Thursday, August 10, 2006

We Are Scientists @ Zouk KL, 9.8.06

We Are Scientist Live at Zouk KL

Before the gig, I didn't want be to get too excited because there were chances that me and companions couldn't get in. With me were my sisters and the indie duo live down the next road, and we were all underage for the seemingly 21-above & non-muslim event. It was a longer journey than usual to get to the venue as the traffic was terribly jammed. Luckily we took that into account and we left our place early.

Once we reached Zouk, my sister quickly went to the Channel V booth to claim the two pairs of tickets that she won. Actually, we should meet some fellows at the entrance to sell them the tickets we bought in advance and use the tickets that my sister won for entry instead, but they never show up, so those tickets are now pinned up on my wall. The door opened at around 8:30pm, while we were in the line to get in, I saw everyone had their IDs checked, and a few of them were turned down for I suppose being underage. Regardless of that, we gave it a try and let them checked our IDs, amazingly we all were allowed to enter the club. My guess is the bouncers can't do math!

We sat down and were handed a bottle of free beer each for being the first 200 who showed up. First on stage was the local DJ duo Twilight Action Girl playing remixes of some familiar indie tunes. By this time, people were packing the room fast, and it was more than half full. We decided to get down to the dancefloor to get a good spot. We went straight to the left at the front as the center was already taken. Next opening act was
Deserters, a local indie band which is quite a regular in local indie gig scene. It was the first time I hear the band, they were pretty cool, and the crowd seemed to love them. After their set of 5-6 songs, Twilight Action Girl took over the stage once more.



At around 10:30pm, We Are Scientists finally came on stage. The threesome looked much skinnier and taller than I thought they would be. After a brief introduction saying they were from New York, immediately the band launched into "Lousy Reputation". The crowd got hyped up when the band started to play the hit single " Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt", it was no suprise to see some sing-along as it was the only WAS song that has been getting airplay (partly due to this gig) on everyone's favourite radio station that is known for its boring-and repeated playlists. At one point, Keith almost tripped over his guitar cable while doing his signature dance move.


Close-up Keith



I was standing right in front of lead vocalist/guitarist Keith Murray, and I dare say he is the most energetic and charismatic frontman I've ever seen. Together with drummer Michael Tapper and bassist Chris Cain, the band had presented superb stage presence. Other than their signature loud, bass-heavy tunes, We Are Scientists are famous for their sense of humour. The inter-song witty banter was hilarous. Keith mentioned having KFC grease on his mouth, so I could vaguely tell that the band's had KFC for dinner. At some points, Keith and Chris were literally mocking each other, more often Chris being the object of jokes. Michael, on the other hand, didn't speak a word throughout the night. People got excited when he took a camera out of nowhere and snapped a picture of the audience.

Witty Banter

Under The Spotlight

The Threesome

Keith & Michael

I noticed some words on Chris's bass guitar and I have been wondering what they say. During an inter-song interval, Chris proudly raised his bass in the air, and cleared my doubt saying those word "Chris Sucks" were signed by Kim Deal from The Pixies whom they played with two weeks ago. Later on, they played a new material titled "Best Behaviour". I found it was quite similar to their old tracks, wish I could hear it again to get the hook.

Signed Bass

Rock On

Keith & Michael

Shout It Out

The highlight of the gig would be "Be My Baby" when Keith climbed onto the huge amplifier and then jumped into the crowd. The crowd went crazy and started grabbing, touching, hugging, and even kissing him. The situation sort of went out of control until a crew came to pull him back on the stage. The climatic "The Great Escape" closed the show with a high. No encore.

Close-up Keith

High Above

As anticipated, the band did not dissappoint with a few exceptional technical glitches particularly with Keith's pedal and amplifier. However, it kinda struck me that the crowd looked rather constrained, there was very little movement, no jumping or pushing except for the very last two songs. The majority of the audience seemed to be not very familiar with We Are Scientists's tunes, other than a few hit singles. They responded mildly to the lesser-known tracks from With Love & Squalor, let alone the b-sides played. Well, what bothered me the most would be the groupie-wannabes at the far left of the stage. They were yelling and dancing like whores throughout the whole show, the audience was somehow distracted by them at certain points.


Don't you just love his hair?

Was hoping them to play this,
We Are Scientists - Hoppípolla (Sigur Rós Cover)

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Anonymous bianca said...

Your pictures are amazing! I am so jealous!!!! I think we were standing near each other. Coooool. okay i've corrected my link, sorry.

4:33 AM  
Blogger cyber-red said...

very nice pix =)

9:43 AM  
Blogger momok said...

SHIT! i wish they came to singapore.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Vamps_Maxwell said...

niftay! never heard them before, but i like it! their music is pretty freakin' sweet. I like your pictures, come see mine at
can't wait to see you.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous siti said...

sweeeeet. you got freaking awesome coverage skills! :D hopefully i'll get to see you round next time, at some other gig in town...

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, what bothered me the most would be the groupie-wannabes at the far left of the stage. They were yelling and dancing like whores throughout the whole show, the audience was somehow distracted by them at certain points."

LOL what do you expect at a show like this? looks to me like you've never been to a concert or a gig ever, have you? tsk tsk.

5:49 PM  
Blogger yoongbing said...

Of course I've beeen to some gigs/concerts. There were whole lot better crowd than those on Wednesday night. I've definitely seen some crazy fans at other venues, those people were enjoying the music, instead of getting to be seen or labelled as bona fide hipsters.
As far as I am concerned, We Are Scientists is a rock band, you don't do 'britney-whore-like' dancing to rock music, rockers do head-banging!

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw thank you for the song! been looking around for it.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous JTT said...

Great pics and review! Thanks for sharing those.

I thought Keith was a veggie so maybe he got kissed by someone who had KFC for dinner.

5:10 AM  
Blogger yoongbing said...

You're probably right. Keith was in the PETA world's sexy vegetarian list.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As far as I am concerned, We Are Scientists is a rock band, you don't do 'britney-whore-like' dancing to rock music, rockers do head-banging!"

I didn't spot 'britney whore like dancing' though, but I wouldn't say We Are Scientist is entirely a rock outfit. I mean, their tracks aren't exactly headbanging stuff, so dancing to their tunes is something permissible i would say; they're catchy and makes you want to tap your feet kinda. i mean, they're not Metallica are they, then if the above happens (britney moves) would be definitely dumb. So I don't see what's wrong with dancing to WAS. Go to The Loft (Zouk) on Friday nights for TAG and you'll see lots of dancing to rock music.


4:21 PM  
Blogger yoongbing said...

I think you have just agreed with me at one point that Britney moves are dumb. You should read carefully, I didn't say there's anything wrong moving your body and tapping feet, but over-the-top slutty dancing seems inappropriate. Gig and a usual clubbing night are altogether two different things. You didn't spot these people, doens't mean there wasn't any. Looks to me you were one of them.

Enjoy arguing :)

5:44 PM  
Blogger ~z said...

thanks for da pix..i've posted on the gig! come see!

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Ci* said...

heyyyyyyy! remember me?
no? that's what i thought :)
the photos are really amazing!!
i liked this band!


10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've seen more "yelling and dancing like whores" at gigs mind you.

looks to you i was one of them? i was wasn't even anywhere close to the stage darlin'.


11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. and yeah perhaps i might have misinterpreted you on "yelling and dancing like whores" part. perhaps there were "britney moves" but i didn't see any, and i thought you meant it as dancing and moving along to the beat (as opposed to headbanging and moshing), because that was all i saw, before your comments.

11:08 AM  
Blogger yoongbing said...

Since you weren't even close to the stage, since you weren't even one of them, since you didn't see them, why would you bothered backing them up? Next time read carefully before your comment. Just to clear one thing up, I really did see some britney moves. Britney = whores

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half of the crowd that night really annoyed me,esp the groupie-wannabes at the far left of the stage.

- Bimbo Baggins -

3:00 PM  

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