We Are Scientists

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We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists (also known as W.A.S.) are a New York based indie band comprising Keith Murray (guitar and vocals), Chris Cain (bass guitar and backing vocals) and, until 2007, Michael Tapper (drums and backing vocals). We Are Scientists formed in 2000 and have released three EPs, five Top 40 singles, and three albums, including 2008's Brain Thrust Mastery which reached number eleven in the UK.

The nucleus of We Are Scientists came together in 1997 when Keith Murray and Chris Cain met at Pomona College in Claremont, California. It was here that they hooked up with Michael Tapper who studied at nearby Harvey Mudd College. After graduating they moved to Berkeley and started rehearsing as We Are Scientists. There is much speculation surrounding where the name originated, but the most popular theory is that the band were asked by a U-Haul truck worker if they were scientists to which they regrettably replied 'no'.

After moving to New York, We Are Scientists released their debut album, the self-made Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) in April 2002. We Are Scientists also released three EPs, Bitchin', In Action, and The Wolf's Hour, on their own Checkered Seagull label.

We Are Scientists describe their output as "rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety" and their gigs are notoriously wacky, often featuring jokes and banter between the band and their devoted following.

2005 saw the release of We Are Scientists' major label debut album, With Love & Squalor (Virgin Records), which sold over 100,000 copies in the UK. It featured the singles Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt, The Great Escape, and It's a Hit. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt was reissued in 2006 and climbed to number 21 in the UK chart. We Are Scientists also performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman. That year We Are Scientists featured on the NME Shockwaves Tour alongside Arctic Monkeys, The Mystery Jets, and Maximo Park.

We Are Scientists released Crap Attack, a compilation of b-sides and rarities, in November 2006. In 2007, We Are Scientists were nominated for NME Best International Band Award and supported The Kaiser Chiefs on tour.

Long-time drummer Michael Tapper retired from We Are Scientists in November 2007 and was eventually replaced by Adam Aaronson. Keyboardist Max Hart from The High Speed Scene joined We Are Scientists and has since become a permanent fixture.

In March 2008, We Are Scientists released one of their most successful singles, After Hours, which reached number fifteen in the UK Singles Chart. It was the first single to be taken from We Are Scientists' third album, Brain Thrust Mastery (EMI), also released that month. Another Top 40 single, Chick Lit, followed in June 2008.

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We Are Scientists - Barbara

28th May 2010 -

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Having seen original drummer Micheal Tapper leave at the end of 2007 on the eve of a UK tour, We Are Scientists have used, Libertine Gary Powell, and later Adam Aaronson to fill in, before...

We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Change

6th April 2010 -

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We Are Scientists return to the table to present their latest wares. Hoping to once again re-ignite what can only be described as somewhat of a stop-start, spluttering, career to date. Rather like some of...

We Are Scientists, Interview

23rd July 2008 -

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We Are Scientists - Chick Lit

17th June 2008 -

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Single review of Chick Lit by We Are Scientists. Then there were two! We are Scientist return minus Michael Tapper (Drummer), but it is the old cliché "the show must go on" and We Are...

We Are Scientists - After Hours

18th March 2008 -

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We Are Scientists After Hours Single Review We Are Scientists are practically timeless; the anomaly of their distinctive music never seems to wear-off! The New York outfit have gone from strength to strength in the...

We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

10th March 2008 -

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We Are ScientistsBrain Thrust MasteryVirginAlbum ReviewSince selling a respectable 150,000 units of their debut album 'With love And Squalor', American outfit We Are Scientists have lost original drummer Michael Tapper, but that hasn't dampened expectations...

We Are Scientists - Crap Attack

8th January 2007 -

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We Are Scientists Crap Attack DVD Formed in 2000 and having relocated to New York a year later, We Are Scientists are something of a rarity amongst American bands in that their style is much...

We Are Scientists, Video Interview

31st August 2006 -

 Interview

We Are Scientists - Nobody Move

4th April 2006 -

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We Are ScientistsNobody Move, Nobody Get HurtSingle Review I'm sure everyone bought this single back in July 2005 when it was originally released, seeing as how everyone was there at the start, saw the...

We Are Scientists - It's a Hit

20th February 2006 -

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We Are ScientistsIt's a HitSingle ReviewLifted from their infectious album With Love and Squalor and full of all the charm and energy you'd expected from the naughty New Yorkers. Expect melodic guitars, busy basslines and...

We are Scientists, Interview

13th February 2006 -

 Interview

We Are Scientists - The Great Escape

18th October 2005 -

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(We Are Scientists)The Great EscapeSingle ReviewVirginNothing spectacular but nothing drole either, We Are Scientists are a trio hailing from the good old U.S of A and you can tell by this little ditty, This is...

We Are Scientists - With Love & Squalor

18th October 2005 -

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(We Are Scientists)With Love & SqualorAlbum ReviewVirginIf you like the delicious, pop melodies and sharp lyrics of the likes of Killers and Kaiser Chiefs, you'd better add this album to your collection. This New York...

We Are Scientists - Rescue Rooms

4th October 2005 -

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(We are Scientists) Live reviewRescue Rooms, Nottingham. 27 SeptemberMore smiley front men. That's what the world needs. Until I watched (We are Scientists) I hadn't really thought about how many lead singers scowl and frown...

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