We Are Scientists, the un-killable indie rock duo who stepped into the spotlight in 2005, have announced a fifth studio LP and accompanying U.K. tour coming this spring. Following massive success with hits such as 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt' and 'After Hours' the band's new album Helter Szelter will come out on the 22nd April via 100% Records. The album retains the band's signature quirks, charm and humour, whilst delivering a poppier more melodically addictive sound than ever. Lead single 'Buckle' is available to stream now.
Titled ‘Helter Seltzer’ the band recorded the album with pop princess Katy Perry’s keyboard player Max Hart, who also previously played keyboards for We Are Scientists. The results are ten new tracks that retain the band’s quirks, charms and humour but are poppier and more melodically addictive than ever before.
Singer Keith Murray had this to say: “I’m excited to bust these new songs out for the U.K. fans. I worry about them when we’re gone — many of them have a damn hard time taking care of themselves.” The band has been based in New York City since 2001.
Bassist Chris Cain said, “It’s always great to get back in the venue, since playing music is fun. Of course, everything is fun — eating dinner, going to movies, operating a motor vehicle. It’s all great, but certainly music is right up there.”
“Most of our videos start with some kind of longstanding desire that we’re aiming to fulfil,” says We Are Scientists’ singer Keith Murray. “And well, I’d always wanted to dump food all over Chris’s face. Not in an angry way. I just thought it would be fun, and man I was right”
You can check their track 'Buckle' here:
For ‘Helter Seltzer’ We Are Scientists asked their ex-keyboard player Max Hart to produce. Max had just finished a three-year stint as the keyboardist for international super-mega-person Katy Perry, choosing as his final gig Ms. Perry’s performance at the 2015 Super Bowl. Max rented a studio space in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood, outfitting it with gear he had accumulated over a decade of obsessive internet shopping. In early March, the team got to work and a direction quickly emerged - they would use the tones and trickery of radio pop and Max’s inside- out familiarity with hits like ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Firework’ and ‘Dark Horse’ to add a sweet sheen to the new crop of distinctively We Are Scientists songs. The recordings were shipped to mixer Chris Coady at Sunset Sound in L.A. who has quietly emerged in recent years as one of the finest mixers of glossy indie pop, with credits that include Future Islands, Beach House, and !!!. Finally, the music was passed through the deluxe mastering machine that are the ears of Greg Calbi (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Noel Gallagher, Perfume Genius) to add a coat of heft and sparkle, and in January of 2016, nearly a year after construction began, the album was pronounced complete.
"We've always made overtures toward being a pop band, but we've generally had the inclination to obscure those pop leanings in grit and chaos — to screw them up with fuzzed-out tones and raucous performances," says guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray. "It's made us really think about what our musical genre is. We're not punk — we're too interested in making our songs as pretty as possible. We're not straight-up rock — our tastes are too left-of-centre. We're not indie-rock — our heads aren't far enough up our own butts. So finally, after putting as much time into thinking about it as we're apt to — about ten minutes, over beers — we decided that our genre is 'Helter Seltzer.'"
"Declaring a new genre is obviously douchey as hell, though, and impossible to deliver with a straight face," adds bassist Chris Cain, "so we did the noble thing and just made ‘Helter Seltzer’ the album title. It's especially apt for us these days, though. The songs here are more effervescent than we've ever managed to deliver, but they've still maintained a measure of that ‘Helter Skelter’ element — no matter how fizzy and refreshing the tunes are, they've always got a bit of that seamy, scuzzy, 'cult on Spahn Ranch' vibe. “We therefore consider this album, as a vessel of both sweet pop tunes and seltzer outreach,” concludes Chris. “To be a work of undisguised philanthropy on our part."
‘Helter Seltzer’ track-list
2. In My Head
3. Too Late
4. Hold On
5. We Need A Word
6. Want For Nothing
7. Classic Love
8. Waiting For You
Catch the band live at the following dates:
Sunday 24th April - Bristol - Bierkeller
Monday 25th April - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 26th April - Newcastle - Riverside
Wednesday 27th April - Birmingham - Library (Institute)
Friday 29th April - Leicester - Handmade - Festival
Saturday 30th April - Leeds - Live At Leeds - Festival
Sunday 1st May - Glasgow - Live In Glasgow - Festival
Tuesday 3rd May - Manchester - Academy 2
Wednesday 4th May - London - KOKO
Thursday 5th May - Brighton - Concorde 2