We Are the Physics
|We Are the Physics|
We Are the Physics performing at London's Garage.
|Genres||Rock, punk rock, post-punk revival, indie rock|
2005 - 20132015 (Anniversary Finale)
|Labels||This Is Fake DIY Records|
|Past members||Michael M
We Are the Physics hailed from Glasgow, Scotland, and were founded in 2005. Originally known as We Are the Physics Club And Therefore Everything We Say Is Fact, the quartet claim inspiration from bands such as Devo, The Skids, Polysics, Buddy Holly and Ex Models, and described their sound as "mutant science punk rock" (described by them as "...a way to make fairly derivative sound more interesting"). They have played gigs with Art Brut, Polysics, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Desaparecidos (band) and Thirty Seconds to Mars and have appeared on Marc Riley's Brain Surgery on BBC 6 Music. In a concert review, the BBC said of vocalist Michael M: "he doesn’t actually sing so much as run around like one of those aliens from Mars Attacks".
In April 2008, We Are the Physics' video for their single "You Can Do Athletics, btw" (directed by Colin Kennedy) was released, featuring the band as patients in a 1960s style hospital being 'upgraded' by singer Michael M, dressed as a doctor, in order to destroy a 50-ft woman attacking Glasgow. The single was awarded 'Single of the Week' by Drowned in Sound in April 2008. This single preceded the band's debut album, We Are the Physics Are OK at Music, released through This Is Fake DIY Records in May 2008. A headlining tour commenced to promote it. The album was generally well received. The Independent's Simon Price described the album: "The majority of tracks on their debut album sound like the Dead Kennedys' "California Uber Alles" and Soft Cell's "Memorabilia" blended in a cement mixer: an unholy chaos of screeches and bleeps, clangs and shouts", while The Mirror described the album as "short, sharp and to-the-jugular". Drowned in Sound were less complementary, describing the album as "an entirely one-dimensional debut that will either become a favourite of attention-deficit sorts everywhere or be consigned to whatever shores all those unsold Ikara Colt and KaitO LPs washed up on".
In an interview at the T in the Park festival in 2008, the band said that they were already bored with the songs on their debut album, and were writing songs for their second album. The band have since been in the studio recording new tracks for their second album, some of which have already made their live debut.
In 2013 they announced indefinite hiatus via social media. They have split up.
- Less Than Three (2006) One
- Fear of Words / This Is Vanity (2007) One
- You Can Do Athletics, btw (2008) This is Fake DIY
- True, Chris "We Are the Physics Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
- "My Device / We Are the Physics / Fake Fang / The Hicks Milligan Prophecy @ Pins and Needles club night @ Bloomsbury Bowling 28/4/07", Disorder
- Lim, Claire (2008) "Hinterview with… We Are the Physics!! ", Hinterland
- McDermott, Christina "We Are the Physics at Night and Day", BBC
- Diver, Mike "Singles Round-up (21/04/08)", Drowned in Sound
- Price, Simon "Album: We Are the Physics, We Are the Physics are OK at Music (DIY)", The Independent, 4 May 2008
- "Review: We Are the Physics - We Are the Physics Are OK At Music", The Mirror, 18 April 2008
- Diver, Mike (2008) "We Are the Physics: We Are the Physics Are OK At Music", Drowned in Sound
- "We are Physics talk catering and cake", STV
- WATP - Official website/
- Record labels website
- Kane, Jon (2008) "Interview: We Are the Physics", NME
- McKinley, Fiona (2008) "We Are the Physics - We Are the Physics Are OK At Music (This Is Fake DIY)", MusicOMH