We Are Scientists
Indie-rockers We Are Scientists aka W.A.S compromises Keith Murray, guitar and lead vocals and Chris Cain, bass guitar and backing vocal. In 2009 ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows joined the band, taking over from Michael Tapper who retired in 2007.
The original duo met at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and after they graduated, formed a strong musical partnership. The band gained their name when they rented a U-Haul and were asked if they were scientists by the rental company, and the name stuck.
We Are Scientists moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2001 where they worked on their debut LP ‘Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order)’ (2002) and it took them another three years to release their first studio album 2005 With Love & Squalor which shifted 100,000 copies in the UK alone. The album contained the popular hits “Nobody Move”, “Nobody Get Hurt”; “It’s A Hit”; and “The Great Escape”.
The trio embarked on the 2006 NME Shockwaves Tour along with Maxïmo Park, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists and Mystery Jets, and gained a loyal following in the UK as well stateside. After Michael Tapper quit the band in 2007, We Are Scientists quickly recruited replacements (as the band was still on tour), which included Gary Powell of Dirty Pretty Things and Adam Aaronson (The High Speed Scene).
In March 2008, We Are Scientists announced the release of their new album Brain Thrust Mastery and this led onto a tour across the UK and a number of summer festival dates including The Great Escape, Oxygen, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds Festival.