For Fans Of : Paramore, Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance
What We Are are pretty much a group of musicians who can play decently and sing well, and who have chosen to clone themselves as a copy of Paramore. Now personally I think Paramore are a band who have achieved far more than their talent should allow, so does the world need another band doing the same thing ? Probably not, and yet this style of pop rock (vocal led, no real riffs or hooks, soft guitar on the verse and blurred on the chorus) keeps on cropping up.
There isn't anything terrible about The Material, on the contrary, this is a very well produced album with a sound that will doubtless have broad appeal, but it is so safe, so entirely lacking in new direction or original songwriting that it just turns me off. Everything on this album sounds vaguely familiar at first listen because there is just so much of this pop rock floating around.
So why on earth should you spend money on this ? Well here's a possible reason, you're a fan of Avril Lavigne, Avril has obviously been listening to evil voices at her record company and has tried to turn herself into some third rate Christina Aquilera wannabe, yet The Material's debut album sounds like what Avril's third album might have been.