We Are Scientists are back with details of a UK tour and their sixth album ‘Megaplex’. Check out the futuristic video for launch single ‘One In One Out’ on NME first below.
Taking their sound in more of a synth-driven electro-pop direction, the video follows a similarly futuristic suit and sees the band exploring the world of virtual reality.
“The video’s concept came from a technique our director, Jed Mitchell, personally developed for hacking a standard consumer-grade 3D scanner/motion detecter and running the filmed results through some non-affiliated, third-party software, which it also seemed like he was maybe using incorrectly,” bassist Chris Cain told NME. “None of it seemed quite on the level, to be honest, and I sort of suspect that Jed might go to jail once this video is released. It will have been worth it, though—we love the video.”
Frontman Keith Murray added: “When Jed explained the VR aspect to us, we thought it was going to be our chance to step outside of our corporeal bondage, to enter a world where natural laws have no place, where our abilities would be unchecked by physics or even by morality, where we could live like gods and wantonly slake our every unholy thirst.
“Turns out, he just wanted us to perform our song, which was fun, too.”
Meanwhile, a quote bizarrely attributed to President Donald Trump reads: “I have a son,” says President Donald Trump. “He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society.
“We have so many things that we have to do better…and certainly cyber is one of them.”
‘Megaplex’ will be released on April 27, and sees the band reach what they see as the landmark of their sixth album.
“At this point in our career, we’ve written so many songs,” said Keith. “The pool for this record alone was something like 90 songs deep — that we know exactly what we want out of a We Are Scientists record. We want it to be taut, to bang hard, to have a big hook every four seconds or so. We don’t have to be precious about which songs make it onto a record; we can listen to the ones that didn’t make it at home, on our own time. ‘Megaplex’ is just the ten most delicious songs that we have — a stacked-up compound of entertainment.”
He continued: “It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of honing of craft to make it to six records. I mean, the Velvet Underground never made six albums. The Smiths didn’t. Pavement, Guns N’ Roses, The Stooges — none of them could do it. So, I guess we’re just objectively better than those bands now? It’s just a mathematical fact, right?
“Van Halen made six with David Lee Roth but only four with Sammy Hagar, so I guess we’re better than Hagar-era Van Halen but only just as good as Roth-era? Which, saying it out loud, makes total sense, yeah.”
Keith added: “Our brilliant work in pop song writing is unsurpassed,” summarises Keith. “And will probably make the We Are Scientists name live beyond eternity.”
Revealing the sound of the record, Cain said : “In the past we’ve used our music to educate, to enlighten, to awaken people to the depth and complexity of moral concerns. This time, we really wanted to drop a fun-bomb. Something to dance or fuck to.”
We Are Scientists tour dates and tickets
The band’s upcoming tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday February 9 and will be available here.
Wednesday 28 Mar 2018 – Southampton, The Joiners (50th Anniversary Show)
Thursdat 29 Mar 2018 – Stoke, Sugar Mill
Friday 30 Mar 2018 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Saturday 31 Mar 2018 – Stockton On Tees, Stockton Calling
Sunday 1 Apr 2018 – Hull, The Welly
Wednesday 2 May 2018 – Bristol, The Thekla
Thursday 3 May 2018 – Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 4 May 2018 – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 5 May 2018 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Sunday 6 May 2018 – Birmingham, Institute 3
Tuesday 8 May 2018 – Leeds, Church Leeds
Wednesday 9 May 2018 – Manchester, Gorilla
Thursday 10 May 2018 – Glasgow, The Garage
Friday 11 May 2018 – Belfast, Limelight 2
Saturday 12 May 2018 – Dublin, Academy
Sunday 13 May 2018 – Sheffield, 02 Academy 2