By: Staff –
We Are Scientists return with their first album in three years, HUFFY, and a blistering new single “Contact High.”
The intoxicating, high-octane hit is set to soundtrack a surge of pent-up revelry and romance throughout the summer of 2021, as it ushers in a bold new chapter for the band. Lifted from the new album HUFFY – also announced today for release on October 8, 2021 – the band have revealed the secret ingredients of the lead single’s winning formula.
“Love songs can easily be goofy and embarrassing, and so I sometimes have a hard time writing songs that are unambiguously romantic”, states singer and guitarist Keith Murray, before adding that, “‘Contact High’ really nails that heady rush of full-throttle infatuation for me, though, because it evokes my trifecta of mood-altering stimuli — dizzying romantic interaction, rousing music, and second-hand contact with psychoactive chemicals (in descending order of personal preference).”
Drawing as much from the angular guitar-driven sounds of their debut as it does from the finest in modern rock today, “Contact High” is raising the bar for the decade ahead. Celebrating the song’s potent delivery and unashamed lyrical sentiment, Murray concludes, “it’s just nice to have a song that’s unapologetically sappy, but couched in distorted guitar and metaphors of coincidental intoxication.”
Huffy’s fresh music is accompanied by an oh-so-fresh presentation: multi-paneled vinyl and CD packaging offer a blank wall on which listeners can unfold their own unreasonable vision for the Huffy universe. Each includes sticker sheets with over 20 full color graffiti designed by Keith, Chris, and friends, deployable according to the user’s whim. Tilting reality even further into the hallucinatory gyre, this vinyl comes in a choice of ten colors. (The cassettes will be manufactured in a paltry five colors, but while each has Huffy on Side A, five different Side B’s give hard plastic-enthusiasts something to crow about.)
On Huffy’s mosaic form, the band says, “Usually people bring a vinyl record home, rip it to their iPods, and throw it straight into the fire. Well, not with Huffy. We’re giving our listeners a reason to keep this one around, and even to consider passing it down to future generations, if they’re super-happy with where they put all the stickers.”
Tomorrow, Friday July 2nd at 10am EST, tickets go on sale for their first live show back, performing a special one-off hometown set at Brooklyn Elsewhere Rooftop on August 10, 2021. Tickets will be available here.
With “Contact High” out today and Huffy on the way, We Are Scientists are holding nothing back (besides the album until its strict October 8th release date) and are sure to deliver a welcome shot in the arm for deprived indie disco dancers everywhere.
Huffy is out October 8th via Masterswan Records. Pre-order the album here (LP/CD/Cassette/Digital).
Huffy Track List
1 – You’ve Lost Your Shit
2 – Contact High
3 – Handshake Agreement
4 – I Cut My Own Hair
5 – Just Education
6 – Sentimental Education
7 – Fault Lines
8 – Pandemonium
9 – Bought Myself A Grave
10 – Behavior Unbecoming