Vacillating between dark and light with rhythm-heavy foundations, We Barbarians sucker most into thinking the collaboration is anything but a three piece. David Quon (singer/guitarist), Derek VanHeule (bass/vocals) and Nathan Warkentin (drums/vocals) formed in Long Beach, CA in 2007 from the throes of previous bands. Since their inception and the release of their debut EP, 2008's In The Doldrums, the band has toured with Local Natives, Tokyo Police Club, Maps and Atlases, Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, The Morning Benders and Les Savy Fav.
We Barbarians has garnered critical acclaim for their previous releases, and a recent residency at Spaceland in Los Angeles revealed a sizeable and enthusiastic fan base that packed the house each night. Seattle's KEXP has raved that "their songs' oft-simplicity make them immediate classics" while the LA Times congratulated the band's "insistent and persuasively aggressive noise." With their atmospheric rock sound that incorporates rousing vocals, dramatic guitar flourishes and arresting rhythmic foundations, the group has inspired numerous comparisons to early U2.