Fans of garage-punk rejoice: The Scientists, the influential Australian rockers fronted by the legendary Kim Salmon, are set to embark on their first-ever tour of the U.S., starting on September 28th in Portland, OR.
The 12-date tour will find the ‘80s-era lineup of the band tackling clubs on both coasts including a couple of dates with grunge pioneers Mudhoney, a band that cites The Scientists as a big influence on their sound. Salmon and bandmates Leanne Cowie, Boris Sujdovic and Terry Thewlis will also be heading into the studio soon to record a new album for In The Red Records, the group’s first full-length since 1987’s The Human Jukebox.
Formed in the late ‘70s in Perth, Australia, The Scientists spent the next decade going through a myriad of lineup changes, relocating to London and recording music that fused the snap of punk rock with a blues rock trudge. After Salmon put the project to rest in 1987, the band has reunited off-and-on over the years, including dates in Australia supporting Sonic Youth and their sole U.S. show in New York for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2010. The Scientists recently had their complete studio recordings and a host of live material reissued in 2016 by Numero Group.
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\