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So I have spent the past two weeks following one of my favourite bands We Are Scientists. Some people tell me they’re just another generic Indie band but honestly, there’s something more to them than meets the eye. They seem to have something that hooks you and I can’t explain it. I guess part of it is their infectious guitar riffs and the other part is their delightful charm.

I started the tour off in Paris, France in a tiny little venue called Fleshe d’or. We took about an hour to find it and actually realised that we walked past it twice and even stopped outside to look at the map. Danny informed us later that he did exactly the same thing when he was looking for the venue.

The gig was good and involved many things a european gig without a barrier does. Keith’s leap into the crowd for Textbook, stage invasions and the usual almost hitting my head with the guitar. The band left quickly but we managed to talk to Danny after who was lovely as always.

Next up it was Birmingham Academy which was a good show. The guys were really into it and there was more textbook action which saw Keith being pulled into the crowd, him sitting on my shoulders and him hitting my mum in the head with his brand new pointy shoes.

They played a DJ set after the show which I have to admit wasn’t looking forward to or expecting anything as I imagined them to be behind a glass case. At half midnight, they step onstage and oh my, it was incredible. I have never heard a band play so much crap ( apart from Editors Papillion!). Chris came over and said hello and I got the biggest hug – I had to let go because he wouldn’t! Then Keith came over, got mobbed, I got fed up and went and danced with him to What is Love. And yes that is the youtube video. Apparently they’ve seen it. Danny thinks it’s hillarious and Keith only watched half, probably because he was so wasted that he doesn’t want to see the rest of the damage he caused. We then danced to I’m Too Sexy which was incredibly hilarious. We decided to leave them to it as one crazy girl was still trying to mob him and she was making me angry! Apparently after we left, Keith fell on his ass at Danny’s feet and had to be picked up which would have been so funny to watch!

Wednesday was Bristol which was a home gig for me. It took a while for the venue to fill up but when it did, the crowd was rough and there were loads of crowd surfers. Just as Keith and Chris like it apparently. They had pretty much the same setlist apart from Central AC which was good to hear but I was holding out for You Should Learn! Still waiting! Apparently now I find out that they played it in Portsmouth! What a joke! We went and spoke to the band afterwards for a little while before they rushed off to do a DJ set at Propaganda. Keith and Chris left in a hurry and with Danny so we ended up walking him to the club in which we were dancing in the middle of the road pretending to be Cockney geezers. Danny does a mean cockney accent i’ll have you know!

We had a day off before joining the tour again in Norwich at the UEA which was one of the most difficult places to find. Insane. After about half an hour searching through the middle of nowhere, we find it and see that there’s a big queue. No worries. I think it was time for a day off from barrier duties especially as our partners in crime Jo and Tracey weren’t there either. We had a good view on the side which meant we got to see how rough a WAS crowd usually is. There were shoes going around the audience, one of which Keith chucked back and continued to play Nobody Move. It was pretty funny. There wasn’t as much banter as usual but Keith was sick with a bit of a cold and sore throat so that was probably why.

They rushed off after the show to do a DJ set in the centre of town which turned out to be in the tiniest bar I have ever seen. The guys were at a tiny table with people crowding around. They were lovely as always with Keith and Chris giving me the biggest grin as he saw me walk up to them. That’s the thing with these guys, they are so nice, you want to see them every day! I have no idea what it’s going to be like after the tour is over! I’m going to miss them so much!

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After waking up in our lovely hotel room we headed straight downstairs for a nice big German breakfast of bagels, salami, cheeses and muffins. We headed out and did a whistlestop tour of Berlin – the town hall, Brandenburg Gates, Checkpoint Charlie before ending up at possibly the biggest train station I have ever seen.. the Berlin Hauptbahnhof where for the first time we caught a train in Germany.

The train to Hamburg was about two and a half hours but the weirdest thing was that it was in compartments like something out of Harry Potter. It all was a bit strange, especially as we had to share it with other people, so there I was fast asleep with my mouth wide open and mumnbling basically being an embarrassment to myself. NICE.

We had a bit of a wander, got something to eat and headed to the venue which was again in a bit of a weird place. We Are Scientists like to take us to the classiest of places. There are a couple of people there already so we hang around and kind of queue. The doors open and the people in front of us in the queue asked if we could go in first – who knows why?!

We got where we wanted to be. Centre stage. No barrier. Lovely. Until a German photographer asked me if he could push in front to take photos for the first three songs. I said in my best German. “No way”. He didn’t like it very much at all. But hey the show must go on. Minus the bear entered the stage and did pretty much the same set as the night before. Again they were very good but the guitarist didn’t half get close to my head when he jumped around.

We Are Scientists enter the stage and start again with Dinosaurs, then I don’t Bite which is becoming really popular with the crowds almost as much as the older ones. We are then hit with Nobody Move which gets the whole crowd going really. There is a lot of banter again. I don’t think they even mean to be as funny as they are!

Keith keeps laughing and looking at something in the crowd until we see a guy with curly hair wearing a fake mustache. Keith says “Look! It’s another Chris Cain! Get this man up here. ” and he does. WAS and an extra Chris Cain play Great Escape and fake Chris gets given a bass to play so he can pretend to strum along with the band! How cool is that?!

The encore was Break it Up which is a personal favourite off of Barbara how ever I really wish they would play You Should Learn because it is clearly the best track off of Barabara. They end with Cash Cow. Perfection the the max. What a band.

We hang around at the end like we told them we would. There are a couple of annoying fan girls outside screaming their heads off. They break into the backstage area which I thought was a little much… we just hung around and waited for twenty minutes until Keith came out and declared he was coming back but just had to put some stuff on the bus.

Five minuted later and he came back, signed my poster, had another conversation until some more fans wanted some stuff signed. When he was finished with them and they’d gone he turned to us and said: “Right then mams! We’re heading inside the bar. Meet us around the other side!”  and so we did.

It was quite funny watching Keith get mobbed by people wanting to talk to him. We spent a lot of the time with Danny who was talking to us about Cats and Australia which was hillarious and then we watched him and Keith playfight pretending to be cats. Extremely surreal. And so that was the end of the evening. We bid them farewell with a hug and told them we’d see them in Brighton. Keith wished us a safe journey home and that was that. The end of the European adventure – well for now anyway. Bring on November!

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So it’s this time of the week again where we take a look into Electric’s favourite videos of past and present. So here goes….

WE ARE SCIENTISTS – RULES DON’T STOP!!

It’s a little different to the WAS videos of the past but perhaps it’s showing that a part of them has grown up. Although I miss the animals and crazy stuffs from the past videos, I actually adore this one. The track is brilliant, almost back to With Love and Squalor days but with a twist. The video is pretty funny, and who can’t deny that Keith is extremely pretty….well there you go! Video of the week, until next Friday!

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So yesterday, We Are Scientists played a secret gig at the Camden Barfly headlining after The Chapman Family as part of the NME awards shows. It was a big secret until The Chapman family hinted at their special guests on twitter saying: ” Our special guests think they’re scientists”. Hmm it didn’t take long to guess did it?!

The Chapman family played first and to be honest they weren’t my cup of tea, in fact it was somewhat a little disturbing especially the last song where the lead singer almost strangled himself with his microphone. Interesting.

Now let’s get to the important part! The clock strikes ten and WAS walk onto the tiny stage and go straight into a new song followed by Impatience. Wow the guys are on top form tonight including the banter between Keith, Chris and stand in drummer Andy Burrows who chose to relax and watch during these comedic moments.

WAS continue mixing new songs with the old favourites including newie Jack and Ginger, Rules, Great Escape, Let’s see it and Nobody Move. At one point we even get to see a version of the pyramid of rock – oh yes remember that one?!  The guys are clearly enjoying themselves up on the stage and are revelling in playing to such a small audience – the capacity is only 200!

After more banter, the band finish with After Hours claiming it to be their biggest phenomenal hit to date – not for long guys, i’m sure Barbera is going to be a quality album! WAS bid the crowd goodnight, exiting the stage. Keith stays around talking to some fans and having photos. They’re all such a bunch of lovely and super friendly guys!

Hopefully it won’t be long until the next tour is announced! Looking forward to it! 🙂

Setlist: Nice boys, Impatience, Let’s see it, Break it up, Scene is dead, Rules, I don’t bite, Great Escape, Pittsburgh, Ambition, Nobody Move, Jack and Ginger, After hours. END.

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The filming of Avatar 2..... no actually the video of their new single

After playing a small tour entitled ‘The Big Fucking Deal’ which I thought was a stroke of genius, Keith Murray and Chris Cain will be coming back to the UK to play a one off show as part of the NME Awards Show tour. Tickets have already gone onsale and sold out in under four minutes – very impressive guys! Hopefully they’ll add a couple of dates on to it, who knows?!

It’s bound to be a great show especially as ex Razorlight member Andy Burrows will be joining the pair to debut songs from new album Barbara which is due out in March. According to Scientistbros twitter the album is done, being mixed and they’re shooting the video for their first single – something tells me it will continue the theme of animals – surely!!

So it looks like WAS are back – thank god. They’ve been gone far too long!

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