We Are Scientists and 'special guest' cover Ace Of Bass at Reading Festival

Plus band apologise for rubbish backdrop on Main Stage

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We Are Scientists recruited a special guest to cover Ace Of Bass at the Reading Festival today (August 23).

The band were joined by Editors guitarist Chris Urbanowicz to perform the Swedish pop band's 1993 UK Number One hit 'All That She Wants'.

"You know you can say you saw Editors then you don't have to stay, you can see another band," observed bassist Chris Cain as they tore into Ace Of Bass song. "This is Chris' favourite song, his band won't play it so we're doing him a favour."

The cover had the crowd singing along, however the guest was not the only significant personnel matter for the band, as earlier they celebrated guitarist Max Hart's one year anniversary of playing with the band.

"He played his first show at Reading 2007, he blew it, he fuck the whole show sideways," declared Cain dedicating 'Lethal Enforcer' to his bandmate, "but I don't think it's premature to say Max has won this year's Most Improved award."

The band, who included the likes of 'Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt', 'Chick Lit' and "summer 2008's official anthem" 'Ram It Home' in the set, were also forced to apologise for coming up short compared to the rest of the Main Stage acts.

"A lot of guys ask us why we don't have a back drop, we're the only band on the main stage who don't have one. Well it's because the songs speak for themselves, and we find that associating that kind of theatrics with them insulting," explained Cain "That and we forgot the back drop. We actually have a really nice one."

The band's roadie then became their next target as he attempted to fix the drums mid-set.

"Who's this guy, he's trying to take souvenirs," asked Keith Murray, chasing him off. However the tech got his own back emerging onstage at the end of the set and carrying the frontman off.

We Are Scientists played:

'Ram It Home'
'Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt'
'Chick Lit'
'Inaction'
'Impatience'
'Let's See It'
'Cash Cow'
'Lethal Enforcer'
'It's A Hit'
'All That She Wants'
'After Hours'
'The Great Escape'


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