Following the success of their latest album, ‘Helter Seltzer’, US indie rockers We Are Scientists were back on UK soil and playing Wakefield’s Warehouse23.
Wondering what track the band are going to choose as their intro music is part of the fun and anticipation leading up to a We Are Scientists gig – when we caught them on their last tour, their loyalties lay with Lionel Richie ‘Hello’, whereas this time round they’ve chosen the more upbeat ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia! Already warmed up by ‘Torn’, the crowd were raring to go by the time the band kicked things off with ‘Make It Easy’ from their 2014 album ‘TV en Français‘. Next came the blistering ‘Cash Cow’, setting the tone for the night and ensuring that the band had the crowd in the palm of their hands for the remainder of their set.
The band stormed through a set list of tracks from all six of their studio albums and though it was their debut album ‘With Love And Squalor’ that they touched on most, the crowd were just as excited to hear tracks from their latest album ‘Helter Seltzer’, with one of the highlights of the night being a mass sing-along sparked by the infectiously catchy ‘Buckle’.
We Are Scientists are a band full of personality and when they’re not beaming with joy at the crowds enthusiasm or throwing themselves around the stage whilst delivering hit after hit, they’re partaking in onstage banter. Friday night’s topics included their response to the repetitive “Yorkshire” chant, with guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray wittily enquiring as to whether Yorkshire people keep the chant up at every event that they attend. Bassist Chris Cain drinking Sangria resulted in a “down it” chant, with Murray taking him to one side to “talk privately”, humorously encouraging him to do as the crowd say, as it’s not cool to do otherwise. Murray and Cain’s onstage rapport highlights their closeness and this is something that’s also evident throughout the entire show, with Murray often storming across the stage to play opposite/next to Cain.
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Every riff and vocal triggered a huge reaction from the crowd and the stomping choruses of tracks such as ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ and ‘Nice Guys’ led to a great atmosphere in the intimate surroundings of Warehouse23. Tracks such as ‘In My Head’, complete with an exhilarating guitar riff from Murray, highlight the bands musical development since breaking onto the scene over ten years ago, though it’s ‘I Don’t Bite’ from 2010’s ‘Barbara’ that well and truly highlights the vocal capacity of Murray, as well as the talents of both Cain and drummer Keith Carne as they slow things right down, putting the spotlight on Murray’s vocals, before speeding things up again for one final chorus.
The encore saw the band play power-pop track ‘Headlights’, complete with echoing backing vocals from Cain, before diving into the last high energy track of the night; ‘The Great Escape’. The bands career-spanning show came to an end with the synth-infused ‘Too Late’ from ‘Helter Seltzer’ and it’s clear to see that We Are Scientists are still the King’s of entertaining the indie-rock scene.