We Are Scientists - Helter Seltzer
We Are Scientists are set to release their new album Helter Seltzer on the 22ndApril coinciding with the first date of their UK and US tour.
The comedic duo, singer and guitarist Chris Cain and bassist Keith Murray are back in full-swing with their fifth and most intriguing studio album to date. Radio-friendly hooks, tight vocal harmonies, banging bass lines and gorgeous melodies form part of their new sound - but are yet still equally familiar.
The NYC-based indie rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 2000 have had break-through success with their first album With Love and Squalor (2005) and have continued to use their talent to produce yet more memorable hits, of which six have charted in the top 40 UK charts so far.
This album still provides us with the punky, wild tracks that fans have always loved, but with a more rhythmic approach. The banging beats and groovy guitar riffs grow on you with every listen. Most notably the stand-out opening track and lead single Buckle, available today to stream and download. The video is mesmerising with a one-way slow-motion food fight where Keith covers Chris' face in as much food, liquid, silly string and money as he can muster. With emotive lyrics such as “I want you to buckle when you think of me, I wish I could bottle what I think you need” this album is set to be a genuine crowd pleaser. Other notable top tracks on this 10 track album include Too Late, Classic Love and the albums brilliant ballad-like closing track Forgiveness.
It's a wonderfully constructed, tight, crisp and well produced album, which is more refined than some of the previous albums while containing much stronger material. It will be released by 100% Records, their second studio album with this London based Independent label. Produced by Max Hart (their ex- guitar and keyboardist), it is mixed by Chris Coady, who mixed their last album TV en francais and is tipped as a top new producer to look out for. Then mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi, known for mastering works for John Lennon, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Ramones, Dire Straits, Kings of Leon to name but a few. This album has all the man-power needed to make it a top seller.
Helter Seltzer shows all the strength and vulnerability from a band who are moving towards a new sound after the turbulence caused by firing and changing labels and management. The new material will go down a treat with fans, a prefect sound for festivals and live performances, adding more great hits to their already crowd pleasing set-lists. One of their best albums yet.
Words: Charlotte Wellings