This is going to be a different kind of post. Right off the bat, I will be honest and let you know that I’m going to use the release of two new songs of a semi indie band to go absolutely batshit FAN GIRL crazy and basically write one long love letter detailing the sheer CHARM and CHARISMA of a band very dear and near to my heart. Secondly, the second half of this post will have nothing to do with music at all.
We Are Scientists is a band that is 85% sheer charisma and 15% SILVER FOX eye candy. To simplify things, when I say We Are Scientists, I am referring to the dynamic duo of Keith Murray and Chris Cain. One is the DING DING DING answer for Most Bangable Musician Working Today and the other half of this duo is Chris Cain, mustache extraordinaire and a damn good bassist. (They also tour with a drummer but there’s been a slew of them and I refuse to acknowledge anyone other than Michael Tapper, their original drummer, as a CORE part of the group.) We Are Scientists have been kicking around in the lukewarm waters between indie and commercially successful since the mid millennium. Their smashing major label debut With Love & Squalor is maybe my favourite album about living in New York as a twenty something that isn’t explicitly about living in NY and is definitely my favourite album with music videos directed by Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Islands. Since the release of Love & Squalor, they’ve played on Letterman, they’ve parted ways with their drummer (Michael Tapper #neverforget), and left the US to dominate the UK with their good looks and charms touring with everybody from The Editors, Arctic Monkeys, Maximo Park, and pretty much anybody whose ever been on the cover of the NME. Since leaving Virgin/EMI, they’ve released a short web series for MTV, Keith has been on NEVERMIND THE BUZZCOCKS, they’re back on an indie label (PIAS) and they’re getting ready to release a new album in 2014, one of the tracks which you can hear above.
Their music is not rocket science, it’s not particularly complicated or progressively weird or experimentally advanced. However, they understand melody, they understand hooks, and they write super fun, straight forward, guitar-centric songs that get stuck in your head. I’ve been lucky enough to see them in concert and there is such a pure energy to their shows, it’s infectious and hella fun. But what really takes the band up a notch is what brings us to the non musical portion of this post.
Fans of the band will know that We Are Scientists are known for their sense of humor as well as they are known for their music. These guys are legitimately the funniest musicians not making funny music or actually being comedians. Though it blurs the line most of the time when you watch any of their music videos, all of which they are involved with the concepts themselves. The two above, After Hours and Nice Guys are perfect examples. And it doesn’t end there, here’s a platter sample of why these guys are the fucking best:
1) Every single interview they do feels like an absurdist prank on the interviewer avoiding every question and dissolving into improv banter
2) They make the weirdest, funniest videos on their own youtube page. The first one there is maybe my favourite video on all of youtube. I’m not even kidding.
3) They made their own hilarious short series on MTV UK called Steve Wants His Money Back. The premise is it’s name sake. Check it.
4) They write an advice column on their website answering fan submitted questions like “How Can You Understand Poetry?” and “For the past 2 years I’ve been single and I can’t stop touching myself inappropriately, I was wondering if you have any devices that will stop me from doing so? Or any idea what I can do?” In fact, every aspect of their website is perfect.
5) They played this cover of Nickelback’s Rockstar at a radio interview.
So there you have it, these delightful gentlemen make great music, they’re beautiful to look at, and they’re hilarious. Go subscribe to their youtube channel, join their mailing list, and buy their new album when it comes out.
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