We Are Scientists consists of two core-members with Keith Murray taking vocal and guitar duties whilst Chris Cain occupies the bass. The duo has worked with a few different drummers including ex-Razorlight man, Andy Burrows since the departure of Michael Tapper in 2007.
Where are they from?
The band formed in Berkeley, California before relocating to New York City in 2001 to record their ‘forgotten’ debut album, ‘Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order)’.
Who do they sound like?
An intelligent yet goofy post-punk blend of Kaiser Chiefs and The Futureheads but, most certainly, way better.
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Songs to get you started?
It’s a Hit! (2006), Textbook (2006), History Repeats (2006), After Hours (2008), Dinosaurs (2008), Rules Don’t Stop (2010), Dumb Luck (2014), Return the Favor (2014)
What are they doing now?
Preparing to release their fifth ‘official’ album titled ‘Helter Seltzer’ on April 22nd as well as embarking on a UK tour on the day of its release. They will then spend mid-May touring the east coast of the US before multiple appearances at European festivals in the Summer.
- Guitarist and Vocalist, Keith Murray used to play Drums in the band in its original incarnation.
- At the height of their popularity in 2009, the band wrote and starred in a 7-episode series of comedy shorts for MTV called ‘Steve Wants His Money’ in which the band owed money to a man named Steve, funnily enough.
- The album title is taken from a short story called ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor’ by ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ author, J.D Salinger.
- Despite being American, the band recorded ‘Goal! England!’ as an unofficial anthem for the England Football Team ahead of the 2010 World Cup. When asked by NME why they didn’t record one for the USA team, Bassist Chris Cain answered; “We’ve never been huge football guys, but we’re pretty big England guys, and we know her well enough to know she loves her a football anthem”. Fair play.
- Featured on the band’s website is an interesting and humorous non-music related section. Ever the helpful chaps, they run an ‘advice’ service for fans to write in to regarding just about anything. It’s an amusing way to spend an afternoon for sure.
This We Are Scientists article was written by Simon Carline, a GIGsoup contributor.