The Bowery Ballroom
Ash

Ash

We Are Scientists, Reputante

Tue, November 20, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

Ash
Ash
What do you do when you've won? At the end of 2002, Ash faced that exact dilemma. After kung-fu fighting their way to the top with '1977' briefly losing the plot with 'Nu-Clear Sounds' and staging a heroic pop fightback with 'Free All Angels', they found themselves as champions of the world.

"The whole climate that 'Free All Angels' was made in was so poppy, it was almost like you had to compete with a lot of manufactured stuff," says Tim Wheeler. Compete they did, to the tune of a number one album and five massive hit singles. They had proved themselves as the most durable band of their generation, achieving longevity that most bands can only dream of, while losing none of their youthful flair. Still, it was time to move on. As Tim points out, "our heads were in a total different space when it came to this record."

Specifically, that place was America, where they spent a further year touring 'Free All Angels'. There, travelling across the rock heartland, it became abundantly clear which signpost Ash would follow on the next stage of their journey. "I think being in America really influenced this record, going to a place where rock music is really alive. It was going back to our roots in a way, we wanted to make a real guitar-based album." To set about doing it, Tim, Mark, Rick and Charlotte realised a long-standing dream of making an album in California. "I always think American records sound better sonically," laughs Tim. "They always seem to have better engineering, better studios, so we wanted to check it out first hand."

Decamping to Los Angeles and hooking up with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, System Of A Down) they set about realising their dream. Out there, the band found a new democracy, led less by Tim's hook-laden songwriting alone, but with all four members punching with equal weight. We were playing a lot better as musicians, says Tim. Rick's drumming was a big influence on the record, he's turned into a drumming monster! I think we had a real confidence to try something new with this record.

The album that emerged isn't called 'Meltdown' for nothing. It takes all the pop thrills, kinetic melodies, slamdunking riffs that made the world love Ash, then douses them in petrol and drops in a match. After the fireworks, out come 11 white-hot slabs of pure rock power. From the butane rush of forthcoming single 'Orpheus' to the skyscraping peaks of 'Evil Eye' and the fierce-yet-beautiful love 'Starcrossed' this is Ash at their melodic best with a ton of new engines strapped on for extra power. Like a rocket pack fuelled by plutonium. Or, you might say, exactly the kind of music that four youthful twentysomething rock fans should be making after a decade in action.
We Are Scientists
We Are Scientists
We Are Scientists is an American indie rock band featuring Keith Murray (guitar and lead vocals), Chris Cain (bass guitar and backing vocals), Max Hart (keys and guitar) and Andy Burrows (drums). Co-founder Michael Tapper (drums and backing vocals) left the band in 2007 and is currently a member of the bands Bishop Allen and Fool’s Gold. They formed in 2000 in Claremont, California, United States.

Their name was inspired by an awkward conversation with a U-Haul employee who was inspecting a van that the band had rented. The U-haul employee, attempting to make polite conversation, asked the three bespectacled band members if they were brothers. They said no. He asked if they were scientists, as they looked like they could be the kind of people who wear lab coats. They told him that they were musicians, not scientists. To this day, they regret telling the truth. They are not named after the Cap’n Jazz song which bears the name.

The band formed while its members attended the Claremont Colleges. Murray and Cain attended Pomona College; Michael Tapper attended Harvey Mudd College.

The band has released three self-made EPs (Bitching!, Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) and In Action). Their debut LP, With Love and Squalor was on Virgin Records, the first three singles of which were “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”, “The Great Escape” and “It’s A Hit”. The album takes its name from the J.D. Salinger short story “For Esme - With Love and Squalor”. They have since released LP Crap Attack, which is a collection of B-Sides, covers and other rarities, and their full follow-up album, Brain Thrust Mastery which debuted in the UK on March 17,2008 reached number 11 at the UK Album charts.

On the 1st November 2007, NME reported that Michael Tapper has left We Are Scientists under amicable circumstances, and on September 18, 2007, the band announced on their website that Max Hart, a keyboardist and guitarist who has played live with them before, has joined the band temporarily. As they put it: “There’s no easy answer as to how long Max will stick around. Maybe we’ll grow to hate his sanctimonious ways, which for now tickle us so. Maybe he’ll grow to hate our open-minded, funny, refreshing, handsome ways, thus achieving what psychologists and bookies long ago labeled impossible.”
Reputante
Reputante
Reputante is a band from NYC with James Levy, Jimmy Giannopoulos, Raviv Ullman and Emiliano Ortiz. Tim Wheeler (Ash) produced their debut EP, which will be released by Julian Casablancas' label, Cult Records.

"Reputante managed with Lock Me Up to sustain a beautiful packaged emotional song that sound like a lost gem of an already classic name! Beautiful and unexpectedly pleasant by its all means!!!" -- Sound Injections

"We're really starting to believe that post-punk inspired music is about to take over from all this hazy dreampop as the indie/alternative sound of choice very soon. The groundswell is palpable. New York band Reputante could well be key players. They've just signed to Cult Records and are offering you an excellent introductory track called 'Lock Me Up'" -- Sound of Confusion
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/