New Scientists album to land in June
The Scientists’powerful brand of deranged swamp-rock returns with a vengeance on June 11th, when Los Angeles’In the Red Recordsunleashes “Negativity”, an all-new magnum opus and the first full-length album by the Australian band’s penultimate line-up in 35 years. “Outside”' is the single first release from the album, out to the world today.
The bruising 11-track collection features aScientistsconfiguration much beloved by connoisseurs of the band’s work: singer-guitaristKim Salmon, lead guitaristTony Thewlis, and bassistBoris Sujdovic, all veterans of the group’s defining 1981-85 outfit, and drummerLeanne Cowie, who replaced drummer Brett Rixon on the storming 1986 release "Weird Love".
“Negativity”is the third Scientists release and the first full-length album forIn the Red. The current quartet cut the single“Braindead”/“SurvivalsKills”in 2018 and the five-song 2019 EP:”9H2O SiO2”9H2O SiO2”, the title of which translates (in a hat tip to the lyrics of the group’s classic “Swampland”) as “Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand.” Those recordings were issued in conjunction with the group’s first two U.S. tours.
Salmon, who founded the Scientists in Perth in 1978, says with a laugh,“My attitude was, old bands doing new stuff, it’s always rubbish. I just wanted to leave it alone. I thought, well, if we just snuck a single by every once in a while, we could get away with it.”
The album was completed trans continentally: with the band producing,Myles Mumford(who worked on both the earlierIn the Redreleases) andJozef Grechrecording. You can pre-order “Negativity” here.