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WIN / Tix to Original Penguin Plugged In session July 2014 in London starring We Are Scientists and Twin Atlantic

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Tomorrow is the 1st of July. Another month, another great gig hosted by fashion house Original Penguin at the famed London venue the Hospital Club. Just like the one starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS a few short weeks back, this month’s show next Tuesday (the 8th of July) promises to be another great night of music. And we’ve blagged a pair of tickets to the intimate gig to give away to a lucky TGTF reader!

A band that really needs no introduction, Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists will be headlining the proceedings Tuesday night in London. It’s not enough that they write kick-arse songs that stay in your head forever and ever like ‘The Great Escape’, ‘After Hours’ and Rules Don’t Stop’. They’re also extremely funny guys and should you have the luck to win this pair of tickets, you’re in for a rib-tickling night with jokes a-plenty interspersed between the band’s cheeky brand of American rock.

Before We Are Scientists will be Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic, who have been wowing crowds all over the UK for as long as I’ve been involved with TGTF and we started writing about them in 2009 (probably longer). I can only say that their epic rock sound should sound amazing in the cramped confines of the Hospital Club.

Normally, the only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. But as I mentioned before, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away and we want to give them to a deserving TGTF reader. Keen on winning? Ready, set, go!

First, please fill out your full name and your email address in the form below. Then to make sure you really want to go (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What band is supporting We Are Scientists on their headline shows in July? (Hint: Dig around We Are Scientists’ official Web site for the answer.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 2nd of July. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received and contact him/her by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.

 

Video of the Moment #1526: We Are Scientists

 
By on Thursday, 22nd May 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Perennial American jokesters We Are Scientists proudly present their brand new video for ‘Make It Easy’, their slow burner off their current album ‘TV En Français’, their fifth. In the promo, Keith and Chris act as defenders of the universe, fending off creatures not unlike the Oods of Doctor Who. Err, right… Well, you never watch a WAS video to be serious. Just watch the video below already!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCjGIRGe25o[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: We Are Scientists share UK / European tour video set to single ‘Sprinkles’

 
By on Friday, 25th April 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

We Are Scientists are in the midst of a North American tour, but last month Keith Murray and Chris Cain were touring Europe and the UK, and during that time, they filmed bits and pieces that made it into this video for their next single. ‘Sprinkles’ appears on the their current and fifth album ‘TV En Français’. Watch below for the clips of performance video interspersed with what else, the duo hamming it up as they always do.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywst96To0IQ[/youtube]

 

Live Review: We Are Scientists with PAWS at Black Cat, Washington DC – 17th April 2014

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd April 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

In the indie rock world where a band often fold after their first album if it didn’t do well commercially, We Are Scientists – Keith Murray (lead vocals / guitar) and Chris Cain (bass / backing vocals) are doing pretty well in terms of sheer longevity. By the time I saw them live for the first time in the summer of 2008, a couple months after their superb third album ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’ hit the streets, they’d already honed their deadly combination of rocking tunes and hilarious stage banter. They released their fifth album ‘TV en Français’ in March and while the new LP sees the duo veer from their original formula concocted in a university dorm room in 2007 -it was inevitable they’d mature in sound, yeah? – I’m happy to report that their live show hasn’t changed and in fact, is better than ever.

The fully capitalised PAWS from Glasgow opened for the New York City-based act. I ran into their band members by accident in a pizza shop open late at night in Austin during SXSW 2013 when I was in the company of another band. I tried to make small talk with them while waiting in the queue for the toilet at 2 in the morning, and I’m not very charming at 2 AM in the morning after I’ve been out carousing with friends, I’m just not. (Awkward.) Thankfully, my next encounter with the Glaswegians was nowhere near as awkward. Nope. In DC, they rocked our faces off with their brand of brilliantly melodic punk.

I am almost uncomfortable to give them the label of ‘punk’ or even ‘garage’, because that would seem to indicate they have complete disregard for melody, and their beards are evidence that they’re super anti-establishment. But the weirdly wonderful thing about PAWS is that they’ve got a knack for writing memorable tunes with massive sounding guitar riffs that just beg for headbanging, accompanied by a relentless rhythm section. ‘Sore Tummy’, from their 2012 debut ‘Cokefloat!’, is probably their best known track, but on Thursday night, I favoured newer track ‘Narcissist’, not even lasting 2 minutes. Whether he planned the hilarity or not, newest band member and bass player Ryan Drever pointed out the location of an unfortunate rip in his jeans before the band lit into this song. Whoops! Their second album on Fat Cat, ‘Youth Culture Forever’, isn’t out until the 2nd of June in the UK, but it’s out earlier in America, and as the band were cheekily selling copies of the LP before the official releases, I couldn’t say no.

Having five albums to choose from gave We Are Scientists a lot of latitude when it came to their set list in Washington. When I mentioned their very funny stage presence, this also included audience participation this night in the form of two different fans getting up on stage and introducing themselves to the audience, after which they were razzed by Murray and Cain. The second punter probably was drunk ,as he made the regrettable admission that he hadn’t listened to or bought their last 2 albums. Naturally, the audience started laughing and booing and Murray quipped, “sorry dude, we can’t help you now”. The punter did get the audience’s favour back when he yelled for how great their second album and breakthrough release ‘With Love and Squalor’ was, and the crowd responded with thundering applause. I think about this moment as being a prime example of what has made We Are Scientists such a fan favourite: they’re the guys who make you laugh, the ones you want to go out and have drinks with because they’re fun, self-deprecating and entirely unpretentious. You’d never see punters be invited onstage like that at most any other show, would you?

But you’re probably reading this review for information on the music, I’m sure. Whether it had to do with ‘TV en Français’ having been released too closely to this North American tour or like that aforementioned fan with his 15 seconds of fame, people just aren’t buying their most recent albums, the newer songs just couldn’t compete with the bigger hits of their back catalogue. I think no matter how long they continue on gigging – and I assume it will be a long, long time to come, so don’t worry – they will always play ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ and ‘The Great Escape’ off ‘With Love and Squalor’, because they always cause mental crowd reactions, whether they’re playing a club or a festival. However, I’m pleased that others from their catalogue continue to be firm fan favourites, including the hooky ‘Rules Don’t Stop’, the oozy sleaziness of ‘Can’t Lose’ and the anthemic ‘After Hours’ (well, as anthemic as WAS dare to tread).

I had assumed that after ‘Barbara’ was released in 2010, I’d never hear ‘Lethal Enforcer’ from ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’ ever again. Never say never. As the opening funky bass notes began, I couldn’t believe my ears. What? Are they really playing ‘Lethal Enforcer’? Year made. I also wondered if they would come out for an encore, as ‘The Great Escape’ had already been ticked off by the (first) time they said goodbye. Much to the delight of the crowd, they returned for one more, ‘Impatience’. By that time, I’d made it over to the bar to give my feet a rest and it was then that I noticed all the people who were not down the front; they’d chosen purposely to stand further back so they could cut some shapes and boy, were smooth moves being made the encore.

The crux of ‘Impatience’, besides its unyielding guitar, is the insistent voice of the song, pointing out to someone else that there’s no point of being impatient and that problems are only as big as you make them. As bad as us music journalists often make the music industry seem as a place where indie bands make no money and barely a career (and this is true), it was in that club Thursday night that I realised sometimes when you’re watching a gig like this, all of that stuff temporarily melts away from your consciousness and what you’re left with is seeing people who are actively appreciating live music. Ultimately, this is what we’re all in it for, isn’t it?

After the cut: We Are Scientists’ set list.
Continue reading Live Review: We Are Scientists with PAWS at Black Cat, Washington DC – 17th April 2014

 

Album Stream: We Are Scientists – TV En Français

 
By on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 3:00 pm
 

Those lovable American jokey rockers We Are Scientists are releasing their fifth album ‘TV En Français’ on Monday on 100% Records. But before that, they want you to hear it! Stream the album below, but for the full experience, we encourage you to visit the band’s official Web site.

If you like what you hear, support them and buy it, which you can do through the band’s store. Catch the band live in the UK in March; all the details are here. Supports for this your will be TGTF friends The Heartbreaks and Great Escape 2013 buzz band Superfood.

 

We Are Scientists / March 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th January 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Chris Cain and Keith Murray, aka the jokesters of We Are Scientists, will be touring the UK in March. Tickets are on sale now.

Just yesterday, the American duo announced their next album ‘TV En Français’ will be released in mid-March on 100% Records. Under the dates, watch the brand new video for ‘Dumb Luck’, a track from the new LP that has a ‘Maneater’-esque groove running underneath it. (There’s a lot of faux blood in this, so if you’re squeamish…you’ve been warned.)

Thursday 6th March 2014 – Oxford Academy
Friday 7th March 2014 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 9th March 2014 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 11th March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 13th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 17th March 2014 – Southampton University
Wednesday 19th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 20th March 2014 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfW1psbLHx8[/youtube]

 
 
 

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