Band: The Way We Were
Single Title: Tic-Tac-Toe
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Jeremy Vane-Tempest
It’s a wonder that metal heads and punks don’t get on better, considering how much they have in common. They pledge their allegiance to genres completely lacking in diversity, fighting tooth and nail to prevent stylistic change or experiencing growth of any kind.
Anyway, Tic-Tac-Toe by The Way We Were is a perfect demonstration of this straight and narrow approach to music that punk and metal are both well and truly currently in the throes of. Having said all that, The Way We Were are one of the many, many bands that have proved how much of an idiot I am because this song is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Yes, it’s formulaic but sometimes you should stick to the damn formula because it works. Tic-Tac-Toe is fast, it’s fun and it has got some harsh vocals at the end that give it a kick and give you an excuse to windmill into your best mate’s face. Listening to that tinny, staccato riff and their frontman’s mostly Australian but suspiciously American-tinged accent makes me want to chuck on one of my old Jack Napier EPs and kick over a chair in the lounge room (much to my wife’s chagrin). That’s the thing about punk and hardcore, though. The American accent is just a natural thing. $10 says most bands don’t even realise they’re doing it.
At the end of the day though, you’ve heard this song a million times but you’ll still enjoy it. It’s perfect for kids to waste the most important formative years of their lives by throwing down to it in circle pits in 40°C heat at some godforsaken skate park in Gosford, before collapsing of heat exhaustion only to be revived when their mates chuck them off the jetty near the old Iguana Joes. I love Tic-Tac-Toe to bits and so will you. Hardcore lives.
CATCH THE WAY WE WERE AT NEVERMIND THE WARP’D TOUR ON DECEMBER 3 2016 AT THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL
BUY THE WAY WE WERE’S NEW SINGLE, ‘TIC-TAC-TOE’