10 Questions with Keith Murray

I got a chance to talk to Keith Murray, lead singer and guitarist for We Are Scientists last night while he personally manned the band’s merch table. Armed with a list of ten questions solicited from my fellow concert goers, I took this opportunity to learn a little more about him and the band. The interview was enlightening to say the least. Here’s what I found out:

1. What do you do besides play music?

A lot of drinking, you could say it’s my second profession.

2. What’s your favorite place to go?

Well, the favorite place I’ve been to is Tulum, Mexico. I drank Corona on the beach for five days. However, since I’ve only been there once, I’m not sure that really answers the question. My favorite place to go is Main Drag Music in Brooklyn. It’s a music store located across the street from my apartment, I probably go there daily when I’m at home.

3. Simon or Garfunkel?

I’d have to say Simon because of Peace Like a River. Also, when Garfunkel was obviously using auto-tune at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary, I lost a lot of respect for him.

4. Favorite cookie?

Traditionally I’m a chocolate chip guy. However, recently my friend gave me some of a peanut butter one he had, and it shook up my world. I’m not even sure where I stand anymore.

5. What’s the longest you’ve gone without showering?

That’s an unquantifiable amount of time. I’ve gone at least 2 weeks while on tour.

6. Where did the cats come from on the cover of With Love and Squalor?

They were born under the bed in our old drummer’s apartment. There was this cat, definitely a stray, that lived nearby, and it was really friendly. As winter came we were worried it would die, so we looked for someone to take care of it. We asked everyone we knew and no one wanted it, so we ended up taking it in ourselves. Turns out she was pregnant and had all the kittens. They made the apartment disgusting for two months, and before we gave them away we took a bunch of pictures with them. We ended up using them on the cover of the album.

7. What is your best song?

That’s hard. I’d have to say it’s one that’s right now called “Foreign Kicks”. It’s going to be on our new album Barbra. The words “Foreign Kicks” don’t appear anywhere in the lyrics of the song though, so the title may change.

8. If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?

I’d probably be a Stegosaurus. I suspect they were fairly lethargic, but they would get really aggressive when provoked and lash out. I feel I’m similar.

9. If you really were a scientist, what kind would you be?

I would be a Paleontologist, since I obviously already know so much about it.

10. We are ______?


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Nick Johnson

Nick is a junior majoring in IST (the Internet) and CAS (saying things). He hopes to one day get paid to do this, but for now he is willing to do it for the fame. Besides writing for Onward State, he also puts things on the Internet here.


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