Coney Island. Nathan’s Famous. The Dodgers.
Through the years, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been the home to some pretty notable things. Chris Cain, one half of the Brooklyn-based rock duo We Are Scientists, recently took time from his band’s tour supporting Brain Thrust Mastery (Virgin/Astralwerks) to talk about his beloved borough.
Best Brooklyn bar: “The Levee, in Williamsburg, has [the] Big Buck Hunter Pro, a pool table and good drink specials — although stay away from the Gatorade margarita: Noble experiments do sometimes fail. There are hotdogs, too, and free licorice.”
Best Brooklyn neighborhood: “Park Slope. Everyone likes Park Slope, is the thing. People can get into whiny, self-promoting debates about most neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but people agree: Park Slope is fun and exciting. Babies like it, children like it, teenagers like it, [college students] like it, hipsters like it, young grown-ups like it, hardened professionals like it, retirees go in for it, and it’s a decent place to get buried.”
Best Brooklyn pizza: “Ana Maria in Williamsburg or Pizza Den in Bensonhurst.”
Brooklyn musician you’re mostly likely to bump into on the street: “Most people have the sense that they’re being followed by Annie Marvin of Au Revoir Simone.”
Next Brooklyn band/musician likely to break big: “Well, they had five minutes of deserved fame a couple of years back, but Ambulance Ltd broke up and have been gone a long time. They’re back now, though, and I think the era of Ambulance is about to begin.”
— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior
We Are Scientists on tour (schedule subject to change):
* Aug. 5: The Music Mill – Indianapolis
* Aug. 6: High Noon Saloon – Madison, Wis.
* Aug. 7: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis
* Aug. 8: The Abbey – Chicago
* Aug. 9: Grog Shop – Cleveland
* Aug. 10: Southgate House – Newport, Ky.
* Aug. 11: Diesel — Pittsburgh