Post-punk and indie rock immediately come to mind after listening to With Love And Squalor. If I didn't know any better, I would've easily assumed that the Brooklyn trio (originally from LA) were British; which is a compliment coming from a Brit pop loving girl like myself. Coincidentally, it was a British BBC1 radio DJ that discovered them at SXSW this year, ensuring the band gained international attention and success by helping to get them signed to Virgin Records.
The album kicks off with the first single, "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt," a high-energy track showcasing nearly perfect guitar riffs, drum beats, bass lines and vocals, making it hard for any listener to sit still. Be warned, this well-crafted album is full of catchy hooks, non-stop energy and is very addictive. You'll know all the words to the album before you know it. It's hard not to remember lines like "The party is all right I might want to stop drinking, what were we talking about, my body won't tell my mind what I have been thinking . . ." found on "Can't Lose." Songs of drinking and five minute love affairs are hard to ignore and easy to relate to.
As expected with every indie rock album, there has to be a standout song about love and disappointment, which We Are Scientists do well with "Textbook," capturing love and angst perfectly through post-punk guitaring. Although the album may not break any ground, it's put together extremely well and is one to add to your must have list for early '06. It's out January 10.