We Are Scientists make their long-awaited return to UK shores before the end of this year, announcing a full UK tour today – including 13 nights that finish up at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 9th December.
Following on from their biggest headline show in a decade at a sold out Roundhouse in Camden Town in 2019, the iconic New York band are flying high in the wake of their “50th anniversary” celebrations for debut album With Love and Squalor.
Not returning empty handed, We Are Scientists have recently announced their first new album in over 3 years, Huffy, set to drop on 8th October via 100% Records.
Today, the video for Huffy’s potent lead single ‘Contact High’ is also revealed, seeing Keith Murray and Chris Cain play the part of jet ski couriers in Miami, Florida.
Keith Murray explains why the making of this music video was a relatively enjoyable experience for once… “Making videos is generally the worst. We’ve had to spend hours stripped to our shorts in a makeshift boxing ring in the dead of winter [It’s A Hit], or up at the top of an Irish mountain in the dead of winter [Chick Lit], or covered in fake blood in an unheated Brooklyn warehouse in the dead of winter [Dumb Luck]. So we decided to become masters of our own fates with this one, and indulge in some nice summer activities.
Making it sound more like a travel brochure for the sunshine state than anything else, Keith continues… “We took a leisurely bike ride around some of Miami’s fancier neighborhoods. We sped around Biscayne Bay on jet skis. We waded through the lapping surf on South Beach. Yes, because it was for a music video, we knew we had an artistic duty to make it as unpleasant as possible, and so we decided that we needed to be clad in long trousers and wool blazers, the whole time. Still, even a stifling blazer can’t take the thrill out of a jet ski ride.
But naturally it still came with its fair share of challenges, Keith adds… “The most difficult part of making the Contact High video was finding takes where we weren’t both grinning like idiots, with sheer delight. Our fans shouldn’t be surprised if all of our videos from here on out are just thinly-veiled excuses for us to be on jet skis, frankly.”
With this first taste of the new album, there’s already a feverish sense of excited anticipation from the fans and press alike. And ready to match it, We Are Scientists ensure they’ll leave no stone unturned on The Come on Get Huffy Tour, delighting their loyal followers in every corner of the UK with dates at legendary venues like Sheffield’s Leadmill, Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, Whelan’s Dublin and Concorde 2 in Brighton to name a few, before delving into a 12 date run across Europe during April 2022.
Fans are also treated to a uniquely special album bundle, featuring a choice of 10 different coloured vinyls, sticker packs and more.
A limited pre-sale for the UK and European tour will be available from Wednesday 7th July @ 9am BST, before going on general sale at 9am on Friday 9th July.
10 Aug – Brooklyn Elsewhere Rooftop
24 Nov – Sheffield Leadmill
25 Nov – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
26 Nov – Hull The Social
27 Nov – Manchester Academy 2
29 Nov – Dublin Whelan’s
30 Nov – Belfast Limelight 2
1 Dec – Glasgow St Luke’s
2 Dec – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
4 Dec – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
6 Dec – Birmingham O2 Institute 2
7 Dec – Bristol Trinity
8 Dec – Brighton Concorde 2
9 Dec – London O2 Forum Kentish Town
1 April – FRANCE Paris Le Petit Bain
2 April – NL Maastricht Muziekgieterij
3 April – BELGIUM Antwerp Kavka
5 April – NL Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
6 April – GERMANY Cologne Luxor
7 April – GERMANY Nuremburg Z-Bau
9 April – AUSTRIA Vienna Grelle Forelle
10 April – SLOVAKIA Bratislava Nova Cvernovka
11 April – CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Futurum
12 April – GERMANY Leipzig Werk 2
13 April – GERMANY Berlin Hole44
14 April – GERMANY Hamburg Knust