Back in the 1980s, now legendary Perth outfit, The Scientists, were no strangers to the #1 spot – on indie record charts, on University and public radio. They managed to repeat the action over in the UK and Europe throughout the 80s before imploding in 1987.
Strangely the band never made it to the USA until 2010 when they played the New York All Tomorrows Parties festival delivering their Blood Red River album, sharing the stage with Iggy and the Stooges performing Raw Power. It became apparent to the band by the amount of people saying how they’d waited 30 years for them to grace a US stage that something had been working away. Some bizarre slow burning reaction had been taking place and smouldering. Their formula obviously still potent and sizzling away waiting for a catalyst to make it explode.
Last year first time booker Chorg Dorgan of LA agency Gangland Booking took the Scientists on a sold out West Coast tour. This year he got them on a sold out East Coast and Southern tour.
The band released a 7” (Brain Dead) and 12” (9H20.Si02) on US indie label In The Red.
The band is about to go to the states for a third time in less than a year. This time in July to appear at Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo headlining along with Jesus and Mary Chain, John Waters and Shannon and the Clams!
All the while the formula sizzles. Just this week the Scientists made # 1 on University of California run station KVDS 90.3 FM.