Video Archive: We Are Scientists – Musical Postcard

Finally. I get round to uploading the first item from the archives of the work I did in music publishing. The Musical Postcards series was born from the idea of wanting to do a very stripped back performance podcast; bands performing acoustically in a public-ish space, no microphones for pro-audio production, no multi-takes for multiple angles, just a performance as nature intended you to hear it.

I pitched it to Mark – my collaborator in crime up in Glasgow – and made a demo with the forever incredible Sky Larkin. Clash joined in and gladly gave the publishing platform. It’s been a few years since these all went up and presuming them lost somewhere in the archives on other sites, I’m now bringing them to the fore and placing them on my site for the first time. There are some gems to come.

First up is one of my favourite performances / interviews in my years in this field. I met up with We Are Scientists in the East London hotel they were staying at. I knew going in there was no point in trying to have a serious q&a with these chaps. So with a few things to ask planned on letting them ride and have fun with the interview. The songs performed were “After Hours”, “Lethal Enforcer” and “Impatience”. I love this video both for the humour and the sound of the music in this stunning echoey hotel atrium. Listen carefully you’ll hear me singing along to a bit near the start – does that mean I’m in the band?! – and sitting behind the camera failing to not crack up with laughter.