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We Are Scientists – Northampton Roadmender (3rd December 2015) – LIVE REVIEW

This We Are Scientists article was written by Simon Bull, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.

Who says variety is dead? We Are Scientists live shows are famous more for the comedy tales during the songs rather than the songs themselves.

Entering the stage to Belinda Carlisle’s ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’, the set is a mixture of songs from their four main albums and they open with ‘Dumb Luck’ from last years ‘TV en Français’.

Obviously their indie disco hits from second album ‘With Love and Squalor’ go down better than the other songs in the set, with ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ coming just four songs in which really woke up the crowd, after which Chris asked everyone if they’d had a sandwich today, to which Keith replied they were “going to go around the room” asking everyone individually.

Tonight’s other anecdotes include a tale about dogs in The Hart of Harwell pub in Oxfordshire, how one of the songs they were about to play will cure you of your ailments and a running gag about the banner with their name on at the back of the stage. It was too big and the last word was cut off (Scientists) but the crowd were told if they stayed until the end, they would reveal the hidden word. And in true WAS style, Chris claimed it was a made-up word.

It’s a shame that their comedy spiel detracts from the fact that the pair of them are actually really good musicians. Particularly Keith Murray who uses his pedals and whammy bar to great effect, and as is traditional during WAS shows, sees him take to the crowd during ‘Textbook’, awash with people trying to take selfies with him and singing into the mic.

The main set ends appropriately with ‘After Hours’, before a two song encore sees them end the whole show with ‘Inaction’, which a member of the crowd had enthusiastically asked for at the start of the gig but was told to “be patient” – and patience really is a virtue.