It’s often said that power lurks in numbers. Listening to We Have Band‘s latest album Ternion, we are tempted to find truth in the cliché. This London-based trio chose an album name to echo their musical triumvirate: Ternion, or “the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one”. Premeditated or not, it also takes a few listens to fully catch the drift of this eclectic and stratified album. We Have Band seem to indulge in setting us off on the wrong foot: the album’s opening track Shift commences like any other indie rock album, with the esoteric vocals and intensifying drums we’ve come to expect. It’s not until halfway through the track that they distinguish themselves from the masses by adding Dede Wegg-Prosser’s frangible, female voice to the spectrum of nascent sounds, resulting in a polyphonic capstone that makes you want to praise the fact that We Have Band never seem to have heard of minimalism. On this ten track album, the threesome masterfully succeed in seesawing between danceable post-punk, eighties synth-pop and even somewhat sinister disco. We Have Band tends to wear its inspirations on its sleeve – Depeche Mode, Anne Clark and Foals are never far from our minds – but though the musical elements brought into play aren’t of an unknown authenticity, We Have Band unquestionably deserve credit for having mixed them in a unique way. And hey, making disco sound as sharp as a razor should be enough reason in itself for loving this record…

Listen to their newest single ‘Where Are Your People?’: