The Scientists announce first-ever U.S. tour
Australian punk legends reunite, recording new album
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Australian punk legends, and unwitting influencers of the original “grunge” sound, The Scientistsannounce their first-ever U.S. tour today. the brief trek kicks off September 28th in Portland, OR. Please see all dates below.
Founder and songwriter Kim Salmon has reunited the mid-80s lineup with Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic, and Leanne Cowie to record a new album for In The Red Records.
THE SCIENTISTS FIRST-EVER U.S. TOUR:
09/28 Portland, OR @ Dante’s w/ Mudhoney
09/29 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune w/ Mudhoney
09/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/05 Austin, TX @ Beerland
10/06 Austin, TX @ Beerland
10/07 Chicago, IL @ The East Room
10/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10/11 Greenfield, MA @ The Root Cellar
Absolute album by Scientists was released Sep 27, 1991 originally on the Sub Pop label. This collection is a band-compiled best-of, with cuts from Australia’s the Scientists dating from 1981 to 1987. While the group officially formed in 1979, they released a string of astonishing albums in the ’80s displaying a style that pre-dates the Sub Pop [grunge] sound of the next decade.
Drawing on the Stooges, the Rolling Stones, and the Seeds, their garage-influenced post-punk sound veered toward psychedelic pop, much like fellow countrymen the Saints.
This collection of recordings represents the best of the Scientists at each stage of their career from 1981 to 1987. It doesn’t run in order of release date, but in order of conception by the group. Hopefully this will give the clearest picture of the group’s intentions and progress through those years.
Absolute collects their highlights, “Swampland,” “Set It on Fire” and “Blood Red River,” making for an intense pummeling within the first half of the record. What separated the Scientists from any number of post-punk bands of the time was the diversity of influences, where Cramps-style garage twang rubs up against Big Star pop hooks, often within the same song, and leader and main… more
released September 27, 1991
Illustrator: Kim Salmon.
Personnel: Kim Salmon (vocals, guitar); Tony Thewlis (guitar, drums, drum machine); Phil Hertz, Nick Combe, Brett Rixon (drums).
Recording information: Belgium (1982-1986); Belguim, England (1982-1986); London, England (1982-1986); Melbourne, Australia (1982-1986); Sydney, Australia (1982-1986).