Live Review: We are Scientists – Leeds University Stylus 8.3.2014


I saw We Are Scientists the last time they were in the U.K in 2010 at the Leeds festival, they arrived on stage with half drunk bottles of wine and treated the crowd to their own brand of powerful indie pop hits and hilarious on stage banter. Saturday night at the Leeds Stylus was a repeat of this experience, except this time Chris was the only one with a half drunk bottle of wine!!

They opened with six back to back hits, that included; ‘After Hours’, ‘This Scene is Dead’ and ‘Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt’. The six hits in a row were proudly pointed out by the band, this prompted the first of the evenings little chat breaks. There was a check to see how all the crowd were doing in various parts of the venue, with Chris being particularly interested in how the roof deck where doing, which lead to a funny exchange between Keith and Chris as to what was the most romantic location, a roof deck or a Mazerati!


As they got back to continuing with the songs, I was thankful they didn’t try and recreated their gorey horror spoof video as the broke into Dumb Luck.

Keith 2, the drummer, was on fine form providing some ferocious drumming that really drove the songs. He had a permanent smile on this face and seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd were.

After about an hour of tunes, the band were coaxed back out for an encore by the chants of ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire…’ (I managed to refrain!) but Chris seemed to love it and joined in with it and Keith 2 provided an impromtu backing track for it. Keith and Chris were then encouraged by the calls of ‘Down it’ and both necked a full bottle of beer, much to everyone’s delights. Chris had already engaged in this activity with his bottle of wine earlier in the set, god knows how he kept it together with his bass work, I guess he’s just a complete professional?!

A We Are Scientists show is always a joy to be part of with the band delighting with in between song interaction and amazing sing along tunes, closing, as ever, with ‘The Great Escape’.

It was only day three of their current U.K tour and I’m a bit worried how they will keep up this pace, why don’t you see for yourselves as they continue……

TUE 11 Mar Newcastle O2 Academy Newcastle

WED 12 Mar Glasgow O2 ABC

THU 13 Mar Nottingham Rock City

SAT 15 Mar Birmingham HMV Institute

SUN 16 Mar Norwich Uea

MON 17 Mar Southampton Uni Students Union

WED 19 Mar Bristol O2 Academy

THU 20 Mar London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

And let your secret crush on Keith Murray continue!!

Support came from Heartbreaker and Superfood for the Leeds gig.

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