We Are Scientists

Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists are not scientists, even though they play the part of the geeky, lab-coat type; their complete lack of self-importance, in fact, makes their dance-punk rise above what their loftier peers churn out. Compare them to the Bravery or the Killers if you want -- everyone else does -- but they're more rock and a far cry more Brit, which might explain why they're selling out show after show across the pond. These court jesters (their first video, for "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt," has them being chased by a bear) are among the few who've figured out how to make new wave feel completely new again.
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Cole Haddon