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|We Are Scientists
November 2, 2005 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
by Chris Mulally
About an hour before the show on Wednesday night at the Crocodile, Chris Cain, bass player for We Are Scientists, walked up to the bar top, placed his elbow on the table, grinned and asked the bartender for a Budweiser. Even before the show, his swagger was hard to ignore. After plucking up his brew, and handing out a wink, he walked over to the front entrance of the venue, standing, with both feet apart, like he was preparing for a Wild West showdown. He was just a few steps from the door, facing the people streaming in after getting their hands stamped, and after a few minutes, a ring had formed around the resident clown.
Later in the evening, after opening bands Tourist and Siberia, Cain was in full effect on the right of his band mates, Keith Murray (guitar and vocals) and Michael Tapper (drums), looking down the audience with a series of wise-guy glances, his dark eyes staring between humongous rims of glasses, mustache still on his ever-sweaty upper lip. If he wasn’t playing crunchy bass lines, he was telling jokes.
Meanwhile, Murray smiled, wiggled and emphatically shivered his way through the band’s set, and kept the ladies’ attention, especially on their hit single, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” that earlier last year brought the band tons of fame and a video spot on MTV.
The band ran through a number of releases from their forthcoming debut With Love and Squalor, (released in the UK but not the U.S. yet) including “The Great Escape,” with hypnotic guitar riffs.
They have been compared to The Strokes, Bloc Party, and I would even link them a little with The Golden Republic, which played the same stage several months ago. We Are Scientists, a Brooklyn-based trio, played to about 50 people total at their Wednesday show, about 350 less than the band the previous night. However, their name is one that is being passed around often on the net these days, after building a devoted following for their epic live shows and three self-released EP’s.
Speaking of the net, they actually started the band in 2000 only after creating an elaborate website for a pretend band (or so they say). A quick perusal of their website easily blurs the line between truth and fiction. They claim to still maintain their own site, and send out every one of the CD’s people purchase online at www.wearescientists.com.
Signed to Virgin, We Are Scientists have the right amount of juice and charisma to be really big, like The Killers. Small stage yesterday, arena rock the next. With an increasing number of acts spending their show staring at their guitars with barely a nod to the audience, We Are Scientists brings back the union between the audience and the band, evinced so well by early rock and roll and punk acts.