Fire Note Says: We Are The Physics turns up the speed and volume on Your Friend, The Atom.
Album Review: We Are The Physics are a four-piece outfit from Glasgow, Scotland. Your Friend, The Atom is their second full-length release, following up to 2008’s We Are The Physics Are OK at Music. If it’s not evident in the title of both releases and their songs, We Are The Physics have a sense of humor that pervades their music. The band is known in the UK for their frenetic live performances with a B movie vibe to them. This is how they describe themselves, so imagine that as you will.
New-wave punk is an appropriate descriptor for Your Friend, The Atom. Each song comes at you full throttle and doesn’t let you off the hook until it fades into black. When the track works, such as the Franz Ferdinand-esque “Napoleon Loves Josephine,” the results are great. That track has a great groove to it and had me bobbing my head in time to the propulsive drumbeat. On other tracks, like “Applied Robotics,” the results are more mixed; in fact, I was relieved when the track ended. One fault of the album is the sameness in the intensity and volume of the songs. This was one reason I enjoyed “There Is No Cure For The Common Cold So Don’t Expect A Cure For Cancer” because it did change the pace a bit. I also love the song title. The same can be said for “Goran Ivanisevic,” who was a pro tennis player who excelled at Wimbledon in the 1990s and finally won the tournament in 2001. I hadn’t thought of good ol’ Goran for a long time, and he has a name that can occupy an entire chorus of a song. This is no small feat and We Are The Physics pulled it off; it seems as though they know they’re getting away with something ridiculous as the song plays out. These three tracks are standouts on the album; the remaining tracklist honestly runs together into an indistinguishable entity. We Are The Physics make no apologies or concessions for this and I don’t think that their fans mind.
Your Friend, The Atom is an album to play loud and move to – it’s definitely not background music at a wine tasting. As always, there can be too much of a good thing. Taken in small doses I found the album to be quite enjoyable – in its entirety, not so much. The commitment and humor that We Are The Physics demonstrate is admirable and they have carved out a niche that is all their own.
Key Tracks: “Napoleon Loves Josephine,” “Goran Ivanisevic,” “There Is No Cure For The Common Cold So Don’t Expect A Cure For Cancer”
Artists With Similar Fire: The Hives / Devo / Franz Ferdinand
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-Reviewed by Matthew Heiner