We Are Scientists
For the 2010 release Barbara, We Are Scientists recruited Andy Burrows (former hitter-man for Razorlight) to drum. Andy moved to New York for the summer of 2009 and began work with Chris on that crucial rhythm section trick: playing at the same time. Keith, meanwhile, decamped to Athens, Georgia, to gain inspiration from the lack of New York accents, and some songs began to take shape. They recorded that fall in London, Los Angeles, & NYC. This geographical diversity could be seen as a metaphor for how disparate the three musicians are as people. Chris likes chicken, Andy likes lamb, while Keith is a vegetarian. All three appreciate beer, but sometimes, when drinking together at a pub, they order different brands. (That is rare, though.)
It is a happy accident, then, that Murray, Cain, and Burrows were able to mesh their musical inclinations to such a compelling end on the songs of Barbara, a record that sees them return to the stripped-down production sensibilities of W.A.S.'s gold-selling debut, "With Love & Squalor," while continuing to hone the melodic knack that has made them popular with fans and men who work for months at sea. The band toured "Barbara" throughout 2010, taking the act to music-loving towns like Cleveland and Cincinnati, and will spend 2011 selectively poaching destinations that eluded them in 2010 (Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Leamington Spa), while writing and recording their 4th Long Player (tentatively titled "Lipsdick").
Keith & Chris have dabbled in television. In the fall of 2009, MTV-UK aired a series of shorts called "Steve Wants His Money" written by and starring the bi-talented duo. And this summer they're scheduled to shoot the pilot for a new MTV series. Andy, meanwhile, writes and records songs as a solo artist, and occasionally lends his drum smashing skill to projects like the soundtrack for this spring's Russell Brand funny-movie "Arthur."
...We Are Scientists offer one element that the rest of the pack does not: more substance than shtick. With Love and Squalor is accessible enough for mainstream alternative rock fans, but also slick enough for those indie rock loyalists who still worship the Smiths.