We Are Scientists have had to cancel a number of forthcoming UK tour dates because of singer Keith Murray’s current vocal issues.
The frontman has been advised by doctors to limit the number of shows the band plays in order to reduce the strain on his throat. Gigs in Bristol, Portsmouth, Manchester and Glasgow have been cancelled. A list of shows that will be taking place can be found below.
In a statement, the band said: “We’re saddened and annoyed and pissed off and, to be honest, a little embarrassed to announce that we have to cancel a few of our upcoming shows. In recent weeks, during recording sessions that have mostly been thrilling and optimism-inducing, we’ve learned that Keith — our fearless, warm-hearted, iron-lunged frontman — is suffering from singing-throat issues that, while totally curable and not long-term-scary, have put some temporary restrictions on the use of his voice.”
They added: “So we’ve made the decision to cancel four of our shows. The hardest part about this process was in *not* simply choosing to cancel the four places we disliked the most, or the four places where we’d had the nastiest taxi drivers, or the four places where we’d accidentally ordered something we hated at a restaurant because pride kept us from asking the others at our table if anyone knew what “ris d’agneau” stood for. Instead we had to choose four places we love — Bristol, Portsmouth, Manchester, Glasgow; some of our favourite spots in the United Kingdom…”
“We’ve made the choice, in the end, based on giving Keith’s throat consistent breaks, and in order to make sure that the honourable people we cancel on can get a refund for their ticket — something that would be out of our hands with festivals. To those of you who bought tickets to the Bristol, Portsmouth, Manchester and Glasgow shows, we offer a sincere apology, and a sincere promise to make it up to you.”
We Are Scientists now play:
Gloucester Park:Live (July 21)
Sheffield Tramlines (22)
London The Garage (25)
York Duchess (27)
Cumbria Kendal Calling (29)
Norwich Arts Centre (30)
Scotland Belladrum (August 3)
Stockton Weekender (4)
Derbyshire Y Not Festival (5)