We Are Scientists | Future Yard

Crosstown Promotions present

We’re delighted to be playing host to We Are Scientists on 26th July, as the New York rock duo return to the UK. WAS debuted in the early aughts with the angular post-punk edge of With Love And Squalor, later evolving to incorporate polished synths and expanded atmospherics on efforts like 2016’s Helter Seltzer, 2018’s Megaplex, and 2021’s Huffy. Although modestly popular in America, they were a hit in the UK, where the group’s sound — part post-punk revival and part indie rock with a touch of 80s synth pop — drew parallels to contemporaries like Editors, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and The Killers.
This show is now sold-out.

Formed on the West Coast by three California-based college students, We Are Scientists officially took flight after frontman Keith Murray, bass player Chris Cain, and drummer Michael Tapper (who replaced founding drummer/vocalist Scott Lamb) relocated to Brooklyn and began building a small but devoted following. After releasing three EPs and one independent album — Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) — the group signed with Virgin Records and released their major-label debut, With Love And Squalor, in early 2006. The effort peaked at ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and eventually was certified gold in the UK.

In late 2012, the band entered the studio in New York with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead) to record sessions for their fourth record. Burrows relocated to the city from England while he worked with Murray and Cain to write and record tracks for the album. Titled TV En Français, it arrived in early 2014 on 100%/Dine Alone Records and featured appearances by Rose Elinor Dougall (Mark Ronson) and Tim Wheeler (Ash).

In 2016, We Are Scientists returned with their fifth studio album, Helter Seltzer, produced by Max Hart (of Katy Perry’s band). The effort charted in the Top 50 of the UK and Scottish charts. Two years later, they delivered their sixth effort, the polished Megaplex, also produced by Hart. Following the 2020 launch of their own Dumpster Dive podcast, the group returned with the full-length Huffy in 2021.


We Are Scientists

Crosstown Promotions present
We Are Scientists
+ support TBA
Wednesday 26th July 2023
7.15pm doors
£20 advance (standing) – SOLD-OUT
14+ (under-16s must be accompanied by an adult)
75 Argyle Street

Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm. Kitchen open til 9pm.
If you have any specific access requests, please read all of the details about accessibility at Future Yard here. This is a standing show. We are able to provide a small number of stools if you contact us in advance.