We’ve missed so much, lost so much, over the COVID era that it’s great to see some acts return to what they do best. New York’s We Are Scientists have been rocking for many years now, mixing their alt-sounds with emotional and even disco-dance elements. New album Huffy has some of their catchiest material to-date (if off one off-putting curveball).
Thanks to their great videos, and the long COVID hiatus, We Are Scientists have already released a number of singles from Huffy, and pieces like the big call “Contact High” (QRO review), funkier “Handshake Agreement” (QRO review), hook-laden “I Cut My Own Hair”, and disco-rock “Fault Lines” are still great, if familiar. But WAS know what they do, and they do it well.
There is an exception with the random “Bought Myself a Grave”, which starts off as an odd-but-fine wry country kiss-off, not what the band does best, but okay – then morphs into an inexplicable techno-industrial remix of the same song. Perhaps better left for the deluxe edition, or even cutting room floor.
But that detour aside, Huffy is the wonderful return of a wonderful band.