In the eleven years since the release of the record that brought We Are Scientists to prominence, With Love and Squalor, Keith Murray, Chris Cain and a variety of drummers and additional musicians have been always welcome, if infrequent visitors to these shores. This was once more very much the case, as the Opium Rooms in Dublin played host last Thursday night, as part of a brief Irish tour also encompassing Galway and Belfast. A lengthy queue crept around the corner and almost back onto Camden Street as promised doors of 7pm stretched closer to 8.
Support act Beverly wasted no time in making an impact on those assembled, featuring Frankie Rose, once of Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls amongst others, theirs is a deeply enjoyable vein of guitar pop, at times calling to mind The Breeders, Pinkerton-era Weezer and Waxahatchee. Here’s to a return trip to Ireland for these four sooner rather than later.
We Are Scientists proceeded to build on this stellar showing from their support with a career spanning, crowd pleasing set. Cherry picking from their five records, this was a reminder of the calibre of singles that they have released throughout their career, ‘Buckle’ from this year’s Helter Seltzer and ‘Dumb Luck’ from fourth LP TV En Francais sat comfortably alongside the likes of ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ from With Love and Squalor.
‘Lethal Enforcer’ from the criminally under-rated Brain Thrust Mastery proved one of the highlights of the night, and a riotous set was brought to a close with a potent one-two of ‘Nice Guys’ from 2010’s Barbara, and the track that brought We Are Scientists to a wider audience in ‘The Great Escape’.
Where the consistency may no longer be there on their more recent records – on Thursday, the tracks from Helter Seltzer sounded packed with the energy and life that in places was somewhat lacking from the recorded versions – there is no question that We Are Scientists remain a potent and always enjoyable live act.