We Are Scientists – Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 29 Jul 2013
- Niki Boyle
- 30 July 2013
Entertaining, well-balanced set from the Brooklyn indie-rock trio
‘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.