The Kim Salmon-led Scientists originally formed in the late 70s, recording and playing loud, brash music that took from the punk and swamp rock genres.
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. 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. The band will once again hit the Australian circuit this year with their 35th Anniversary Show, kicking off in Perth and finishing up in Adelaide. The Scientists tour dates Saturday 15th March – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth Thursday 27 March – The Trans, Brisbane Friday 28 March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney Saturday 29 March – Howler, Melbourne Sunday 30 March – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide