Following on from the international success that was ’Goran Ivanisevic‘, Glasgow four-piece science punks We Are The Physics offer a further taste of what to expect from their forthcoming second album with a brand new single.
Clocking in at a touch under three minutes, ’Applied Robotics’ shows off the quartet at their blistering best, as frenetic and fast-paced as their phenomenal live show, as infectious and immediate as any rock single this year.
Vocalist Michael M tells us more.
“We’ve had ‘Applied Robotics’ as a live staple for a while and generally stop to take photos of each other in the middle of the song as a future indicator of the very moment we get bored of playing it. It’s fairly indicative of the general theme of our new record which is the democratisation of high technology and how it becomes an almost invisible and underwhelming extension of our bodies. We thought maybe we no longer appreciate how powerful the technology we take for granted is and we wondered at which point we’ll merge with it completely like robo-folks. It could’ve already happened if you regard even wearing glasses or contact lenses as high technology, which it certainly was at one point. Also, we just liked shouting ‘robotics’ so everything we just said is retro-fitting justification. It’s more about shouting.”
‘Goran Ivanisevic‘ received a great reception both online and off, the band featuring in Q, the Guardian, and the Telegraph websites alongside many more, the track played on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio in addition to various podcasts and regional stations, and also saw the foursome featured across various Croatian media – including on TV channels and in the country’s largest tabloid.
We Are The Physics are additionally set to hit the big screen, as they are have been filming scenes for ‘God Help The Girl’, the musical feature film written and directed by Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, starring as band ‘Wobbly Legged Rat’.
They are currently booking live dates nationwide, with the following confirmed so far:
19 Glasgow Mono w/ Bis
22 Edinburgh Electric Circus w/ Churches
How good at music are Glasgow’s WE ARE THE PHYSICS?
Pure, dead good! That’s how good! Don’t listen to their pish about being ‘OK.’ They’re brilliant, right?!
However, when they say they’re proper rubbish at tennis, then I’d be inclined to agree. Which makes the title of their new single all the more surprising. ‘Goran Ivanisevic,’ is the first track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming second album which is due for release later this year.
Yeah – that Goran Ivanisevic. The tall Croatian tennis player who won Wimbledon back in 2001, despite only qualifying for the tournament as a ‘wild card’ entry.
Vocalist Michael M explains: “We know zero about tennis, but Goran has always been one of our heroes just because of the sheer determination he had, having lost the title several times and the fact he claimed at every match he was playing against five different opponents, one of which was himself. And also the ball boys. After losing a title he said he was going to kill himself, then after beating Tim Henman he claimed he was genius. Just that furious drive and refusal to quit in the face of worldwide sneering, we’ve always thought was equally admirable and terrifying”.
There’s no point in even attempting to comment on what / how or why WE ARE THE PHYSICS are inspired in such fashion. They just are.
And I for one am so happy to have them back. We’ve missed you guys!
(‘Goran Ivanisevic’ is available as free download for a limited period of time from the band’s Soundcloud entry.)