We Are Scientists – Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 29 Jul 2013
Entertaining, well-balanced set from the Brooklyn indie-rock trio
This article is from 2013.
‘Is anybody else really fucking cold?’
We Are Scientists frontman Keith Murray, his denim jacket dripping with perspiration, gets an easy laugh from the similarly-drenched crowd midway through this evening’s set at Oran Mor’s subterranean sweatbox venue. Scientists’ sense of humour – perhaps not best conveyed through the medium of music criticism – is one of the main reasons their fanbase stays so loyal; one of the main reasons why, 13 years into their career and lacking a new album to promote, they can still sell out multiple dates on this tour. Their ability to joke around and be genuinely funny – on the Brain Thrust Mastery tour, they provided their own comedy support – are healthy signs of a band who still enjoy what they do, and as such, the audience enjoy it too.
This enthusiasm is equally present in the music: old favourites like ‘It’s a Hit’ and ‘The Great Escape’ are performed with the same energy and vigour as recently-released stand-alone track ‘Something About You’, and if the crowd are perhaps less than rapturous in their reception of some lesser-known tracks (eg the as-yet unreleased ‘What You Do Best’), the band are smart enough to follow them up with barn-storming crowd-pleasers (‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’).
It’s not a flawless gig – even Murray’s dynamo energy flags during the two-songs-too-long encore – but it’s close enough that, when ‘After Hours’ closes the set proper (preceded with a winking snatch of Weezer’s ‘Tired of Sex’), the place erupts. The lyrics, ‘This night is winding down but time means nothing’ have never been so fitting.