Scratchrock Volume IX
Album #: 11
Recording Dates: 1994 – 1995
Release Date: 1999
Climbing aboard a shit-brown truck dubbed the “Urban Assault Vehicle Turdcutter”, the Hidden began a two week U.S. tour. Colorado, Texas, New Mexico…the band played six shows in fourteen days for around $300 in payment. A video tour documentary was created in tribute: “Soundmen, State Parks, and Open Sores”. Unfortunately, the road trip intensified personal conflicts within the band.
Coupled with a quarter-century life crisis, I quit the band to go back to school. Brian M. departed as well, and the Hidden disappeared. I resumed delivering pizza, moved in with my parents, and began concentrating on solo work. With a new workstation at my disposal, I focused on electronic music and pop songs.
Five Track Sampler
Track 04 – Swell (The Hidden) – I know what you’re thinking – what would the Hidden sound like with a horn section? Find out here as the Hidden re-record this track for the “Brave New Failure” sessions with horns arranged by T.S. Henry Webb and performed by the Fazio Blasto Trio. [Scratch on Guitar]
Track 7 – I Love You and You Love Me and We’re In Love (MX Skroch) – Come celebrate codependency in a disintegrating culture with this heavy rocker featuring some rather aggressive guitar playing. [Scratch on Vocals and All Instruments]
Track 14 – Vikings (part one) (MX Skroch) – Vikings (part one) gives the listener the opportunity to create a horror film in their own mind – with this foreboding track an appropriate soundtrack. [Scratch on All Instruments]
Track 16 – Settle For Me (MX Skroch) – Some people are looking for more than they deserve. Acoustic guitars and lead bass back up this tale of mid-90’s nightclub dwellers. [Scratch on Vocals and All Instruments]
Track 18 – The Specialist (The Hidden) – This track is a nice summary of the direction the Hidden was headed in the latter days of the band. Dissonant chords, spooky verses, stop/start breaks, manic vocals and paranoia. [Scratch on Guitar]