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Albums Of The Week: The Scientists | Negativity

The influential post-punks are firing on all cylinders on their first album in 25 years.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Scientists’ powerful brand of deranged swamp-rock returns with a vengeance on Negativity, a magnum opus featuring the first new music by the Australian band’s penultimate line-up in 35 years.

The bruising 11-track collection features a Scientists configuration much beloved by connoisseurs of the band’s work: singer-guitarist Kim Salmon, lead guitarist Tony Thewlis, and bassist Boris Sujdovic, all veterans of the group’s defining 1981-’85 outfit, and drummer Leanne Cowie, who replaced drummer Brett Rixon on the storming 1986 release Weird Love. Happily, rousing receptions during the band’s American treks and a sense that fans would welcome a new full-length project resulted in sessions for Negativity, their first collection of new material since their 1987 swan song Human Jukebox.”