Music » Livewire

We Are Scientists

With the Double and Au Revoir Simone. Tuesday, June 20, at the Grog Shop.

by

comment
It will not surprise some that this spunky '80s-nostalgia trio with a penchant for jagged guitar lines and jumpy rhythms hails from Brooklyn. If you tossed the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party into a blender and added that dissipated vocal croon endemic to New York (the Strokes, the Walkmen), you could pour your own We Are Scientists. The debut, With Love and Squalor, demonstrates a love for British rock -- from the dark, dancey single "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt," which sounds like New Order given a Gang of Four facelift, to the infectious "The Great Escape," which recalls pre-op Oasis (before they lost their balls). Though the band gets no points for originality, the execution is solid, and the writing is far better than, say, the Vines'.

Arrive early for opener Au Revoir Simone, whose "triple keyboard action" is complemented by the three ladies' sweet harmonies. Together they make beautiful, slowly fluttering music that's as enveloping as fog and gentle as dew.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.