PICS: We Are Scientists at the Casbah

'Nobody move, nobody get hurt': Indie-rock stalwarts We Are Scientists rocked a packed Casbah on Friday, July 13, with Brooklyn buzz band Beverly in tow.

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We Are Scientists are SoundDiego favorites! They performed at one of our SoundDiego LIVE parties a couple years back at -- you guessed it -- the Casbah. Simply put, it was epic!
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Guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray (left) and bassist Chris Cain (right) met in 1997 right up the freeway at Pomona College in Claremont, California. After graduating, they moved to Berkeley and got the band off the ground.
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Originally, Murray was the drummer in the band. The band's Wikipedia page jokes that he "sang roughly half the songs, not unlike Phil Collins in Genesis." Keithe Carne currently plays drums in the band.
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Murray and Cain moved back to the LA area in late 2000 and recruited Michael Tapper on drums. The next year, they'd move to Brooklyn, NYC and began recording their debut album.
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They've given several reasons as to the origin of their band name, most notably the song "We Are Scientists!" by '90s band Cap'n Jazz.
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They've also said they rented a U-Haul truck and upon returning it, the inspector looked them up and down, assessed their wardrobe and asked if they were scientists.
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The group released their first studio album "Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order)" in April 2002. Their "Bitching!" EP followed in January 2003.
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After the release of two more EPs, the band released their second full-length album "With Love and Squalor" on Oct. 17, 2005 -- which spawned the huge hit single "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt."
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We Are Scientists followed that success with 2008's "Brain Thrust Mastery" and its anthemic first single "After Hours." Four more studio albums have followed since then, with this year's "Megaplex" as their latest.
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Murray has cited the influence of the Rapture and David Bowie on their debut album. Other influences include Brian Eno, Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine, Hall & Oates and Fleetwood Mac.
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The guys are masters of comedy as well with stage banter that'd rival any stand-up comedian. They're the funniest guys in rock & roll!
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According to setlist.fm, the band's July 13 set included: "Your Light Has Changed," "The Great Escape," "Chick Lit," "Buckle," "I Don't Bite," "Now or Never," "It's a Hit," "Too Late"...
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Followed by "This Scene is Dead," "Sprinkles," "One In, One Out," "After Hours," "No Wait at Five Leaves," "Make It Easy," "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt," "Dumb Luck," "Rules Don't Stop" and "Inaction."
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Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Beverly opened the show.
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The group formed in 2013 and currently primarily consists of core members guitarist/vocalist Drew Citron (pictured) and bassist Scott Rosenthal.
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The band was originally a brainchild of Citron and Frankie Rose (of Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts fame). Rose amicably departed the band prior to sessions for their second album.
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The group released their debut full-length, "Careers," in 2014. It was followed by last year's "The Blue Swell."
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What a great show -- we can't wait for We Are Scientists and Beverly to come back!
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