Release Date: Jan 10, 2006
Record label: Virgin
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
While Keith Murray (vocals/guitar), Chris Cain (bass), and Michael Tapper (drums) don a nerdy math-chic look, their glossy indie rock sound is all style. With Love and Squalor marks the band's major-label debut release for Virgin. Sure, fans of Bloc Party, the Killers, the Rapture, and Franz Ferdinand will most likely take to this snazzy 12-song set; however, We Are Scientists offer one element that the rest of the pack does not: more substance than shtick.
True story: The first time I tried loading With Love and Squalorinto my laptop, there was a horrible screeching sound, followed by thedisc being projectile-vomited right back at me. This might have beendue to the copyright protection software that Virgin has kindlyimbedded inside the disc. Or maybe my computer was trying to tell mesomething. WeAre Scientists - a New York via California trio - have that "Indie Rockfor Dummies" sound that major labels have been snatching up lately,playing catch-up to the O.C.