Album cover artwork for The Scientists with black vinyl record popping outKim Salmon should be in the ARIA Hall of Fame. A legend of Australian music, he’s both trailblazer and fringe-dweller.

“I’m an outsider,” he proudly proclaims on this vital new record.

Forty years after the start of the second version of The Scientists, Salmon, bass player Boris Sujdovic, guitarist Tony Thewlis and drummer Leanne Cowie have put the band back together and issued the first Scientists studio album in 34 years. The guitars are fuzzy, like the memories. “This is my dissertation,” Salmon states in the aptly titled Dissonance.

Forty-five years after his musical journey started in Perth, Salmon is part punk professor, part mad scientist. And The Scientists’ swampy, spiky sound continues to surprise, challenge and thrill.

Negativity by The Scientists is out June 11 via In The Red Records.

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