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We Are Scientists-behind the scenes of the Chick Lit western

  • We Are Scientists in Ireland for their Western-themed new video. Chris Cain told NME.COM that he'd like to shoot the next video (for 'Lethal Enforcer') "on a yacht in Cuba". Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • We Are Scientists on set in Wicklow Mountains for the video to 'Chick Lit' in Ireland on April 1. The band were tight-lipped about their festival plans when we spoke to them, but Chris admitted: "We are playing Reading and Leeds and Oxegen - but we are playing a few more as well." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • "I kept trying to lead the horses over to the dogs," Cain recalls. "I felt that if we got a good trampling scene into this video..." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Bassist Chris Cain found the horses on the shoot somewhat less than friendly. â

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  • "Keith and I never got pissed on," insists Chris Cain, "but there were a lot of people holding the dogs whose arms were warm. They were leaking urine out of a mixture of discomfort and fear." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • We Are Scientists reckon they sourced every Pomeranian in Ireland. Keith Murray's girlfriend was hoping he'd get a free dog from the shoot. "They were the same colour as the straw on the ground," NME photographer Tim Cochrane told us, "and they had them nailed down by stakes to keep them in one place." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Chris Cain told us: "I would make all my movies in Dublin from now on. It looks great, it looks perfect, it's an isolated grassy area with lonely trees and stuff." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • We Are Scientists' latest video was shot in a National Park outside Dublin. The band had to stay in a "weird hotel" called the Valdridge. "In the bathrooms there were no hand towels, just a bath towel and they had three phones in there, two of which had been disconnected," Chris Cain told NME.COM. "They literally sold the copper wiring out of the wall. I assume they were unable to sell those phones. I think that they were only able to sell to the copper trade." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • "The horses were up to their knees in bog," laughs Chris Cain. "The crew were worried we were going to break their legs". Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • NME's Tim Cochrane was on set with We Are Scientists in Ireland. "They wanted to do the whole 'Brokeback Mountain' thing," he recalls. "They had cowboy outfits and they ended up looking more like Woody from Toy Story." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • "We wanted to shoot the video in a really stereotypical Western way like 'A Fistful Of Dollars' and 'Once Upon a Time In The West'," Cain says. "That's what it's supposed to look like. But we wanted the joke that instead of wrestling cows it's Pomeranians." Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • The dogs used for the video are Pomeranians, Paris Hilton's favourite breed, but not Chris Cain's. "They are the most offensive of the small breed of dog. They have this hideous face. They look like bats. Their face looks like the face of a bat which is a great discord with this really fluffy, frilly coat. And they are just so small and yappy. That was our preconception. But working with Pomeranians, my perceptions have been raised. Some of them are handsome, some have little fox-like faces and thatâ

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  • "We were in and out within about 48 hours, I think," Cain says. "We shot for about 12 hours. We flew in from Frankfurt then got the train back to the lowlands in Holland."

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  • On location at the shoot for We Are Scientists' new video 'Chick Lit'. Photographer Tim Cochrane recalls: "Theyâ

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  • We Are Scientists recently recorded a video for their new single 'Chick Lit' in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, and NME was there to capture this exclusive gallery. "We needed a location that would look like the Old West," bassist Chris Cain remembers, "and we were in Europe so the options were sort of Sardinia and, weirdly, Ireland, and so we chose it out of convenience." Tim Cochrane

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