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We Are Scientists Biography

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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The Latest We Are Scientists News

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22nd July 2012

Roots Manuva closed the second day of Tramlines festival last night (21.07.12).The 'Witness (1 Hope)' rapper brought the Nokia Lumia...

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21st July 2012

Reverend and the Makers opened Tramlines festival in Sheffield last night (20.07.12).The 'Heavyweight Champion of the World' band took part...

We Are Scientists Axe Upcoming Dates On U.k. Tour

14th July 2012

Rockers We Are Scientists have been forced to scrap four concerts on their upcoming U.K. tour as frontman Keith Murray...

Reverend And The Makers To Open Tramlines

21st June 2012

Reverend and the Makers will open Sheffield's Tramlines festival.The band have recently returned from a two year hiatus and are...

We Are Scientists Back In The Uk For Five 2012 Festivals

16th May 2012

We Are Scientists will be playing live in the UK this year for the first time since the release of...

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We Are Scientists Reviews

We Are Scientists - Barbara Album Review

28th May 2010

Having seen original drummer Micheal Tapper leave at the end of 2007 on the eve...

We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Change Single Review

6th April 2010

We Are Scientists return to the table to present their latest wares. Hoping to once...

We Are Scientists - Chick Lit Single Review

17th June 2008

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We Are Scientists - After Hours Single Review

18th March 2008

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We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery Album Review

10th March 2008

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We Are Scientists Festivals


8th June 2012

SXSW Music Festival

7th March 2014

Camden Crawl

20th June 2014

Isle of Wight Festival

12th June 2014

T in the Park

11th July 2014

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We Are Scientists Interviews

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23rd July 2008

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31st August 2006

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13th February 2006

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The Latest We Are Scientists Press Releases

We Are Scientists Announce New Album 'Tv En FrançAis' Out March 3rd 2014

14th January 2014

13 years and 3 albums in, We Are Scientists are back with album number 4

To be released in...

We Are Scientists Announce Spring Us 2014 Tour Dates

6th November 2013

After many hints and a smattering of new music throughout 2013, We Are Scientists...

We Are Scientists Announce 2014 UK Eur Tour

2nd October 2013

We booked a tour! It's pretty much what it sounds like: a bunch of shows, lined up right in a...

We Are Scientists Announce New Track 'Something About You' And Sign UK And European Deal With 100% Records

11th July 2013

We Are Scientists made a brand new track available today on their website and...

We Are Scientists Summer 2012 UK Tour Ammendments

17th July 2012

We Are Scientists are sorry to announce that part of their upcoming UK tour will be cancelled,...

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