According to We Are Scientists' website—which is as humorous as it is informative—the band formed in a dorm room at Pomona College in Claremont, California, while main band members Keith Murray and Chris Cain watched Dawson's Creek together. Whether this factoid is actually true is a moot point, because this (potentially) creative nonfiction captures the random, nerdy, and playful essence of the group. After several years of playing free college shows and self-releasing several EPs and LPs, they relocated to Brooklyn and landed a contract with Virgin Records. Since then they have released two full-length records: With Love and Squalor and Brain Trust Mastery. Originally a trio, drummer Michael Trapper left after the first full-release. Their sound is often tagged as indie rock, with catchy guitar riffs and nervous, white-guy vocals on moderate hits including "The Great Escape" and "Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt." Their videos are highly YouTube-able; one clip features the band running from a man in a bear suit, the other features a day-in-the-life of the group, following them as they shower together, urinate as a trio, and go on a date as if they are joined at the hip. Their site, www.wearescientists.com, also features an advice column and reviews of signage they have photographed while touring. Brooklyn's the Oxford Collapse and Minneapolis's Greycoats also perform. 18+.
Thu., Aug. 7, 8 p.m., 2008