Hovering between ‘proper group’ and ‘comedy outfit’, the New York trio now seem as confused about their music as they do about their message

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We Are Scientists - 'Business Casual' EP

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We Are Scientists – ‘Business Casual’ EP

‘Business Casual’ marks the sound of a band who don’t know what they are any more. Having always hovered between ‘proper group’ and ‘comedy outfit’, the New York trio now seem as confused about their music as they do about their message. ‘Dumb Luck’ begins with hair-metal riffs, whereas ‘Return The Favor’ is full of brooding introspection. Then there’s acoustic demo ‘Courage’, rom-com soundtrack-in-the-making ‘Good Answer’, and ‘Take My Breath Away’, the inexplicable and unnecessary cover of the ’80s power ballad. It’s not terrible, it’s not good, it’s just not anything. Forget business casual: if We Are Scientists are going to carry on, they need to smarten up.

Lisa Wright

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Record label:100%
Release date:14 Oct, 2013