The legendary Perth post-punk rockers The Scientists are reforming for a nation-wide tour in March of this year to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their forming. The good news is that this one off lineup will be their original line-up of singer-guitarist Kim Salmon, guitarist-singer Roddy Radalj, bassist Boris Sujdovic and legendary drummer, James Baker.
Way back in 1978, they changed band names from The Invaders to The Scientists and went on to release a string of classic albums through Bruce Milne’s Au Go Go label. They playing loud, brash music that took from the punk and swamp rock genres. In a decade-long career spanning seven albums and influencing countless rockers, including Nirvana front-man, Kurt Cobain, The Scientists’ style evolved from pop and punk influenced tunes, to a more psychedelic, swampy sound as their line-up shifted around.
Kim Salmon: “Even with the melodic material (most of it) we wanted it to be a bit out of tune but not in an obvious way that it would seem deliberate… these were the things that made for 'style' we believed.”
A show in Perth’s Shenton Park Hotel saw the end of The Scientists’ golden era, but the band has come together a few times since, in 1995 for a reunion show and in 2006 and 2010 to play All Tomorrow’s Parties curated performances.
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Scientist first self titled album
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