Scratchrock Volume VI
Album #: 06
Recording Dates: 1991 – 1992
Release Date: 1999
I bought crappy used 4-track and immediately began exploring sonic oddity. The dissolution of Brain Plug had left me with a heap of creative energy, but no outlet. I played with samples and acoustic guitars, and while the results are less than professional, the sense of freedom provided great fulfillment.
I longed to play with other musicians again, and after the two-hour existence of Buffalo Penis Wing, I tried to find a band. I saw an ad from a band that claimed to be influenced by Black Sabbath, Naked Raygun, and Big Black among others. It was IMF. I joined the band and two weeks later played an 18-song set in front of several thousand people at the Riviera Theater. The band soon broke up for a short time, but reconvened as The Hidden.
Five Track Sampler
Track 03 – Hateful (MX Skroch) – Metal. I loved it (still do…) and here is my interpretation circa 1991. [Scratch on All Instruments]
Track 08 – Riding (MX Skroch) – Probably one of the most psychedelic songs I’ve ever put to tape. Taking a quick 180 degree turn from the tension of Hateful, Riding is all quiet guitars and melancholic songcraft. [Scratch on Vocals and All Instruments]
Track 14 – Renegade of Funk (IMF) – Expanding towards chaotic noise and away from straightforward punk, Renegade of Funk was one of our favorites to play live. This version was recorded by Steve Albini in his basement studio. [Scratch on Guitar]
Track 18 – I’m Your Bug (The Hidden) – Crunchy flanged out punk recorded by Chuck Uchida in April 1992. [Scratch on Guitar]
Track 24 – Validation (remix) (MX Skroch) – Another solo experiment that explores the possibilities of distortion and multitrack recording. [Scratch on All Instruments]