The only problem is the LP is replete with mid-paced majesty, when a bit more rocking out would have sufficed. Granted, the moth-eaten edges of With Love and Squalor now represent a bygone era, but the likes of ‘Hold On’ and ‘Waiting For You’ are too sedate and serene to provoke anything but an admirable shrug.
When they do turn up the amps, it’s all the more refreshing – the reverb-drenched urgency of ‘Classic Love’ is a quick blast of forlorn post-punk, while lead single and opener ‘Buckle’, with its stomping chorus and frenetic guitar solo, could have been on the band’s no-frills, all-killer album Barbara.
With most bands from the ‘Class of 2005’ now working in marketing, we should be thankful we have WAS at all, and while Helter Seltzer may not be an all-out rollercoaster, it’s certainly a decent ride.
There is a bit more of an electro-pop vibe in Helter Seltzer, especially in songs such as ‘Too Late’. The songs also feature plenty of effect on Murray’s voice, which suits the album well but is maybe redundant. Combining this with a smash of electronic drums and 80’s keyboard chords marries the sounds together well.
‘In My Head’ and ‘Headlights’ bring the album back to the original sounds of the band, more hasty and wild than other songs off Helter Seltzer.
Despite it being quite far removed from their classic style, Helter Seltzer is still an indie classic unlike any other albums out there. There is no doubt that many of the songs off the album will sound amazing live, with strong guitar and drums. With a big UK and USA tour coming up, it’ll probably be worth going to see We Are Scientists to catch the full experience.
We Are Scientists in Deutschland:
03.06.16 Berlin, Privatclub
04./05.06.16 Rock am Rind/Rock im Park
14.06.16 Hamburg, Hafenklang