Much-loved Australian post-punks THE SCIENTISTS are having their hard-to-find back catalogue made available once again thanks to Chicago reissue label The Numero Group.

And more than that, the worldwide rerelease programme heralds a new period of UK and European live activity from the Perth legends!

The programme is spearheaded by vinyl and digital releases of the band’s long deleted 1981 self-titled debut and their classic Blood Red River mini-album from 1983. They’re available to pre-order now here and here.

Then next Summer, the label will release a CD box set of the band’s complete recordings. The band plan to celebrate the release with a series of festival shows in the UK and Europe.

Speaking about the new reissues, laconic lead Scientist Kim Salmon told Vive Le Rock: “We’re glad to let some of our old experiments out of the lab”.

Originally formed in 1978, The Scientists went through various line-ups, musical styles and geographical bases, landing in London in the mid-80s before splitting in 1987. The band has reformed in various incarnations over the past decade, with their original line-up reuniting for Australian dates earlier this year. The line-up for next year’s dates has yet to be decided.

Salmon’s latest release is the album True West as Kim & Leanne with sometime Scientists drummer Leanne Cowie.

Watch the video for ‘Blood Red River’.

Read more about The Scientists and other classic Aussie bands in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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