SCIENTISTS: Swampland: CD

May 26, 2008

To totally jack the always quotable Mr. Jake Smith, America has room for only two Australian rock bands, AC/DC and Air Supply, which leaves quite a few bands truly worthy of some attention sorely lacking any. Such is the case with the Scientists. Hailing from the land of Bon Scott and the Hard-Ons, these guys sound like the missing link between the primal punk of the Saints and the psychosis of the Birthday Party, but also manage to throw a wrench in the gears by distilling the rockabilly out of the Cramps to get at their best, most minimal essence. This is some really good stuff here, stuff that should be played loud and often, and yet at the same time, it’s something that the corporate formats calling themselves “indie” anymore would never drop into regular rotation. Stupid Americans. 

 –jimmy (Cherry Red)

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