We Are Scientists
Truth in advertising alert: New York trio We Are Scientists are not, in fact, scientists. They do not spend their days finding cures for crippling diseases, nor do they design bombs that may spread crippling diseases to unwitting populations. Heck, they don’t even make cucumbers glow like a junior high school biology teacher. What they actually do is much more thrilling but, surprisingly, no less nerdy (that what happens when one of your members tries to look like a young Howard Stern from Private Parts). Their danceable, hyper-catchy sound isn’t far removed from the Franz Ferdinand’s Killer Bloc Party soundtrack currently dominating modern rock radio, but they pull it off in a way that’s more tongue-in-cheek than suavely raised-eyebrow. Their major label debut, With Love & Squalor, is stellar enough to possibly break through and join the mainstream dance of their contemporaries without seeming like their desperately trying to pose their way into the party. One more warning: the singer’s name is Keith Murray, but he is not to be confused for the Long Island rapper. So if you go see the band at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on April 1, don’t be disappointed.