We Are Scientists Overview
We Are Scientists is a New York based rock band that formed in Berkeley Berkeley, California , California in the year 2000. Originally formed of Keith Murray Keith Murray (singer) on drums, Chris Cain Chris Cain (We Are Scientists) playing bass guitar and Scott Lamb providing vocals and guitar, before Michael Tapper became drummer and Keith became vocalist and guitarist. The band's breakthrough success came with their second album With Love and Squalor which sold 100,000 Music recording sales certification copies in the first 6 months. Their second success was with Brain Thrust Mastery which charted at 11 in the UK album chart, with two top 40 singles "After Hours After Hours (We Are Scientists song) " and "Chick Lit Chick Lit (We Are Scientists song) ". They are currently promoting the release of their fourth album, Barbara Barbara (album) , as well as starring in their own television short Steve Wants His Money.
Formation and early years (2000–2005)
We Are Scientists members Keith Murray and Chris Cain met in 1997 at Pomona College, along with original guitarist and vocalist Scott Lamb, who would eventually leave the band in 1999, with Keith becoming lead vocalist and guitarist, as opposed to his original position as drummer. Soon after the departure of Scott Lamb, Keith and Chris met drummer Michael Tapper at nearby Harvey Mudd College, with both colleges being in Claremont, California. In 1999 the members moved to Berkeley, California for a short period of time,, becoming We Are Scientists full time, a name which the band have stated a number of origins for, most notably the song "We are Scientists!", from the pivotal '90's band Cap'n Jazz.
After their move to Brooklyn, New York in 2001 the band began self recording their debut album on November 10, 2001 before eventually finishing the recording process in January 2002. The albums title was announced on March 14, 2002 on the band's official website as Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) as well as the return of original vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Scott Lamb for the band's summer 2002 tour. The album was delayed for some time, due to issues with their record label Devious Semantics, but was eventually released in June 2002. In October after several months of performing in California and New York, amongst other places the band recorded their first EP, available originally only at live shows Bitching! was released on October 14, 2002, and featured 6 tracks. Later Bitching! was made available online on January 16, 2003. In March 2003 the band announced they would be heading to the recording studio with Paolo DeGregorio on April 1 to record a second EP; In Action In Action (EP) , which was released through MotherWest records in October 2003, featuring 6 tracks.
A year after recording In Action In Action (EP) the band headed once more to the recording studio with Los Angeles based producer Chris Fudurich, where they recorded rough versions of "The Great Escape", "Scene Is Dead" and "This Means War", which would make up half of the band's final independently released EP The Wolf's Hour, other tracks included "Callbacks Under The Sea", "Inaction" and "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt". The EP was released on November 26, 2004.
Mainstream success and With Love and Squalor (2005–2007)
On January 11, 2005 the band began the recording their second full length album in Los Angeles with Ariel Rechtshaid and engineering from Rob Brill. The band ended their time in the studio on February 23, throughout their time in the studio the band posted blogs on their official website, many of which told of a cat called Lewis, which would later be used on the albums artwork. On May 15, 2005, the first single from the album was aired in the UK, "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt", this came after a number of dates in the UK with Editors. "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" was released later on June 27 at the same time as their own headline Summer 2005 UK tour.
In July the band shot a music video for their second single, "The Great Escape", as well as appearing on MTV2 for the first time to plug their upcoming release. The band also appeared on at Reading and Leeds Festivals for the first time, performing on the Carling Stage, and later the band released the album With Love and Squalor in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2005 celebrating with an album signing session and intimate gig in London's Selectdisc on Berwick Street.
In December 2005 the band made their U.S. Network television debut on Late Night with David Letterman where they performed "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt", as well as announcing the release of their second album, With Love and Squalor which would be released on January 10, 2006, although in January the band would be in the United Kingdom on the NME Shockwaves Tour NME with Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys and Maxïmo Park, before embarking on their on headline tour in April and releasing "Its a Hit" on February 20 and re-releasing "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt" on May 3. In September a co-headline tour across the USA with Art Brut and a new split single with Art Brut covering W.A.S single "The Great Escape" and in-turn We Are Scientists covering Art Brut's "Bang Bang Rock & Roll". With their ongoing success in the United Kingdom the band embarked on another full 15 date tour, with two nights at Brixton Academy in London due to demand, it was on this tour that the band released Crap Attack, a compilation album of b-sides and covers, as well as a DVD featuring music videos for all of the tracks on With Love and Squalor and live performances.
Departure of Michael Tapper and Brain Thrust Mastery (2007–2008)
NME reported in January 2007 that vocalist and guitarist Keith Murray had begun working on the band's follow-up to With Love and Squalor in Brooklyn, New York, previewing "Impatience" and "Spoken For" to the news firm later that month, and announcing UK tour dates for February where they debuted more new tracks including "Dinosaurs", "Chick Lit" and "Best Behavior". Recording their new album began on June 11 in California with Ariel Rechtshaid and ended on July 19. The band headed back to the UK in August for their second appearance at Reading and Leeds festivals where they performed on the Radio 1 Stage.
September 2007 saw the arrival of Max Hart, who would be providing guitar and keyboards at live shows, however on November 1, days before the band were set to head out on a UK tour drummer Michael Tapper quit the band, with the official statement stating: "Michael Tapper has relinquished his duties as drummer of We Are Scientists in order to pursue other things." The tour however carried on with drumming responsibilities being carried out by Gary Powell of Dirty Pretty Things, before eventually being handed over to Adam Aaronson, former band-mate of Max Harts former band The High Speed Scene. 8 of their November tour dates would feature self-improvement seminars, called Brain Thrust Mastery, held by the band "We created Brain Trust Mastery as a way to help people not only colour in that original plan, but to add exciting embellishments that, as a small child, they might never have imagined for themselves".
In March 2008 the band announced Brain Thrust Mastery, their new album, which would feature single "After Hours After Hours (We Are Scientists song) ", released on March 3 in the UK as well as a tour across the UK in April. The album would be released on March 17, however was previewed a week earlier on NME.com NME . The album was later released in the United States on May 13. June 9 saw the band release second single from Brain Thrust Mastery, "Chick Lit Chick Lit (We Are Scientists song) " as well as performances at The Great Escape Festival, Oxegen Festival Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury Festival 2008 , T in the Park and Reading and Leeds on the main stage, as well as a North American tour in July. In the later months of 2008 the band toured with Kings of Leon in the USA.
Barbara, Andy Burrows and TV series (2009–present)
On August 7, 2009 it was reported that former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows would be joining We Are Scientists, Keith stated originally they were going to work with a number of different drummers on their third album, however instead decided to work purely with Burrows after he left Razorlight. According to a post on Andy Burrows twitter, the band are, as of November 11, 7 songs into the album, with 5 left to record.
On Soccer AM in December 2008 the band told the program that they were in talks with a British production company with regard to making a television series, and on October 25, 2009 the band released a clip from their television debut titled ' ', which they announced would be aired within MTV's Lil' MTV program on a weekly basis.
On February 8, 2010, NME, Gigwise.com and The Fly The Fly (magazine) announced the release of the album, Barbara Barbara (album) , in June 2010, along with the release of lead single "Rules Don't Stop" on April 5, 2010. As well as this, the band are booked to perform a sold-out show at London's Hoxton Bar & Grill Hoxton on February 23, 2010, as part of the NME Awards Shows NME Awards and to promote the album. Tickets were confirmed to sell out in less than four minutes. The album's first music video is scheduled for shooting during late February. Songs confirmed to feature on the album include "I Don't Bite" and "Foreign Kicks", as well as lead single "Rules Don't Stop".
Rules Don't Stop can now be heard upon the bands Myspace page.During the band's writing and recording of With Love and Squalor, Keith took influence from bands such as The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (band) and David Bowie, with much of the lyrical content derived from partying in New York. Keiths lyrics are often written in a way that allows the listener to interpret them in their own personal way. Many of the tracks on With Love and Squalor were also written to be performed live, whilst on Brain Thrust Mastery this was not so much the case. Over the two years between records, spent touring Brain Eno, Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie's Berlin era became more influential as did Hall & Oates and Fleetwood Mac. During recording many tracks from Brain Thrust Mastery reference video game's; "Altered Beast", "Lethal Enforcer" and "Ghouls" (which is a truncation of "Ghouls 'n Ghosts"), whilst single "After Hours" was originally called "Rush 'n Attack" - after the game Green Beret Green Beret (arcade game) . The title Brain Thrust Mastery was chosen as it was "utterly meaningless", and sounds "over-the-top".Keith and Chris often both in interviews, at live performances and on their use comedy when talking about the band. The band come up with all of their music video concepts themselves. Despite their use of humor in interviews and at shows, they do not use comedy in their music itself.
Steve Wants His Money
Steve Wants His Money is a 6 episode series of television shorts, created by Keith Murray and Chris Cain. The series premiered on October 25, 2009 during the Lil MTV program on MTV UK United Kingdom and was created with MTV production company Ja Digital. The episodes were made available to watch on MTV.co.uk on November 18, 2009. Creators Keith and Chris have stated that they're 80% sure there will be a second series of Steve Wants His Money.
The series focuses around We Are Scientists owing an American man Steve money and consequently running away to England where they attempt to sell off various marketing ideas to musicians, journalists, music DJ's and promoters.;Current line-up
*Keith Murray - guitar, lead vocals vocals
*Chris Cain - bass guitar, backing vocals
*Andy Burrows - drums, backing vocals (2009–present)
*Michael Tapper - drums, backing vocals (2000–2007)
*Max Hart - keyboards, backing vocals, guitar (2007–present)
*Adam Aaronson - drums (2007–2009);Albums
*Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) (2002)
*With Love and Squalor (2005)
*"Crap Attack" (2006)
*Brain Thrust Mastery (2008)
*Barbara Barbara (album) (2010)
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