The set begins with the dimming of lights and Lionel Ritchie’s ‘Hello’ booming through the speakers, setting the scene for a characteristically fun and witty gig from Keith and Chris. W.A.S are renowned for being an improvised comedy act whilst simultaneously smashing their classic and new hits. After every few songs the duo produces some unprepared hilarious dialogue; this notorious wit never fails to keep the crowd lively and entertained.
Humour isn’t the only way W.A.S attract the audience throughout their set. Keith appears to love a bit of extra attention from his audience in the form of crowd surfing and Arts Club was no exception. Although it becomes one of those inevitable ‘phones out’ moments, it really revs up the crowd and he never fails to get lifted back on stage. He also manages to sit singing on a lucky fan’s shoulders.
At one moment when the audience lacks energy, drummer Keith Carne stands up to smash his drumsticks a few times, reigniting the atmosphere. His well-sculpted rhythmic support on the new album resonates exceptionally live.
W.A.S opened their phenomenal set with an explosive ‘Impatience,’ – having the crowd bouncing along with them in seconds. First track ‘Buckle’ from the new album produces a similar response; with its crisp guitar lines, tumbling drumbeat and polished chorus it wholly portrays that the band’s excellent song writing skills have not declined. Predictably, the modern classic ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ is met with an enthusiastic and nostalgic response. W.A.S were met with huge chants of the chorus ‘If you want to use my body, go for it, yeah’.
Inevitably, W.A.S return with a three track encore; the crowd is hungry and are not disappointed. Keith builds up his energy as the volume increases – matching that of the audience. His guitar playing is rich and complex, and vibrated next to the amp for maximum feedback. The three-piece smash ‘Cash Cow’ and the well-known ‘After Hours’, finishing on a high with new single ‘Too Late,’ proving the excellence of ‘Heltzer Seltzer.’
Without a doubt, We Are Scientists met the expectations of their raring Liverpool audience. Their insane stage presence gives a slightly differing sound to that of their tracks recorded; an absolute must see live.