band has meant that they've succeeded without being tied to a record label. ...show less