Gig Review: We Are Scientists @ Thekla
by Polly Hember
A thick and heavy amalgamation of nostalgia and excitement dominated a packed and sold-out Thekla as NYC based band We Are Scientists took to the stage. The band are full of energy, fresh-faced and almost giddy with their in-jokes, despite the fact that their career spans almost two decades.
Heavier than I remember them in my youth, their powerful new material fills the room. Distortion, heavy electric guitar and pounding rhythm ignites the crowd’s excitement.
What was clear, standing in the crowded and dark venue as the band delighted in the fact that they were performing on a boat, laughing and indulging in charming on-stage banter, is a palpable, unfiltered love for performance. This was no more apparent than when lead singer Keith Murray stepped off the stage in the encore, and sung an entire song from within the excitable audience. A fantastic end to the night and a true testament to this indie rock band’s ability to perform and capture something authentic, energetic and profoundly passionate with their music and performance.
"We Are Scientists know what they’re doing – and they’re doing it well."
Showcasing new material from their recent album Multiplex scattered delightfully between crowd favourites from their 2008 hit album Brain Thurst Mastery. ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ was a true highlight, the lyrics of “My body is your body, I won’t tell anybody” are still going round on a loop in my head. ‘After Hours’ was a perfect hit of nostalgia, delivered with brilliant abandon by the band that had the entire crowd signing along to the crowd-favourite. The raucous and unadulterated energy of their live performance coupled with their humorous segues affirmed that, ten years on from their first smash album, We Are Scientists know what they’re doing – and they’re doing it well.
Make sure you catch them live on the rest of their tour, dates of which can be found on their website.