We Are Scientists - Live @ Koko 04/05/2016

I had many bands I loved during my University years, and one of them was We Are Scientists! So, catching them at Koko, a venue where I have danced drunkenly to their tracks many times at their club nights seemed like it was almost destiny-bound pairing.

Openers The Alibi play to a slowly filling up room, and I will be honest they were the only support band I've seen that have come on shouting “Let's be having ya!”, tackling the gig as if it was a challenge. Followed by Flowers, who start off a bit slow but slowly win the crowd over with their stripped back beautiful indie sound.

By this point the venue is filled with two things, We Are Scientists fans and beer! Everyone is buzzing in the room to see this band, and with the backing of all the new material from current release 'Helter Seltzer' you cannot be surprised. The guys arrive on stage to a warm welcome from the crowd, filled with cheers and mutual love between them.
We Are Scientists @ Koko
Slamming straight into 'This Scene is Dead' the audience go insane, and what follows is forty-five minutes of an intense set with insanely funny mid-song-banter. The audience react well to live versions of new material but it is the old classics that please the crowd, tracks like 'The Great Escape' and 'Nobody Move....' that get everyone moving.

So, having flash backs of dancing in fancy dress at house parties to their songs, I am loving their new material, it's a lot darker than their original dance-floor guitar vibe, and I look around tonight at this show I believe everyone else feels the same, with old and new fans alike.

Words & Photography of Ant Adams
We are Scientists @ Koko