Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ We Are The Physics

You tell them their music is catchy, they tell you “catchy like plaaaaaague!”. You ask them who Napoleon loves, they yell right at you “Josephine!” And when they’re asked some interview questions, you get one of the most cheeky, hilarious and wonderful interviews you could ever come by!

AMBY: For those who haven’t had the treat of hearing you, how would you describe We Are The Physics’ sound in three words?

WATP: Argh Stop Please!

AMBY: You have recently released your new album Your Friend, The Atom, how has the sound of the band evolved?

WATP: We’re not really sure it has evolved, it’s hard to notice it yourself. You don’t notice your face starting to become gravity-strained until your look at old photos of yourself and see how sprightly your jowls once were. So, maybe if we listened back to our first recordings we’d hear some sort of evolution, or degradation. But, that’d mean we’d have to listen to ourselves, and that’s just torturous for anybody. Essentially, it’s more loud noises, whoops, buzzes, blips, sweeps and creeps, but done with a little more thought. Is that an evolution? It’s more a We Are The Physics v1.5

AMBY: Which three songs off the new record are the must hear tracks?

WATP: Just three? You’d have to listen to the whole thing, otherwise you won’t fully get the feeling of despair you’re owed. Probably Goran Ivanisevic, Napoleon Loves Josephine and Olivia Neutron Bomb and Nbsp. You said three, but we chose to tell you four.

AMBY: There seems to be a cheeky sense of humor to what you do, is this a by product of your personalities?

WATP: I think pretty much everything we do is organic – we’re organically irritating, and naturally dickish, so it’s quite likely because we’re so obnoxious that it comes across in what we do. Honest, we’re nice boys.

AMBY: What can people expect at your live shows?

WATP: The live slaying of another human soul. Also, music and stuff. Generally, we like to treat gigs as events – the worst that can happen is the audience are unresponsive, because we don’t ignore them so why should they ignore us? What’s the point of going to a show if you’re not going to be in the midst of it? You might as well stay home and listen to the record and enjoy the pain that brings. It’s not a crowd participation thing, but we do like to address the audience and make them feel like it’s for them. It’s ridiculous when solemn-faced bands go through the motions playing note-perfect music to a polite applause. Christ, gigs used to be about completely letting go and reveling in live, loud, unpredictable and raw music, now they’re like a grim church sermon where applause is administered at the required times.

AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to you while touring?

WATP: We’re quite boring when we tour, we do our job, then we only indulge in a limit of four crimes before heading to bed. One time on an overnight train from Moscow to St Petersburg, an old drunk guy occupied one of our beds, and someone on board suddenly managed to make him disappear. In a worrying way. No idea where he went. It was just silence. On a lighter note, my favourite thing to do if we ever get hotels is to put on the kettle ’til it boils, then write a threatening message in the condensation of the mirror. So when the next occupant puts the kettle on, they’ll have a terrifying inscription slowly appear before them. One time I just drew the concept of ennui.

AMBY: Napoleon Loves Josephine is a wonderful track, what is the story behind the song?

WATP: Thank you! The song’s about mutual manipulation, and I just sort of crowbarred in the story of Napoleon and Josephine who were both using their relationship for some sort of gain. Josephine wasn’t even called Josephine, Napoleon just decided that was her name. There’s no historical preaching going on there, it’s more an example of sociopaths meeting sociopaths.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

WATP: We Are The Physics Are OK At Music changed our lives because before then we didn’t have a record. Out of other people’s records, there’s Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo by Devo, of course. Before that I had no idea who to rip off. Growing up I was a huge fan of The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers, which is just so stark and bleak and also Weezer’s first album, which is the opposite. Another record that really shaped how I thought about music was Sing To Godby Cardiacs, which is like getting on a carousel going at varying, jarring speeds for an hour.

AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?

WATP: We’d travel through time. Excellent!

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

WATP: Napoleon Loves Josephine by We Are The Physicses.

AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?

WATP: Napoleon Loves Josephine by We Are The Physicses.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about We Are The Physics that nobody knows yet?

WATP: We’re all dead, this conversation has been conducted using artificial emulations of our personalities. To be fair, that wouldn’t be hard to do. Just set the Sigh-o-meter to 100 and let the Obnoxio-tron do the rest.


I am thrilled we discovered this band- for the past five days I find myself randomly singing “NAPOLEON LOVES JOSEPHINE!” around my house. Not only is this track killer, but their whole new album Your Friend, The Atom is full of awesome tunes. For now, take a listen to Napoleon Loves Josephine so you can begin your new musical obsession! Lastly, thanks so much We Are The Physics, for giving me your spectacular answers!


Alicia Atout

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