In this week's installment of "Don't hate them because," Spacelab is featuring We are Scientists. Don't hate them because they have major label money behind them.
I have to admit I really didn't want to like this album or this band. They looked so much like a flavor of the month — they showed up on the web virtually everywhere all at once, and it seemed apparent that a propaganda machine was in full effect. It was.
But after giving the CD (yes, I still listen to those too) a bunch of spins, the music really seemed to be jumping out of its own skin in an anxiety attack of punk proportions. There's immediacy, energy, all set amongst listenability. They start right on the first track Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt as they build each chorus with more intensity than the last.
By the time we hit the fifth track Callbacks, we're going full-bore on the energy thing. We're speeding along on an airplane out of control and the metal on the wings is starting to split apart and tear off.
The punk purists might see We are Scientists as all too commercial for their tastes, but there's a diversity and listenability here that's a little bit infectuous. And the lyrics come across with a feeling intensity and honesty. You can do far worse than putting We Are Scientists on your MP3 player, which might be a back handed compliment.
We Are Scientists : With Love and Squalor Track List: 01 Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
02 This Scene Is Dead
04 Can't Lose
06 Cash Cow
07 It's A Hit
08 Great Escape, The
10 Lousy Reputation
11 Worth The Wait
12 What's The Word