The Scientists to make their return

Before Nirvana. Before Mudhoney, Before the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion…there were – The Scientists.
Formed in Perth in 1978, the punk pop hooks of ‘Frantic Romantic’ and ‘Last Night’ removed them from their hometown to wider acclaim, re-emerging in Sydney with a darker, primitive concoction similar to that of The Stooges, Suicide, Cramps, Gun Club, Sonic Youth and The Birthday Party. What followed were a string of swamp rock classics such as ‘Atom Bomb Baby’, ‘Swampland’, ‘We Had Love’ and ‘Human Jukebox’ and a relocation to London before imploding in 1987.
For 20 years the band appeared dormant, until they re-emerged in 2006 for All Tomorrow’s Parties reforming for various tours including the Don’t Look Back Australian tour along with Sonic Youth performing Blood Red River and Daydream Nation respectively.
In 2021, two years after being inducted into the Western Australian Music Hall of Fame, they released their first studio album in 34 years, ‘Negativity’ making it onto most “top albums for the year” lists.
And now – finally, The Scientists are back – ready to tour that album plus play selections from their back catalogue.
‘The Scientists’ powerful brand of deranged swamp-rock will be returning to live stages around Australia in early 2023 for their ‘Negativity’ tour including our very own Theatre Royal on Saturday February 11. To secure you ticket for this must see show visit

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.