We Are Scientists 'Not Aping Anyone'

The Brooklyn trio, which is currently on a tour promoting new album "With Love And Squalor", slam music critics who compare them to The Killers and Franz Ferdinand.

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Brooklyn trio We Are Scientists are currently on a nine-date tour promoting their major label debut, "With Love And Squalor". It was released in October in the U.K., where it entered the sales chart at #45.

The album was released in North America four days before the band's first-ever, sold-out Canadian show at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on January 14, where they were interviewed by ChartAttack.

Their consistently upbeat dance-rock sound has caused more than one reviewer to brand We Are Scientists as the next Killers, Franz Ferdinand or Hot Hot Heat. Singer/guitarist Keith Murray says the band "pore over" their reviews ("and correct the grammar," drummer Michael Tapper adds), so the comparisons aren't news to them. But that doesn't mean that they're acceptable.

"It depends on the tone of the reviewer because some reviewers say that in a dismissive way, 'there's nothing new here,'" Tapper says. "And that's annoying because I don't think we're, like, aping anyone.

"We hadn't heard, for instance, The Killers when we made our record, so it's annoying to be dismissed as a Killers rip-off or something like that. Which doesn't happen much, but sometimes bad-spirited reviewers will just say anything they want. But to get in the ballpark, I think it's fair."

Bassist Chris Cain agrees. "I think for a reviewer to say, 'If you like The Killers or Hot Hot Heat, you should check out We Are Scientists' is great. It's useful. For them to say, 'If you already own the Hot Hot Heat CDs, why bother with We Are Scientists?' is something we don't agree with. Although if they really think that's true, they should write that."

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    We Are Scientists are great...if you don't know them you should check them out. 'Great Escape' is excellent.
    cool new band...i like nobody move nobody get hurt and the bomb inside the bomb....i think these guys are better than franz ferdinand and the killers....well that's my opinion....
    heard em when i played brunout revenge. they are cool. but they do fall into the same category of franz, killers, etc...but what the heck i love that genre!!!! hope their album reaches my country...
    lol i saw these guys at Loughborough University SU back in october for 3- great gig, hilarious guys, too!
    they open for kaiser chiefs in their current tour (1 march in amsterdam )
    these guys r pretty good. they've got a kinda odd sound but thats what makes em cool! yeah great escape is a brilliant song
    they're quality. with love and squalor is really good and their website is funny. am seeing them in cardiff on the nme tour so should be excellent
    i love these guy. favourite new band. was going to catch them on the nme tour but due to arctic monkeys and bloody maximo park tickets sold out pretty much instantly and i cant be arsed getting them off a tout for 80. hopefully they'll be back soon though on their own tour
    Jeez, I dont even like them but I can tell they're nothing like the Killers or Franz. Easily better than both
    I'll second that Biggs. I love Great Escape, and Bomb Inside the Bomb! ... To me they have a totally different sound to the Killers and Hot Hot Heat. I'm gonna catch WAS at the NME awards show too which should be completely awesome.
    hey i met the band in manchester and they're really nice guys. chris told me that the kittens "came to michael... and he let them sleep under his bed." but they sound nothing like franz or the killers etc although they're both awesome bands too. if ya like 'em, maybe try the rakes?