Lab of love
ADECADE into their recording career, it’s clear New York originals We Are Scientists are never going to go hungry.
Their clever and witty poprock has more than enough appeal to ensure they will always be able to pay their bills. But the big question is can they break out of what might be seen as a strait jacket of their own making and be taken seriously as a topnotch band?
Their witty and wacky interviews and videos have resulted in the band’s core duo Chris Cain and Keith Murray being dismissed as lightweights or, even worse, as a novelty act.
The truth is this is a band that can power-pop with the best of them as evidenced by that jangling juggernaut of an album With Love And Squalor.
If they did lose their way on their last outing Brain Thrust Mastery, on their fourth album, Barbara, they appear to have rediscovered their road map to success.
With new drummer Andy Burrows, formerly of Razorlight, on board, the band have lost none of their sense of fun but have harnessed it to some catchy and classy songs.
Opening single Rules Don’t Stop is a breathless rock ‘n’ roll rush while Foreign Kicks has a shimmering beauty.
Pittsburgh is a thunderclap of a ballad, while Jack & Ginger has shades of Elvis Costello and praise doesn’t come higher than that.
Thankfully, after working hard in their pop lab these scientists have come up with a winning formula.