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We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 18 / 9 / 2005

We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor
Label: Virgin
Format: CD


Enjoyable 80's-influenced post punk from New York-based trio We are Scientists which is reminiscent of the likes of the Chameleons, Interpol and the Departure

New York-based trio We are Scientists' debut album 'With Love and Squalor' kicks off with thir first UK released single, 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt', which is fiercy and fiery, and has perky vocals and drums that are used to full effect. The bass is edgy and spikey and the guitars shimmer in a Chameleons fashion. 'The Scene is Dead' has a full on Interpol-style dark 80's sounding groove,. Singer Keith Murray's vocals recall David Jones of the Departure. As the music progresses it also becomes increasingly reminiscent of the Departure, but has elements of Green Day too. 'Inaction', is punkier. Keith's vocal is quite thrashy , a weird combination of Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day and Patrck Duff from Strangelove. The music is chunky with big riffs, meaty bass and big beefy drums. You can feel the band's sweat on this number. 'Can't Lose' has a big Departure style groove, and eventually becomes anthemic. It again has elements of Green Day and Interpol, but also throws in some Beach Boys' harmonies mid song too. 'Callbacks,' is much faster, played at a 1000 miles per hour and US punk rock at its best., while on 'Cash Cow' Keith's vocals again recall Patrick Duff. Its jangly guitar and chunky bass and drums give it a big 80's feel. 'Its a Hit' has a spunky Peter Hook-style bass and more thrashy guitar. The vocal is direct and loud, and it also features some strong backing vocals that lift the track up. 'The Great Escape', the band's recent second single, has big guitars on it, which give it a Nirvana feel, while 'Textbook' is a new wave number. It sounds like a trippy New Romantic the Departure doing a Soft Cell cover on guitars. 'Lousy Reputation' again recalls Interpol, but Keith's vocals are like U2 in delivery. Its sound is very big. 'Worth the Wait' in contrast is wacky and quirky and has great vocal harmonies that work well with the bass and drums. 'What's the Word', the last number on the album , has shouted vocals and Paint It Black drums which introduce more heavy Interpol-style guitars.

Track Listing:-
1 Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
2 This Scene Is Dead
3 Inaction
4 Can't Lose
5 Callbacks
6 Cash Cow
7 It's A Hit
8 The Great Escape
9 Textbook
10 Lousy Reputation
11 Worth The Wait
12 What's The Word

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Interview (2005)
We Are Scientists - Interview
New York-based trio and post-punks We are Scientists are just about to release their debut album 'With Love and Squalor' and have just toured Britain with the Editors. Anthony Strutt talks to them about their increasing profile

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