The Science was a rock band based in Eureka, California from 1976 until 1981. The members were Howard Vatcher (lead guitar/vocals/artwork), Don Vatcher (bass/vocals), Albert Clark (keyboards/vocals), John Palotas (drums/vocals), and Mark Schleunes (guitar/vocals). Mary Vatcher also sang with The Science for a year or so. They played some of the typical Humboldt County venues at the time: Vance Log Cabin, Walt's Friendly Tavern, Mad River Rose, and The Red Pepper. Howard and Don Vatcher still play together in the San Francisco Bay Area as The Vatcher Brothers. John Palotas has subsequently played with a number of Humboldt County bands. Albert Clark currently plays with the Humboldt County band NightHawk and collaborated recently with Mark Schleunes on the first album by Albert Mark titled Adolescent Dementia.

The Science recorded extensively in a home studio in Helen Vatcher's house on E Street in Eureka and at two of the local studios at the time: Humboldt Sound and Bert Pectol's Solar Tip. They never made an album, but all the old tapes have been digitized, and the members have been talking recently about the possibility of finally releasing the Science album that never was, along with a website with a more complete history and photos. You can hear audio clips of the band's work on the right side of this page. Video was a rare and expensive thing back then. The band was recorded on video only twice, and only one tape of a few songs survives. The "Freedom Calls" video on the right comes from that. "Freedom Calls" was written by Butch Nazelrod who was a friend of the band. R.I.P. Butch.




Click on a picture below to enlarge it and start the slide show.