The California-formed, New York–based band We Are Scientists may be the most indie-rock outfit of all of indie rock. Between their catchy lyrics, upbeat melodies, underlying fuzzy sound, and nerdy literary references, the band has been primed for success ever since their second album and major label debut, With Love and Squalor, came out in the early millennium, a prime era for the genre. Like contemporaries Arctic Monkeys and Hot Hot Heat, We Are Scientists belong to a time when rock focused almost entirely on making you dance without necessarily being “dance” music. In March, they released TV en Français, a continuation of their efforts to hold down the nerdy dance-rock fort.
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