W.A.S. on BBC6 today, Crap Attack preview, and a tour review

Listen to W.A.S. on Nemone’s show on BBC6 today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/nemone/

Crap Attack is supposed to be available to listen to at NME.com’s site soon. (Thanks for the info, Susan!)

Scientists make a breakthrough in high-octane power pop
I’m going to save you from the hassle of registering at the Irish Independent’s site. This is the full review:

It’s unusual to see an American indie band use the soft rock anthem ‘Take a Look At Me Now’ by Phil Collins as their intro music. What’s more, We Are Scientists kicked off their set with a weird version of this eighties hit.

We Are Scientists certainly know how to entertain. Their half-Irish singer/guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain are an amusing double act who don’t take themselves too seriously. Instead of plugging their new album, that is due out next week, they playfully dismiss it as complete rubbish.

These Scientists specialise in high-octane power pop, not a million miles away from the likes of Placebo and Feeder. Occasionally, they’re quite stunning whenever they hit on a killer groove, such as the infectious radio hit ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ or the aptly titled ‘It’s a Hit’.

However, there was a little too much generic indie pop by numbers on offer to truly distinguish them as a band apart.

Their main strength seems to be that they’re the breakthrough act of 2006, who are noted for audience participation.

They once famously encouraged every audience member to tie their shoelace to the person standing on their left.

Thankfully, we were spared any potentially catastrophic stunts tonight. But if you want to go down the front and go absolutely bananas, We Are Scientists appear to be the best band for the job.

However, my favourite moment of the night didn’t happen onstage, A man dressed up as a giant chicken for Hallowe’en had to be restrained by security staff and told to sit down on the balcony. A truly priceless moment.

EAMON SWEENEY

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