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We Are Scientists at Irving Plaza (May 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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On May 11 hometown boys We Are Scientists played a special show at Irving Plaza that served two purposes. Firstly, it was in support of their newly released album Helter Seltzer (via 100% Records). Secondly, it served to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their breakthrough record With Love and Squalor. To celebrate this, the first set from the band (Keith Murray and Chris Cain) featured the groups previous drummer Michael Tapper to resume his old duties on the songs that he helped create.

Getting to see the old trio back together again, delivering all these crowd-pleasing rockers took me back to 2006, when I saw We Are Scientists open up for Arctic Monkeys at Roseland Ballroom, one of my earliest concert memories. Some songs such as “Worth The Wait” and “What’s The Word” haven’t been played in many years (since 2007 and 2006, respectfully). They nailed each and every song, proving that sometimes it’s perfectly fine to revel in nostalgia.
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We Are Scientists at Brooklyn Bowl (November 20, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 22nd 2014

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If We Are Scientists are playing NYC, I’m there. These days the duo of Keith Murray and Chris Cain are joined by Keith Carne, who is the current live drummer (though Andy Burrows is still billed as their official one). Earlier in the year they released their new record TV en Français, and they stopped by New York last month for a grand old time at Brooklyn Bowl.

I missed openers TEEN + Cookies as I was checking out Tobias Jesso Jr. a couple blocks away, but I got there just in time for We Are Scientists, of course.

They played some tracks off TV en Français but mostly stuck to tried and true fan favorites such as “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” which made an unexpectedly early appearance in the set. Murray and Cain mixed in their usual comedic banter in-between songs, when they weren’t taking swings out of a giant bottle of alcohol. A highlight of the show was seeing Murray come into the crowd, even hamming it up for a selfie that a fan took during the process. That and seeing Tim Wheeler from Ash (who as we learned was Murray’s old guitar teacher!) come out to cover Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song,” with the band. He stuck around for “After Hours,” which has appropriately become their go-to closer live.

If you want to see a rock show that is just fun in every way imagine, go see We Are Scientists. You’ll never leave disappointed.

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We Are Scientists Announce New EP: Business Casual

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2013 — with 1 comment

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We Are Scientists released a few singles over the summer, and they’ve just announced that they will also release a brand new EP this fall (no idea if the songs will be on the EP). It’s called Business Casual, and it’s coming out October 15.

They announced the EP with this following trailer, which ends with what sounds like one pretty incredible song. Can’t wait until October. Find the trailer below.

[new]: We Are Scientists – Something About You

By Will Oliver, July 11th 2013


We Are Scientists are back with a brand new 7″ that they will release next week. They’ve gone ahead and premiered one of the songs, “Something About You”, over at Neon Gold. It’s got a nighttime glow to it that sounds very much We Are Scientists. Always good to hear from these guys.

If you’re around the city tonight, they’re playing a show at Santos Party House. Otherwise, check out the track below.

[music video] We Are Scientists – I Don’t Bite

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2010

We Are Scientists always have entertaining music videos. Their latest one is for current single “I Don’t Bite”. It shows various sequences of the bands journey in the back seat of a car, some with blood (I think I own Kieth’s dirty shirt), and some as drag queens. Pure entertainment, as usual.

Watch it below:

We Are Scientists @ Bowery Ballroom (7/14/2010)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2010 — with 4 comments

It’s been almost 4 years exactly since I saw We Are Scientists at Roseland Ballroom opening for Arctic Monkeys. That was the first, and also the last, time I have ever seen the guys play live. Thankfully I had the opportunity to play catch-up on their live performance last night at The Bowery Ballroom.

The opener was Rewards, the solo project of Chairlift’s guitarist, Aaron Pfenning. If you remember, Keith Murray mentioned them when we interviewed him earlier this year. Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Lightspeed Champion accompanied him. With no drummer, his set was based around electronic beats, and dark guitars. His vocals were altered to a deep tone that eerily channeled Ian Curits. I had a lot of fun watching his set. It was emotional electronic rock that had dance elements floating on the surface. It was a lot of fun to watch. Keep an eye out for a song called “Fall Asleep With The Lights On”. It’s a gem.

After the set a guy in the crowd yelled “play live music”, referring to Aaron’s heavy use of effects and electronic percussion. This called Dev to come out to the crowd challenging the person who said it to show himself. Once he did, Dev went next to him and challenged him to go on stage and perform. The lesson learned was don’t fuck with Dev.

We Are Scientists wowed me when I saw them in the aforementioned Roseland Show back in 2006, stealing the show from the Arctic’s that night. The band didn’t loose any of their live chops over the years. The new songs were cool to hear live, but there was no question that the old classics were the ones that got the best reception. “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”, “The Great Escape” & “The Scene Is Dead” had the crowd in a frenzy, belting the lyrics back. The set drew from all of the crowd favorites from their last three albums, keeping everyone happy. Each song had more bite live, always a good sign when talking about a live band. We Are Scientists know how to write catchy rock songs, and they also know how to make them even more fun live. Good deal, if you ask me.

Chris and Keith lived up to their reputation as a hilarious band. Check out the photos to see the self made shirt Chris is wearing. So funny. We Are Scientists are a band that truly do love writing music, and you can tell. They were always chatty and interacted with the crowd at all times. More bands should try and do this, it definitely makes a difference.

Don’t miss them if they are coming near you.


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An Interview With: Keith Murray Of We Are Scientists

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2010 — with 3 comments

I have been a fan of We Are Scientists since I was only 14 years old back in ’05 when With Love And Squalor came out. So you can imagine that it was surreal for me to have the chance to interview the bands frontman, Keith Murray. Not only was he as funny as people say he is, he was also incredibly kind and easy to talk to. I’m a pretty shy guy, but I was able to talk to Keith very easily. This was my first phone interview for my blog (all past ones have been via e-mail or a chat) but overall I think it went pretty well. It’s more of a conversational interview, which I thought gave it extra life. Keith spoke to me about his new album Barbara, and what went into the album.

Check out how it all went down after the jump (it’s too long for the front page). Hope you like it:

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