Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Scratch Acid - Monsters

I was inspired by the talk of the Butthole Surfers and the Hickoids to dig out some crazed Texas damage myself.

Scratch Acid - Monsters.mp3
something odd must have been in the south Texas water in the 80's that caused the young 'uns to turnout so god forsaken wrong. Case in point Scratch Acid. Featuring David Yow and David Wm Sims ( later Jesus Lizard ) Scratch Acid was responsible for putting forth some seriously twisted songcraft. Yow howls about dark things while Brett Bradford lays down sun damaged riffs. The band managed to release a self titled 12 " in 1984, a full length (1986's Just Keep Eating) and a final 12" ( Beserker ) in 1987 before disbanding. Touch and Go Records had the good sense to package them all up on one CD entitled The Greatest Gift .

"Monsters" is a manic track from the bands 1984 debut and may represent the band at their deranged best. Yow is completely unhinged here, and the guitar matches him lockstep. Just plain crazy.

It was one of those days where I couldn't decide which track to post, so you get both. "Crazy Dan" is mellower than "Monsters" and has become one of my favorites over the years.

Scratch Acid - Crazy Dan.mp3
One of the creepy "ballads" that the band pulled off. "Crazy Dan" is the album opener from Just Keep Eating. It creeps along with a sublte menace and an odd kind of beauty. I simply had to include it.

An excellent review from Delusions of Adequacy
Photos at Idle Time

You can find another track from the Greatest Gift at the Southern Records site