The Scientists are the ultimate cult band! Mysterious, undefinable and yet many quite distinct things to many people. Some blame them for Grunge, some think they’re a power pop band, some think they’re experimental. Tav Falco describes them in Ghosts Behind The Sun thus: “Mercurial individuals who’s science is strictly alchemical.” Originating in Perth Western Australia in the beginnings of Post Punk they travelled to Sydney, then London cutting a swathe through the indie scene throughout the 1980s only to vanish. Sited as a seminal influence by so many – Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mudhoney, Nirvana the band had to return some time. In 2018 they’ve returned recorded 3 singles, Mini Mini Mini, Braindead, and a soon to be released EP on In The Red called 9H20.SiO2. They made their first trip to the USA last year confirming what people suspect. They are totally unique… distinct from other bands and sound as brutal now as ever. Not to be missed!
Jered Gummere, who spent time in bands like Bare Mutants (Hozac Records) and the Ponys (In The Red Records /Matador Records), is back with a new band called Richard Vain. If you follow garage punk from the Midwest, then Gummere is probably a name you are quite familiar with. If not, then Richard Vain will be a good starting point to a continuing legacy of slime-drenched indie rock. The first few Richard Vain shows were solo jammers, just Jered, an iPad, a keyboard with a looping pedal, a guitar and sometimes a candle, but the band expanded to a three piece by the time they started recording their upcoming album for Big Neck Records, entitled Night Jammers! The songs on Night Jammers mix the jittery musicianship of post-punk (emphasis on the “punk” part) with the the grungey garage rock of Gummere’s former projects.
“Absolutely Not are absolutely fab! ‘ERRORS’ is a punk record dialed into an alien frequency with a heavy production that makes the spare instrumentation (guitar, keyboards, drums) sound like a spaceship crashing into Earth. ” – NPR