We Are Scientists have revealed they were offered advice on their new album from Dominic Howard of Muse - but then quickly disregared all suggestions that they make their album heavier.
Speaking to Gigwise, the band explained that their forthcoming fifth LP "is not a heavy album in any way... I mean it has some heavy moments, but we decided that nobody in the Muse camp really seemed to know what worked."
The band then joked (at least we think they were joking) "They're not a terribly successful band, so we disregarded his arty idea about what sells."
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"It was while we were on tour with Muse" explained Keith Murray, the band's lead singer, "so I think he was watching us, and he saw how muscular and potent our live show was, and I think it was just him begging us to give him the heavy We Are Scientists album of his dreams."
We Are Scientists were at Camden Barfly last night performing to just a few hundred competition winners, and were keen to distance themselves from Muse's approach to live shows. "Our live show is pretty much the opposite of theirs. I think we tend to go more personal and interactive on a one-to-one level... which, you know, may be the wrong tactic.
"We're selling one album at a time - they're selling 30,000 albums at a time, with their big old screens and their flame shooting robots." We assume they're referring to Muse's 'Charles The Massive Robot', a 16 foot robot that performs with Muse at their gigs.
We Are Scientists are presenting The Fly Awards tonight, which were created this year by The Fly music magazine to celebrate their 15th anniversary.
Below: exclusive photos of We Are Scientists at Camden Barfly