He Is We Releasing New Version Of Latest Single, ‘Amazing Grace’

He Is We’s latest single is getting an acoustic treatment with a stripped version of ‘Amazing Grace’, set to be released on May 15th.

The original version of the track helped bring a new era for the artist, which marks her first release of new music since 2018 and her first release through InVogue Records.

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For the original track of ‘Amazing Grace’ check it out below.

Live Review: He Is We @ Newcastle Think Tank

Date: 21/06/18

Support: Lizzy Farrall

He Is We are an indie rock band, hailing from Tacoma, Washington, fronted by Rachel Taylor. The first time I ever heard their music was probably the track All About Us which features Owl City. Something about that track never left me and I just hoped that one day they would announce a UK run of shows. Several years later, I had the opportunity to see He Is We in one of the most intimate gigs I’ve ever attended in Newcastle.

I had the chance to speak to Rachel before the show and you can just tell there’s more to her than meets the eye. She’s insightful, thoughtful and a caring individual which transcends to her stage presence as a highly underrated vocalist everyone needs to know about today. However, the performance of He Is We as a whole? Captivating to say the least.

The first act to play was Lizzy Farrall. She’s had a busy year so far, opening for Seaway on their most recent UK tour, a Tiny Moving Parts sold-out show in Manchester and going to America to work out her next steps. Given her experiences this year, you definitely see she’s a much better and capable performer than before. She released her debut EP: ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’ in January of this year and it’s just that raw emotion which draws you in. Similarly to He Is We, both vocalists have a similar style at the base of their performance but the main difference (other than nationality) is the musical style, but that’s what makes them both stand out as performers to make them all the more inviting to watch on stage. With tracks such as ‘Better Off’ and ‘Broken Toy’, it’s a pleasant experience once again and on the next tour, I’m sure Lizzy will blow us away, with one or two better jokes in mind.

Now the crowd was smaller than I’ve seen at the Think Tank, but that makes it all the more intimate for the evening’s experience. I mean, British crowds are usually a little shy but people could’ve come closer to He Is We. Even though it was a small crowd, they looked as if the place was packed with Rachel talking to everyone in the audience and getting people involved, especially when they decided to perform (I can’t remember off the top of my head what it was so I’m going to compare it to a Riff Off from Pitch Perfect) a riff off, to the delight of fans. Taylor took this to her younger days when she said to her guitar teacher you could use the four chords from any pop song and string them together. Although, please don’t hold me to that, it’s not word for word accurate I’m sure.

The band continued through a catalogue of tracks which would leave anyone envious that they weren’t there. Pushing their vulnerability, at times it felt as if they bore all to the audience, but here that’s where you really admire them because when stripped down to its bare necessities which make He Is We the band that it is.

Honestly, I felt like the show didn’t last nearly as long as I had wanted it to. Before I had to leave, I was pleased to find the fans and the bands interacting with one another as it’s accustomed for artists to rush off after their set to avoid being swamped by fans. Here though, you see these two acts that are extremely down-to-earth and grateful for the support they were receiving.

If I could relive the night again, I’d say 100% yes, please do because this is the sort of gig you come across rarely and for He Is We’s first time performing in the UK, it’s a dream come true for the band and the fans.

Rating: 8/10

 

Lizzy Farrall

He Is We

A Conversation With… He Is We

It’s the first time coming to the UK for He Is We and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been keeping up with them for a while and couldn’t believe it when they announced a Newcastle date. I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a chat with Rachel Taylor to talk about everything from the Tour to Tattoos.

 

Rachel: Hello, I am He Is We. That’s my stage name.

Jack: Let’s go from the beginning, where’s that name come from?

Rachel: I was like 14 or 15 years old and I decided if I was ever going to have a band, I wanted them to understand people on stage shouldn’t be above anybody. They should be eye level. At the end of the day, nobody should be idolised so the people on stage are with the people in the crowd, just with a microphone or guitar, drums or flute in their hands. It kind of became a more religious experience where I started to see social issues and understanding that faith was being used in a negative way I wanted to promote that the god I serve would not give a shit about your sexual preference.

Jack: Can I get a halleluiah?

Rachel: He loves you and at the end of the day he created you the way you are and He Is We is a collective of that though.

Jack: That’s a nice way to put it.

 

Rachel: Your accent is so cool.

Jack: I was going to say the same thing as well.

Rachel: Oh really? We’re cool but thank you very much.

 

Jack: and the Let’s Talk About Us Tour. The first time playing in the UK.

Rachel: For sure, this will be officially the first He Is We show ever in the United Kingdom ever in the ten years of its existence. I came to the UK when I was a kid but this is the first time I’ve been able to play music over here. It’s pretty rad.  You guys have Starbucks so it’s cool.

Jack: Best beverage to have?

Rachel: Oh, Matcha Green Tea Latte. It’s powdered but it’s not and I love it.

Jack: Would that be your official endorsement tag? It’s healthy but it’s not?

Rachel: The Medicine Ball is another one. You take mint majesty, steamed lemonade and six packets of honey and then you drink it and feel better. It’s good for vocalists.

Jack: I’ll take your word for it there but I’ll pass on that concoction to a few friends.

He Is We: Please do.

 

Jack: I did notice the picture of your dog last week on your Instagram feed as well.

Rachel: He’s my little nugget. I got him because I started looking into adopting children and figured I should get him first and make my way and so far he’s alive. He’s perfect. I wanna donate his time to military hospitals. The last dog I had served with the soldiers that had just come back from Germany which was pretty cool. If he here, he’d be on his back sleeping next to your feet, he’s awesome.

Jack: And then just snap a picture of him

Rachel: I always do, I’m creepy as hell. Only toward him though. I talk to him all the time. Every time he pees or poops outside I get stared at because I’m like that was so good, you’re number one at number two like over and over again and he stares at me I’m like please stop mom.

Jack: God help your child when you eventually have one.

Rachel: God help them, for sure. That’s my life.

Jack: Then you’d be going from playing to supporting your kid in the crowd and they’re like mom please stop, please stop.

Rachel: Oh if my kid plays sports and someone puts a hand on my kid, I’m going to jail, for sure.

Jack: I’m imagining that right now and I’d pay to see that.

Rachel: I would. I definitely would so maybe I should just stick to dogs.

Jack: And after you wrap up things here in the UK, you’ve got a little break then straight back to things in the US.

Rachel: Mhmm, in like a month and a week and a half off then Australia. I’m getting all my firsts out there.

Jack: And the latest EP, To Infinity and beyond, toy story reference right there.

Rachel: Hell yeah. Toy story is my childhood right there.

Jack: I’ll say I have already seen Incredibles 2.

Rache: Oh I haven’t seen that yet, we were gonna go see it. Did you see Deadpool 2 yet? It’s so good. It’s soooo good. I need to see a couple of movies. Incredibles 2 is on there, Jurassic world.

Jack: I really need to see Hereditary.

Rachel: I really wanna see that one. I like scary movies but I’m not good at watching them.

Jack: Halloween comes out this October.

Rachel: What? Really? They’re making a new one?

Jack: John Carpenter is aboard and working on the music and Jamie Lee Curtis is aboard as well.

Rachel: Oh wow, really?

Jack: And the guy who played Michael Myers originally.

Rachel: Holy sh**! I’m so stoked for that. Hopefully, when I’m on the road I can do that. On our day off. We did an amusement park the other day.

 

Jack: I have to ask what’s in that drink as well?

Rachel: Oh. Lemon.

Jack: By the looks of your face I could’ve guessed that. Going to Infinity And Beyond again, what’s your favourite track to play off that?

Rachel: I’d have to say Every Other Man. I like playing it live, it’s just empowering. To Infinity is really fun but I think it’s Every Other Man. There are ones that are fun which is hold my heart and every other man is like a story. It’s like if I got on stage naked, the vulnerability would be there. I’ve never gone on stage naked but I’d assume it’s like that.

Jack: Have you ever seen Birdman?

Rachel: No.

Jack: There’s a bit where Michael Keaton walks through times square semi-naked.

Rachel: See, he gets it a little. I wrote that song on the piano and we were going to try and write something that was upbeat and I jumped on a piano while the producer wasn’t there and he came back in and I was just this emotional mess. I finally started talking about stuff that was going on with me and that song came about and it was about the way to verbalise everything that was going on with me.

Jack: Damn!

 

Jack: I’d be ashamed if I didn’t ask about your tats as well. I’ve not inked myself.

Rachel: Don’t worry about it. On my right arm, I told my dad if he came back from Iraq. He’s been there most of my life with military stuff, I’ll dedicate my right arm to you so I dedicate my entire arm to that man. The feather is because he called my his phoenix growing up. My left arm is so that my kids will know where I came from so they know what makes up half of who they are. Story of my dad, right-hand side, left-hand side it’s me. And so I intend on filling this thing up.

Jack: And I’m guessing you’re getting something dedicated to the dogs.

Rachel: Oh I frickin’ hope so. I got this because I have the way my dad sees me which is the Phoenix and then I have the way I see my which is the lion and the lotus is the new chapter. The Hercules knot is ever binding, never parting then one of my favourite lines from a song, let my name be feared at the gates of hell but it’s in pretty handwriting.

Jack: It looks very sweet but then you read it and it’s like woah.

Rachel: I wanted the arm to be strength but on an intimidating level like the strength in me that goes what you see really. It’s more for interpretation. You’ll get one then you’ll get it and it’ll be so cool

Jack: Well I just have to decide on that first.

Rachel: You just have to decide on something that represents you to the point that you’re reminded of who you are. You get it as a reminder that you’ve been through this, you’ve had bigger demons and I’ve fought them and I can do it again and so, that’s how I look at it so I can persevere. Get something that makes you excited to be alive. It shouldn’t be for aesthetic purposes, what would you want to have on you, to remind you of your character, of your upbringing, the things you overcame. Did you come from a religious background?

Jack: Yes and no because my mum’s Catholic and dad’s Protestant.

Rachel: That’s some intense religion man.

Jack: But the only church experiences I remember were when I went on Christmas Eve to the local church with my family.

Rachel: That’s so cute. That’s precious. It was a lot of corruption in church so that’s why I love what I’m doing right now. That’s how I wanted church to be. Get on stage but you’re not talking at people, you’re with them. And so a lot of my tattoos they reflect the religious stuff that turned me away from God and what ended up bringing me back. Finding stuff like that, that’s like hell yeah, this is who I am. It’ll open a door to discuss at surface level and get people to connect with you. We were actually talking about getting tattoo’s on this trip but we don’t know where to get them or what to get.

Jack: Finding someone’s half the battle then deciding on what to get’s the other half.

Rachel: Well for us, it’s more what because we don’t lack the courage. It’s the first time he is we have come to the UK and that’s huge so I don’t know what I should get.

Jack: The British flag?

Rachel: My dad would die if I get the British before the American.

Jack: Well, get the American one then when you come back to get it done

Rachel: That would be hilarious. I was thinking something, Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s face. That is like it says the UK, is there a flower?

Jack: There’s the poppy that comes to mind.

Jack: A poppy? Hey, Josh do you wanna get a poppy flower tattooed on you?  On your butt?

Josh: A Poppy Flower.

Rachel: I’m asking what would represent us coming to the UK? Is ther like a bird?

Lizzy Farrall: You could get a bumble bee.

Rachel: A Bumble Bee. Would you get that? That would be cute. I get a flower and then you get a Bumble bee and then we would pollenate one another. My boyfriend would be like what the fu**?

You can watch the video for He Is We’s track Happily Ever After below.

A Conversation With Lizzy Farrall

It’s always a pleasure to see this woman play live. I first saw her open for Seaway at the beginning of the year and now, halfway into 2018, it’s becoming the foundation for who she is as an artist. With a new segment on A Conversation With… I caught up with Lizzy Farrall on everything she’s been getting up to and getting into her favourite Tv shows and one she’s just embarrassed to tell anyone she’s watching

 

Jack: Hello Lizzy, lovely to see you again

Lizzy: It’s lovely to see you again as well.

 

Jack: You’ve certainly been busy since I last spoke to you. America, Focus Wales 2018 and a sold out show with Tiny Moving Parts in Manchester but apart from that has there been anything been going on behind the scenes?

Lizzy: Yeah, so I was out writing and demoing for the debut album which will hopefully be released maybe next year. We’re going into a slightly different direction, it’s not going to be acoustic as much anymore which I’m looking forward to.

Jack: I was going to say if you can do what you did with the headbanging, you’re definitely onto something.

Lizzy: Yeah we’re hopefully going to have a full band as well which is a direction I’ve always wanted to go into and now I’ve got people behind me who can make that happen, it’s going to be really sick.

Jack: God bless Pure Noise Records.

Lizzy: Absolutely

Jack: And the best part of the states?

Lizzy: Oh I didn’t want to leave, I’m not going to lie. I fell in love with that country. I’ve never been to another country without a family member so it’s a big step for me. I was an anxious mess but the best part was the people I met. They were lovely and really welcoming. I was recording with a guy called Chris Cohen who’s the loveliest guy ever and he works with my manager Matty and I got to meet Brett as well. They were all really welcoming to me.

 

Jack: What about the food?

Lizzy: Amazing. I had Chinese takeaway and I know that’s not typical American but it came in a box.  Like if you’ve ever seen Friends and they came in the Chinese boxes, it was probably the best I’ve ever had. The pizza was amazing as well. And coffee. So much coffee.

Jack: It’s a country that lives on the stuff though.

Lizzy: Dunkin Doughnuts coffee is pretty much what I lived off. These big ice latte things were amazing.

Jack: I was over there a few years ago and every morning we’d just go to a Diner and we’d have some every morning.

Lizzy: I definitely came back with a bit of an addiction.

Jack: My name’s Jack and I am a coffeeholic

Lizzy: Pretty much.

 

Jack: But now, you’re on the He Is We tour. You’re getting up there now.

Lizzy: I know. We’ve had a bit of a break really. The one-off show with Tiny Moving Parts was amazing and it was probably one of the best crowds I’ve ever played in front of. We played with a female fronted band called Orchards and they’ve got a Chon vibe, if you’ve ever heard of them before. Big tappy riffs and that was a big highlight. That and the Seaway tour because I was so sad to leave the boys. Especially Woes.  I actually went to Slam Dunk Festival and see all of them again which was really nice.

Jack: Date?

Lizzy: South.

Jack: North for me.

Lizzy: I was going to go to the north date but I couldn’t get it off work.

Jack: Woes and Can’t Swim I missed because the queue to get into the main festival bit was just mental.

Lizzy: Can’t Swim are just so good live. They’re on Pure Noise as well so I’m glad I’ve got them as labelmates.

Jack: On the bright side though, I’ve seen them play before but next time. Next time.

Lizzy: Name drop.

Jack: Absolutely. For Woes as well, I can’t wait to see what they do next. They’ve just dropped their EP recently and I loved it.

Lizzy: HLB2 is a banger.

Jack: I’m just in love with all the tracks and they’re playing with Seaway again on the State Champs tour.

Lizzy: That’ll be phenomenal for them. I’m so proud of them. I’ll have to go.

Jack: It’s just an amazing tour. Stand Atlantic are on the bill for that one as well. Aussie band name drop.

Lizzy: Everything’s coming up Aussie at the moment. So much good music’s coming from there. Trophy eyes.

Jack Tonight alive, Amity Affliction

Lizzy: They know what they’re doing there. Did you go see Loathe at Slam Dunk? They clashed with Woes. They’re from Liverpool. They’re like my boys and they’re really heavy, proper heavy heavy.

Jack: I’ve heard some tracks but not seen them live.

Lizzy: They’re phenomenal live. I’ve known them for a bit and seen them in tiny rooms so to see them on a big stage at Slam Dunk was fantastic.

 

Jack: And I’ve something I’m going to try with you now. Something new. I’ve got ten quickfire questions. You pick 3 numbers between one and ten. So first number.

Lizzy: Go with 3.

Jack: When was the last time you were angry?

Lizzy: oh god. I’m angry all the time. I was angry this morning because PayPal messed up my card reader. They wouldn’t accept my passport as a form of identity.

Jack: What?

Lizzy: Exactly. They were like that doesn’t look like me.

Jack: My ID is from secondary school. Full on flat hair and zero dress sense. But I’ve improved a little.

Lizzy: Well, very well dressed. Quite smart.

 

Jack: Question 2.

Lizzy: Go with 8.

Jack: Give three words that describe you.

Lizzy: Three words.

Lizzy: Go with musically.

Jack: Okay.. emotional, honest and acoustic at the moment.

Jack: A little more but I’ll let it slide. I’ll put it in the brackets. Emotional, honest and acoustic (at the moment). And the last number, 3 and eight are gone.

 

Lizzy: Let’s go five.

Jack: What TV show are you addicted to?

Lizzy: This is embarrassing but it’s Love Island. I never wanted to get into it but it’s recently come on Netflix and now I can’t stop watching it.

Jack: Similar to The Room then?

Lizzy: Yes. It’s so bad but it’s so entertaining. It’s so staged but it’s an easy watch. But other than that, it’s Game of Thrones.

Jack: I still need to start that.

Lizzy: What?

Jack: Well, my brother had Battle of the Bast**** on when it first aired and I sat down to watch it and I was just so engrossed.

Lizzy: It’s so good. The thing with Game Of Thrones though you need to watch up to episode seven and there’s a lot of character building but once you get past episode seven. If you like Lord Of The Rings you’ll love that.

Jack: For me, it’s Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Lizzy: I love that! It’s so good and Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Jack: That’s one I really don’t enjoy but it’s given the word Charley Day.

Lizzy: The thing with me for Brooklyn Nine-Nine is I didn’t like it when I first watched it but you have to watch past season one and then the content just improves.

Jack: And in a world where we have The Big Bang Theory, this is the one that needs to re-run. It’s the tagline the most important cop show ever.

Lizzy: I think it’s just solid comedy. My little sister just watches it on repeat and it’s always on when I’m home.

 

Jack: And is there you’re looking forward to personally before the start of 2019? Being halfway into the year now.

Lizzy: Just keep an eye on social media because there are things I wanna scream and shout about but I just can’t say but I’m hopefully back over in the states at some point. I can’t say anything because nothing’s been announced yet.

Jack: Well you never know, halfway into the month you could be on a plane and end up staying and having the fourth of July celebrations.

Lizzy: That would be the dream.

 

Jack: And is there anything you wanna say?

Lizzy: Thank you for taking the time to come and talk to me.

Jack: Always

Lizzy: It’s been a pleasure as always and just keep an eye on social media because there might be some things popping up.

Jack: I’ll just hide everyone else but your feed so I’m alerted the moment you post.

Lizzy: That would be ideal. Please.

Jack: I’ll tune out love island until I cave and watch it.

Lizzy: Don’t cave. Don’t because it’s not a good thing to be watching. I just love trash TV.

Jack: Who doesn’t in Britain?

 

Check out Lizzy Farrall’s video for ‘Broken Toy’ below.

He Is We Dropped From Secondhand Serenade Tour

After sexual assault allegations against touring guitarist Marcy Santa Maria, He Is We have been dropped from the Secondhand Serenade tour.

Prior to the tour, an online petition calling for the band to be removed from the tour received over 100 signatures.

He Is We are yet to make any response to the allegations on their social media pages.