New York based power pop troupe We Are Scientists perform at Manchester’s Gorilla following the release of their sixth album Megaplex. The Manchester gig is one of sixteen UK dates the group is playing through March, April and May.
Megaplex is due for release on 27 April just a couple of weeks ahead of their Manchester Gorilla date. For the album the duo Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass) have recorded 10 brand new tracks in which they have prioritised fun over education and awakening. Chris Cain explains, “In the past we’ve used our music to educate, to enlighten, to awaken people to the depth and complexity of moral concerns. This time, we really wanted to drop a fun-bomb. Something to dance or f*** to.
“At this point in our career, we’ve written so many songs,” he continues. “The pool for this record alone was something like 90 songs deep — that we know exactly what we want out of a We Are Scientists record. We want it to be taut, to bang hard, to have a big hook every four seconds or so. We don’t have to be precious about which songs make it onto a record; we can listen to the ones that didn’t make it at home, on our own time. ‘Megaplex’ is just the ten most delicious songs that we have — a stacked-up compound of entertainment.
“It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of honing of craft to make it to six records,” he adds. “I mean, the Velvet Underground never made six albums. The Smiths didn’t. Pavement, Guns N’ Roses, The Stooges — none of them could do it. So, I guess we’re just objectively better than those bands now? It’s just a mathematical fact, right? Van Halen made six with David Lee Roth but only four with Sammy Hagar, so I guess we’re better than Hagar-era Van Halen but only just as good as Roth-era? Which, saying it out loud, makes total sense, yeah.”
Where and when do We Are Scientists perform in Manchester?
We Are Scientists headline at Manchester’s Gorilla on 9 May 2018.