‘Courage’ – basically The Walkmen doing the ‘Everybody Hurts’ guitar scales – and the passably blustery ‘Make It Easy’ get closest to causing ear twitches, but rather more evident than such flashes of musical character is the feeling that if it wasn’t for the goodwill generated by their mildly amusing screen turns, the We Are Scientists experiment might have been over some time ago.
TV en Français feels as if it's about six years too late. Remember Nine Black Alps from the mid-noughties? Return the Favour and Slow Down are reminiscent of that Manchester band's sound – all scuzzy guitars over strictly pop-structured songs. It's solid but predictable; Courage – short, sweet and peppered with crashing cymbals – stands out. Keith Murray and Chris Cain's vocal harmonies are still as tight as ever, flowing atop Sprinkles and Take An Arrow, but musically they sound in danger of stalling.
23.03.2014 Knust (Hamburg)
24.03.2014 Lido (Berlin)
27.03.2014 Ampere (München)
30.03.2014 Luxor (Köln)