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Rock - Released January 1, 2005 | Virgin Records

While Keith Murray (vocals/guitar), Chris Cain (bass), and Michael Tapper (drums) don a nerdy math-chic look, their glossy indie rock sound is all style. With Love and Squalor marks the band's major-label debut release for Virgin. Sure, fans of Bloc Party, the Killers, the Rapture, and Franz Ferdinand will most likely take to this snazzy 12-song set; however, We Are Scientists offer one element that the rest of the pack does not: more substance than shtick. With Love and Squalor is accessible enough for mainstream alternative rock fans, but also slick enough for those indie rock loyalists who still worship the Smiths. Album opener "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" highlights the band's sexiest side with chunky guitar hooks and a flirty, danceable chorus. Murray's nervy vocals are a near match for Gene's Martin Rossiter as he croons, "My Body is your body/I won't tell anybody/If you want to use my body/Go for it." Some might think their introduction is a bit brash, but We Are Scientists immediately succeed in keeping cool and cockiness parallel. "This Scene Is Dead" and "Callbacks" curve around punky, fist-pumping rhythms while "Worth the Wait" and "The Great Escape" toy with art rock aesthetic. Unlike the Killers' Hot Fuss, With Love and Squalor is not a pretentious package. We Are Scientists come off well in being both snide and playful. Finding that balance is what makes With Love and Squalor a solid debut. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 6, 2019 | 100% Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2018 | 100% Records

Following on from Helter Seltzer (2016), it’s the sixth studio album from We Are Scientists and the duo are still having as much fun as ever before. Megaplex is a flamboyant indie pop record that merges 80’s synths with distorted guitar chords, drawing listeners to compare them to sounds we associate with groups like the Naked & Famous. The vocal lines are at times banal, but still hold weight as they ring over the accompaniment, with the New Yorkers tacking us on a sonic adventure over the 31 minutes of music. The LP boasts a strong opening with One In One Out, with a catchy synth lead and a chorus that will be engraved in your brain after a single listen. The 9 other tracks move from 80’s influenced tunes, like on Heart Is A Weapon, to classic indie rock sounds with Now or Never. It’s without doubt a playful record that is bright, snappy, and will get you up off your feet. It’s a credit to the duo that they are six albums in and are still having as much fun as their early years (Safety, Fun & Learning, 2002). An infectious record, here’s hoping they keep the good times coming! © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 22, 2016 | 100% Records

Perhaps renowned simultaneously for their energetic, passionate live shows and their lacklustre album releases, the New York duo of Keith Murray and Chris Cain have had a very rollercoaster-like career so far, although we believe they may have cracked the code to success with this latest studio album, helped in studio by Katy Perry’s producer Max Hart. Big sounds, great melodies, and chorus-heavy groundwork make for a perfect return to action.
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 20, 2020 | 100% Records

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Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | Virgin Records

Reduced to the core duo of singer and guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain, Brooklyn's We Are Scientists successfully make the next step implicit in the new wave revival of the early 2000s. Think back to the original new wave scene, both in its original U.K. incarnation in the late '70s and the slightly later MTV-fueled flowering of same across the malls and junior high schools of America. Think of a band like, say, the Thompson Twins. The Thompson Twins released a pair of cred-establishing post-punk records before edging into pop with the "In the Name of Love" single and then the semi-pop, semi-experimental transition album Quick Step & Side Kick, which garnered that much more mainstream interest. So let's say We Are Scientists' full-length debut, 2005's With Love and Squalor, was their Quick Step & Side Kick, an album balanced neatly between indie cred and the sort of aboveground success that the Killers or Franz Ferdinand scored. So then what? Well, the Thompson Twins went all in and recorded the ultra-pop, glossy Into the Gap, an album designed for widespread American Top 40 success, and were rewarded with smash singles like "Hold Me Now" and "Doctor, Doctor." Similarly, We Are Scientists recorded Brain Thrust Mastery. Nonsensical album title aside, Brain Thrust Mastery is the new wave revival's conceptual equivalent of an album like Into the Gap. The first single, "After Hours," is a pure pop delight, the most immediately catchy song We Are Scientists have yet created and a genuine potential hit. "Impatience" would a solid choice for the not as memorable second single, and the goofy, deliberately corny dance-pop of "Lethal Enforcer" sounds tailor-made for the soundtrack of 2008's equivalent of a John Hughes teen comedy. There are some solid album tracks that recall the more daring aspects of the debut, particularly the abstract, dark-hued cool of the opener, "Ghouls," and the catchy and energetic "Tonight." But the rest of Brain Thrust Mastery consists of pleasantly tuneful pop songs that barely register with the listener even after several repetitions. It's not a bad record, and its best songs are certainly worthy of Thompson Twins-level success. It's just that in the long run, this gambit did that band no favors (quick, name one Thompson Twins song post 1984), and barring another conceptual overhaul the next time out, We Are Scientists might find themselves in the same boat. © Stewart Mason /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 22, 2020 | 100% Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2006 | Virgin Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 19, 2019 | 100% Records

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Rock - Released June 10, 2010 | MRI

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Rock - Released January 1, 2005 | Virgin Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 3, 2014 | Dine Alone Music Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | 100% Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2008 | Virgin Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 16, 2018 | 100% Records

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Rock - Released April 27, 2010 | MRI

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Virgin Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 15, 2019 | 100% Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | 100% Records

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