Scientists + Turning Black Like Lizards

Negativity European Tour. The influential post-punk band from Australia, led by Kim Salmon, hit Northampton for their only Midlands date

Monday 9th October 2023
7:00pm til 10:30pm
Minimum Age

Monday 9th October 2023
7:00pm til 10:30pm
Minimum Age

Scientists + Turning Black Like Lizards

Scientists + Turning Black Like Lizards

Music Genres

Rock | Indie | Punk | 80s



SBD presents


Monday October 9th

‘Negativity European Tour’


'They wrote fantastic singles and looked like they just crawled out of the ooze. What more could you ask for? '- Warren Ellis [The Bad Seeds]

'The Scientists proved to me that rock n roll could be played by gentlemen in fine silk shirts half unbuttoned and still be dirty, cool and real'. - Thurston Moore [Sonic Youth]

'The Scientists turned my head around and made a man out of me! They grew hair on my palms and made my socks stink! ' - Jon Spencer [Blues Explosion]

The Scientists are an influential post-punk band originally from Perth, Australia, led by Kim Salmon. The band had two primary incarnations: the Perth-based punk band of the late 1970s and the Sydney/London-based swamp rock band of the 1980s. The Scientists were much more influential than their commercial success would indicate, lending their influence to artists such as Mudhoney and New York's downtown indie scene of the early 1990s.

The Scientists went through many incarnations in their original nine year history, but are remembered mostly for the line-up that existed from 1981 to 1985. Kim Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic and Brett Rixon together had the peculiar chemistry that produced the classics ‘Swampland’, ‘Happy Hour’, the Blood Red River mini-LP, and ‘We had Love’. With a sound that was swampy, primal and modern-urban all at once. As much in the tradition of rock and roll and punk rock as it was a rejection of those things, the Scientists' formula was as universal as it was specific to their own experience. The themes of getting wasted on alcohol and drugs, driving round in hotted-up cars, being trapped in crap jobs and paranoia were their subject matter. Machine-throb bass and drums, with jagged car wreck guitars, were their modus operandi. Fitting into no place or time they spurned all but the most rudimentary and elemental of rock structures, along with other peoples modes of embellishment. They rejected the contemporary sound and look, and so consequently were never able to carry around baggage that would allow them to date.

You could put on a Scientists record from this period and not know it was 30+ years old! The Scientists might've been overlooked in their own time but there has been no shortage of younger bands who have cited them over the years. Mudhoney, Nirvana, Jon Spencer, the Von Bondies, The White Stripes, The Drones and scores of others just keep coming along dropping their name. Sadly Brett Rixon passed away in 1993. Kim, Boris and Tony recruited his understudy from 1985, Leanne Cowie, to help them reanimate the monster. The Scientists were invited by Mudhoney to play on their curated day at All Tomorrow's Parties in May of 2006. The Scientists also supported Mudhoney at Shepherds Bush Empire, where a live recording, 'Sedition' was made. In 2010, Sonic Youth asked the Scientists to play alongside Iggy Pop and the Stooges at ATP New York.


Post-punk / darkwave / garage / alternative band from The Black Country, “whose distinctive sound and idiosyncratic theatrics makes them an all encompassing and charismatic live act”. With airplay from Steve Lamacq, they have opened for Spear of Destiny, Buzzcocks, Jim Jones, Big Country, Altered Images, UK Subs, Brix and The Extricated, The Membranes, The Cravats, Anti Pasti, Folk Devils, and so on

@ The Black Prince

15 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets are on sale from Wednesday July 19th at 11am.

The venue is 16+ [under 18s to be accompanied by a legal guardian]

The multi-story St Michael's car park [entrance on St. Michael's Road, exit on Abington Square] is a 40 second walk from The Black Prince

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15 Abington Square, Northampton, NN1 4AE

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