Over the years, We Are Scientists has gradually morphed from these interesting Indie darlings to a bombastic sonic tour-de-force. On their latest, Huffy, We Are Scientists harness the burgeoning energy that started during 2016’s Helter Seltzer to conjure up one of their most massive sounding records to date with powerful performance prowess shining as much as the sanguine sonic storytelling.
Kicking it off with “You’ve Lost Your Shit”, We Are Scientists come at listeners with a tantalizing throwback in the vein of some of those great ’80’s anthems (“We Got The Beat” comes to mind) mixed with the mid-’00’s New British Invasion (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, etc) for a slammin’ soliloquy that’s got all the riffage, all the betas, and just about everything you’d want from a rawkin’ album opener. Next up, “Contact High” settles in nicely with a familiar We Are Scientists sound yet goes even bigger with an orotund statement filled with glistening, mesmerizing choruses that the band have become known for since their inception.
“Handshake Agreement” gets its’ groove on with Keith Murray dropping some Franz Ferdinand-style jangly guitar lines while Chris Cain’s bass thumps out a steady pulse and then “I Cut My Own Hair” keeps it on the mid-aught’s kick with an old school Arctic Monkeys kind of blistering boisterous bravado bombardment throughout. “Just Education” shimmers to start and then shines some more yielding another excellent modern Pop anthem from We Are Scientists followed by another pure WAS jam with an inherent bounce from Cain and then “Fault Lines” is a staggered razor-sharp guitar banger that gets its’ disco on with a swagger-filled chorus featuring Murray’s lush falsetto on full display.
“Pandemonium” is anything but as this bass-driven ditty stays on the straight and narrow of Pop pristine, “Bought Myself A Grave” adds a little twang to a Waltz tempo then devolves into a neat Hip-Hop/Funk Frankenstein, and “Behavior Unbecoming” presents a driving closing number that’s akin to that scene in your most favorite coming-of-age flick where our hero drives off into the great unknown with an optimistic outlook.
Huffy arrives through Masterswan Records on October 8th. Pre-order your own copy now in a plethora of formats by heading here. For the latest on We Are Scientists, check them out on the interwebs by clicking here, here, or here.