Following release of their first album in 34 years last year, the legendary Scientists have just announced that they are touring Australia in early 2023.
Formed in Perth in 1978, the punk pop hooks of ‘Frantic Romantic’ and ‘Last Night’ saw them moving to Sydney with a darker, primitive concoction similar to that of The Stooges, Suicide, Cramps, Gun Club, Sonic Youth and The Birthday Party. What followed were a string of swamp rock classics such as ‘Atom Bomb Baby’, ‘Swampland’, ‘We Had Love’ and ‘Human Jukebox’ and a relocation to London before imploding in 1987.
They were innovators of the highest order and far ahead of their time – part of a wave of creativity developing in the petri dish of Perth emerging from a paisley underground. Frontman Kim Salmon continued to forge an acclaimed solo career with his band The Surrealists amongst others in the intervening time.
For 20 years the band appeared dormant, until they re-emerged in 2006 for All Tomorrow’s Parties reforming for various tours including the Don’t Look Back Australian tour along with Sonic Youth performing Blood Red River and Daydream Nation respectively.
In 2021, two years after being inducted into the WA Music Hall Of Fame, they released their first studio album in 34 years, ‘Negativity’. You can get the album here.
Tour dates are as follows:
10th Feb – Howler, Melbourne (VIC) Tickets
11th Feb – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine (VIC) Tickets
12th Feb – Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong (VIC) Tickets
17th Feb – The Zoo, Brisbane (QLD) Tickets
18th Feb – The Northern, Byron Bay (NSW) Tickets
23rd Feb – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney (NSW) Tickets
24th Feb – AOW Uni Bar, Wollongong (NSW) Tickets
25th Feb – The Cambridge , Newcastle (NSW) Tickets
3rd Mar – The Rosemount, Perth (WA) Tickets
4th Mar -Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide (SA) Tickets