Category: We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor

ARTIST: We Are Scientists 220px-With_Love_and_Squalor
TITLE: With Love and Squalor
CHART ACTION: #10 US Heatseekers, #43 UK
SINGLES: Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (#21 UK); The Great Escape (#37 UK), It’s a Hit (#29 UK)
LINEUP: Keith Murray, Chris Cain, Michael Tapper
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the multitude of bands combining rock guitars with a splash of dance rhythms that abounded in the 2000’s indie community, We Are Scientists succeed with clever songs and memorable hooks.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It certainly seems like there is a bunch of bands that got deals in this era that had the same idea – combine hooks, guitars, and dance rhythms. It’s funny, because a lot of these bands were gigging about the same time in different places around the world. At any rate, most of them produced good records, and this one is no exception.

It’s their second album (their first one was independently produced and released and seems to have vanished in an abyss so deep that even AllMusic doesn’t acknowledge it) and the UK (who loved Bloc Party, the Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand too) they went gold.

This is a fun album, with choruses that sink into your brain thanks to the hooks, but there’s more to it than the hooks. The anchor is there with great bass lines, and the beats are danceable yet not just straight 4/4.

There’s a bit of filler, but most of the cuts are pretty swell.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are two versions of how they got their name, either from a Cap’n Jazz song, or from a comment from a U-Haul inspector.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: On the vinyl edition only released in the UK.

GRADE: B+: A definite keeper from this era. It stands up pretty well, mainly because of the hooks which drive the best songs into your head.