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The Giraffe in Particular

By Ryan Rogers

Brooklyn-based post-punk revivalists, We Are Scientists, will be bringing their infectious energy to the Spanish Moon this Saturday.

We Are Scientists is currently touring the world for their new album, TV en Français, streaming in minute-and-a-half snippets on their website.

We are Scientists
Spanish Moon
Saturday, May 17

The up-and-coming indie band Paws is set to start the evening, performing songs off their sophomore record, Youth Culture Forever.  Apparently the title is a reference to something Finn the Human said from the hit cartoon show “Adventure Time.”

Many people in the videogame scene were introduced to the band on the indie/punk dominant soundtrack of “Burnout: Revenge” back in 2006 with their blood-pumping hit single “The Great Escape.”

The origin of their band name has two competing theories: The band was named after the Cap’n Jazz song “We Are Scientists,” and that the band once rented a U-Haul and when they returned it, one of employees asked if they were scientists.

The band didn’t hit mainstream success until their sophomore record With Love and Squalor. After having success with hits like “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” and “The Great Escape”, the band was swept up by UK music blog NME.  They hopped on the NME Shockwaves Tour alongside other indie brit-rockers of that time such as Arctic Monkeys, Maximo Park and Mystery Jets.

Ariel Rechtshaid has produced three major indie albums last year including Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of The City, Sky Ferreria’s Night Time, My Time, and HAIM’s Days Are Gone. Rechtshaid stepped in to produce We Are Scientists’ With Love and Squalor.

Much like O.K. Go, We Are Scientists appeared on the alternative music video channels, including MTV2 and Fuse with their quirky hipster-friendly videos, which feature them getting chased by a guy in a bear suit mid-band practice and the entire band hitting on the same girl at a club as a unit.

We Are Scientists’ irreverence is translated to their Facebook page where they are described as the “premier funk band in the world today, using grooves such as skunk, ‘backwards,’ and ‘slippery-slide’ also citing their influences as random animals such as the kookaburra, the sea anemone and “the giraffe in particular.”

In all seriousness, lead singer Keith Murray said that David Bowie and Brooklyn dance-punk, The Rapture were major influences on We Are Scientists’ first album. Other influences of Murray’s include My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno, Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac and Hall and Oates.

We Are Scientists is sure to please the hipster and the punk rock crowd simultaneously. Both thrashing about and standing in the corner of the venue arms akimbo would be recommended for this power-punk performance.


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