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Seven New Shows! Occurring!

Dear Aficionados of Jam Bands and Ham Fans (hand-held fans shaped from ham),

The end of May/beginning of June is heating right up! Even as we prepare to embark on a chilly mini-tour through Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Barcelona, we are pleased to announce several scalp-flushing shows happening later this spring that, combined with the overall climatic trend of spring, should produce some really genuinely warm weather in much of the world! New dates include chest-tingling UK stops in Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, & Exeter; a triple-dope Berlin club show; and a totally phatlucky festival headliner in Bangkok. Full dickfresh details HERE.

Tonight, excitingly, terrifyingly, Keith and Chris will (ask to) pilot a Virgin Airlines flight from New York to London (!!!), where they’ll meet up with Andy for three days of hard work on the new album [tentatively titled “Unfuckingreal Discounts”] before shoving off to Helsinki. We’ll try to post a few pictures from the practice space this weekend, as well as full, well-recorded demos of new songs. (Psych!!!)

Off to California this Weekend

You Chuck Wagon Autopilots,

We’re flying to California tomorrow, and here’s why:

San Diego IndieFest!

Schoooooool Night!(?)

It’s going to be warm, the weather man tells us, which is why we spared his life… THIS time. To understand why his life was in jeopardy at all, you need to have been in New York City for the last couple months.

Will post images of our second-degree sunburns.

Next week: Austin, TX, home to 6th Street, an actual real-world green river of margarita.

Will post video of marg-induced garbled descriptions of temporary epiphanies.




Four more club shows in England, June-time

You Jittery Geodes,

Our last-minute show at the Bull & Gate in London last week was successful on every imaginable level: we remembered all of the songs; we didn’t spill any beer; and no (warm-blooded) animals got (very) injured. So we’ve decided to tack on a few more club shows this June while we’re in England. Ticket links for these intimate, awkward, embarrassing gigs are now up on the Shows page. (Ha! They’re not going to be awkward and embarrassing. That’s just the NyQuil talking. In fact, they aren’t even going to be very intimate. More like “slick” and “professional.” Just kidding — that’s the Tabasco & Redbull talking. When have you known us to be slick or professional? Okay, maybe if you’ve dated one of us, but never at a show. Let’s just say these shows will be “successful,” we hope, and leave it at that.)

If you missed last week’s now-historical show — “historical” in the sense that it happened in the past, we mean — consider putting one of our vinyls on the ol’ scratching droid and scrolling through Camden Crawl’s photo set on flickr. For better accuracy, mess with the record player’s speed a little bit every few minutes, and pour grape jelly all over the platter sometime during track 7.

Shrieking, shrieking, shrieking.

Fatigue sets in; Keith decides to have a lie down.

Also! Details on April’s Barcelona festival have been updated on the Shows page. Ticket links are working like dwarves in a silver mine.

Shows in PA & elsewhere, a trip to London, and a Scandinavian etymological journey

You Cat-Faced Vikings,

We’ll begin this update by addressing something that’s been causing plenty of confusion and consternation for a great many of you: Who were the “cat-faced Vikings”? The answer couldn’t be simpler! These were Vikings (8th-11th cent.) who, through rudimentary plastic surgery, looked exactly like cats. So far so good. What’s little understood is the derivation of the “cat-faced” assignation. Why not, for example, “cat-like,” or even “cat,” given that these Vikings were, in every cosmetic respect, identical to cats – legs, paws, tails, tummies, flanks, ears, and, of course, faces? One clue may lie in a linguistic irregularity found in dialects spoken by several subdivisions of the larger group known as Vikings. In these dialects, a single multipurpose word – “face” – was used to describe any specific part of the body. Thus one might say, “My body hurts,” and when asked, “Which part?” one could point to one’s stomach, from which half an arrow protruded, and say, “My face.”

If you want to come to our show tomorrow in Pennsylvania, and you don’t attend Washington & Jefferson University, take heart. The show is open to the public, though it’s only free for students, who already blew their February budgets on glow-in-the dark “hot ice” condoms and tequila, which was poured into the condoms, which were then tied shut and thrown at deer, who were largely delighted. The thing is, you can’t buy tickets online, so if you’re driving out to Western PA from Philly or New York or San Francisco, you might justifiably worry about arriving and finding that all the tickets had been snapped up by students, their shoulders too sore for the moment to feed any more deer. Well fear not. Here’s how you can reserve tickets, according to the show’s promoter:

We’re doing will call, or they can purchase at the door.  Tickets can be reserved by emailing name and number needed to sail@washjeff.edu, and can be paid for by cash or check at the door.  No credit or debit cards.

See you there, if you come! If you don’t, we won’t see you at all, because we’ll be there.

Luckily, this isn’t our last chance to meet up. We’re not doing any extensive touring in the first half of 2011 – we need time to begin crafting our next release (tentatively titled “Brain Thrust Mastery” again) – but we’ve set up shows in a few enticing cities in hopes that those of you whose doorsteps we won’t be muddying will consider meeting us halfway. Why not hop a jetliner to Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Isle of Wight, or San Diego and find out first hand what we sound like? (We’ll be adding a few more options in the near future.)

A few things coming up in the immediate future post-Pennsylvania show: on Sunday we’re going to get on a Virgin Airlines airplane and watch movies all night. All the free red wine we can drink won’t hurt one bit when it’s time to push through “Yogi Bear.” When the plane lands, assuming everything goes smoothly, assuming the continents don’t rearrange while we’re up there, we’ll be in London. We’ll spend next week crafting tunes with Andy (Burrows (the First)), hitting the NME Awards in search of our two free drinks, hanging with old pals, just palling around, etc. There’s a chance we’ll succumb to the inevitable desire to play in front of people with Andy, in which case we’ll drop some hints on the ol’ twitter feed (est. 1921).

That’s all for now. Onward!

A Tour, A Single, A Video, A Sale

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You Gum-Chewing Speed Walkers,

Our new single, I DON’T BITE, is out this week in the UK, and it is vaulting up the charts like a monkey with Indiana Jones’s hat running up a ladder to get away from that bastard Indiana Jones. Part of what has people so excited – besides the fact that I DON’T BITE, when played backward on a record player, is “Hotel California” – are the b-sides. We got Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Lightspeed Champion, to cover “Rules Don’t Stop”; and we got Aaron Pfenning, a.k.a. Rewards, to cover “Nice Guys.” So you get covers of the first two singles off of BARBARA, made by two of today’s most exciting young music artists. These guys paint with sound – you gotta admit, it’s exciting!

You can download all three of these admittedly exciting tunes here.

If none of the songs we’re talking about are familiar to you, then you probably don’t own our new album, BARBARA. For the first time in your life, you’re in luck: We’re offering a special download price of Four Pounds & Something Pence (!!!) to anybody with a downloader/computer. That’s cheaper than before! If you’re interested, take a look at this button:

UK Push-button

Euro Push-button

If you live somewhere other than the UK or Europe – and these days, many do – don’t let the lack of a dedicated button get you down. Because of your comparatively weak currency, BARBARA is already cheaper than Four Pounds & Something Pence in your country! Go enjoy your own natural sale price right now: Natural State of Sales.

Now, earlier we talked about “painting with sound” and how that’s a pretty exciting thing. Well if you did indeed think that painting with sound seemed exciting, wait until you see what we were able to do simply by crooning images. Last year, using an arcane method called “crooning images,” we created a video series called STEVE WANTS HIS MONEY. It aired on MTV in the UK, but it was difficult to watch online, and has never been released in any form outside of Europe. It’s a modern day tragedy – people all over the world with limited access to health care, clean water, and STEVE WANTS HIS MONEY. Well, no longer. Today, Episode 1 becomes available on our YouTube page. And each Wednesday for the next two months we’ll release another episode. The quality will be extra-high, the performances will grab your heart like the evil cultist in “Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom” grabbed hearts, and the jokes will have you chuckling to yourself even later on, in the shower, when you look down at your naked body – a time of day when you’re usually openly depressed. Seriously, if you thought the joke earlier in this paragraph about health care and clean water was in poor taste, you’re going to love the rich, delicious taste of SWH$.

Finally, and maybe most importantly of all, we just started another two months of touring. We’re hitting the eastern side of North America, swooping all the way down to Florida and Texas; we’re dropping in to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Amsterdam, Belgium, & Scandinavia; and we’re canvassing the UK and Ireland. Why? Because Keith left his lucky toothpaste somewhere, and we can’t remember where. So we’re on the hunt. If you see his toothpaste – he can’t remember if it was Colgate or Crest, but he thinks it was one of those – please let us know *immediately* so that we can cancel the rest of this tour. Until we find that toothpaste, though, we’ll be bringing our exciting live show to your favorite or second-favorite local club, and we’ll be bringing great support acts including Rewards, Gold Heart Assembly, Twin Tigers, & others. We spent some time in September dusting off some old gems, so you can also look forward to hearing a few oldies that haven’t been around in a while. Gawk at the dates here.

Topman CTRL has put us in, uh, CTRL

If you’re a shopper, and you wear clothes, and you ever shop at Topshop, then you probably know what Topman is. It’s their men’s line, guys. It’s the men’s line of Topshop – don’t be stupid.

Well, Topman has this thing called Topman CTRL. It’s where music and fashion and youth and culture collide, basically, if you can believe it. (The word “CTRL” is pronounced “control,” plus you shout it, per the capitals.) Sound amazing? What if we told you that all this month we’re curating Topman CTRL? Double amazing.

There’s all kinds of good shit involved in curating CTRL. For one thing, we got to set up a gig in Brighton on August 27 featuring us, our second favorite Andy Burrows band I Am Arrows, plus a soon-to-be disclosed ascending star band of our choice. The show is at a lil’ venue called Audio right there on the waterfront (where they filmed, yes, “On The Waterfront,” as well as “From Here To Eternity,” “Blue Crush,” and all of “Forrest Gump”), and it sold out mere seconds after it went on sale. Actually, it sold out a few minutes *before* it went on sale – which surprised us. BUT, you can still go if you really want to. Step one: go to Topman CTRL. Step two: follow instructions to win tickets.

There are aspects of our CTRL curation that you can enjoy even if you’re not in England, though; even if you’re in Moscow or Tokyo; even if, dear reader, you’re in space (you know who you are…). For one thing, we’re making some pretty funny videos about this. Or about something. Here’s an example: Video example file link. For another thing, you can read a list of our favorite new bands and look at some pictures of us wearing awesome clothes, and even (forthcoming), see us getting dressed. Getting fucking dressed, you guys.

Don’t be the one asshole who didn’t check out Topman CTRL and learn about awesome new music, clothes, and video ideas, according to us.

UK Tour

They said we wouldn’t have the guts to return to the scene of the crime, and yet we’ve already booked our airfare for November. Behold The American Barbarians Tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, but until then, we’ve got a few pre-sale stubs for you, along with an exclusive reduced price pre-order of the official tour t-shirt — very few things are cooler than wearing a tour tshirt *to the actual tour that the tshirt concerns*.


BARBARA is coming out. Like, now.

BARBARA is coming out. Like, now.
You honey-dipped thistles,

Have you ever wanted to own our third studio album? Our latest and finest and all-around most vivid collection of music tracks, packaged in handsome plastic and featuring over 20 pages of invaluable liner note revelations? Have you, in short, longed for the day when We Are Scientists’ “Barbara” could be yours? That day is here.

Below is a list of places where you can get “Barbara” either in the physical or digital iteration. Take a minute to shop around a little. Some of these places feature autographed artwork; some have an extra tune or two; some even bring to your hard-drive our cult series “Steve Wants His Money” (about a cult; not appreciated by a cult of fans). You may have a difficult choice or two ahead of you.

Whichever option you choose, wherever in the world you live, know this: you will soon be listening to the 10 finest songs we’ve ever written. Please enjoy!

Digital Physical
UK itunes play.com
7digital

£5 Only!

amazon
USA itunes amazon
France itunes amazon
Germany itunes amazon
Austria itunes amazon
Switzerland itunes amazon
Netherlands itunes Mania
Belgium itunes Free Record Shop
Sweden itunes
Norway itunes
Denmark itunes
Spain itunes
Italy itunes
Australia itunes

A Myspace chat that you missed & an interview in French (kinda), reclaimed using the Sands of Time®

Did you miss the Keith and Chris myspace chat yesterday? We took questions from fans, parried enemies’ attacks, and gave out time-saving recipes that are great for the whole family.

Because of Sands of Time® technology, now it’s as if you were there the whole time…

And if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing us interviewed with French subtitles, dream is about to explode into reality thanks to ol’ 3ème Gauch TV: