As we saw with “Dumb Luck,” We Are Scientists have been playing around with genre-movie conventions in their clips of late. Whereas that one was influenced by their affinity for gory horror movies, their latest, “Make It Easy,” transports the New York City duo to space for a throwback sci-fi battle.
We’re just glad that We Are Scientists seemed to have saved most of their cash for the production of their recent TV En Français record, because this is one seriously low-budget space adventure. It’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek janky, of course, which makes it all the more fun to watch as Keith Murray and Chris Cain go karate-chopping, hammering, spearing, and, yes, even loving aliens.
The guys, who just completed a lengthy U.S. tour and will appear on the “Late Show With David Letterman” on May 20, say the video’s themes are very much in line with that of the celestial, punk-guitar anthem of a song.
“It’s a love song, but with plenty of ambivalence and frustration lurking around the edges,” Murray explained. “We figured a good way to illustrate that would be to use that old trope of a guy who gets involved with an alien woman on a foreign world after slaying all her friends. The seeds of disaster are planted right at the beginning for this young couple!”
Captain Kirk would be jealous. She’s a total babe, minus, you know, the whole horrifying alien head and cauldron of mysterious, bubbling potions thing.
And yet, love transcends all. “It’s a video about misunderstanding, conflict, and the fact that beauty can’t be defined using limited cultural signifiers,” Cain assured us. “It is also, of course, the sort of martial-arts spectacular not seen since Bruce Lee’s heyday.”
Check it out below.