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Scratchrock: An Abridged Testimonial (2CD set)

December 15th, 2010 Comments off

Album #: 27

Recording Dates: 1986-1999

Release Date: 2000

Catalog: SMR16


What you are holding is a testimony. It is a memory. It is an egocentric creation prepared especially for your indulgence.

Eleven incarnations,

Forty-three manifestations,

Fourteen years of praise.

Twelve compact discs capture the complete tale in words, song, and imagery. You are in possession of a musical Cliffs Notes. Not so much “greatest hits” as “unique sounds” and “interesting experiences”. I don’t sing very well, so do not bother pointing it out – I am aware. Recordings range from defective boombox to 16 track studio (they each have special qualities). Some tracks were rehearsed to death, others are improvisation. Some lyrics are heartfelt expression, and others are just plain goofy. Let’s just call it a collection of frequencies to bounce off your eardrums in your spare time.

This all began in 1986. My first instrument was the $99 guitar/amp combo from Service Merchandise. I moved on to the Flying V. Then there was the anarchic battle of the bands appearance with the No-Name Band, and the Modulated Casio vs. Acoustic Guitar duels with Brian P. Shortly thereafter came the on again/off again power trio called the Raging Bellybuttons. Brain Plug followed. Solo work was recorded and then I joined IMF. We broke up and came back from the grave as the Hidden. More experimental pieces were actualized; and brief encounters with Redneck Exorcist (not featured on this collection), the Unnamed Band, and the future Mrs. Skroch materialized. Finally, the current projects – improvisational sounds with the Sheep Fiends and the beats with Suneel.

What else can we say? Take a listen. Repeat. Don’t give up too soon, a testimony is a subtly multilayered beast. Give in to it.






No Track Sampler

Please refer to the individual volumes of Scratchrock for audio samples of this material.

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Sheep Fiends – THE 3 FIENDS

December 11th, 2010 Comments off

Album #: 26

Recording Dates: 05/21/2000

Release Date: 2000

Catalog: SF


One Fiend, Two Fiends, Three Fiends, Four…no… just 3 FIENDS! This rare assemblage of a three piece ensemble is far from uniformly successful, but does offer some very unique moments and approaches to sound (and a classic Sheep Fiends album cover!).



Three Track Sampler

Track 03 – Big Ant in the Middle of the Night (Sheep Fiends)One of the few tracks featuring vocals on this CD, “Big Ant” exposes secret late night Pringles-induced thoughts of terror in my horrifying Chicago apartment.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 07  – The Human Mouth (Sheep Fiends) All sounds recorded live, but some afterjam looping and effects are also on tap here. A bit of Musique Concrete for the senses.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 11 Revenge of the Phantom (Sheep Fiends)It’s just damn funny – my pathetic drum playing can’t obscure that!  [Scratch on Drums]

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Sheep Fiends – April Thunder

December 11th, 2010 Comments off

Album #: 25

Recording Dates: 04/16/2000

Release Date: 2000

Catalog: SF


One of my favorite jams from this era of the Fiends. Many different vocalists create multiple moods upon a multitude of orchestrations with topics ranging from the stock market to time travel to dirty nasty filthy love.



Five Track Sampler

Track 01 –Increased Volatility (Sheep Fiends)Step closer to the edge of madness. Anguished vocals and grinding guitars warp into full-on heavy metal – Sheep Fiend style!    [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 03 – Still Moving (Sheep Fiends)A Greg W. Groove Drenched Love Jam.  [Scratch on Crunchy Heavy Metal Guitar]

Track 06 – NASDAQ (Sheep Fiends) There is despair brought on by love, and there is despair that is brought on by your portfolio. NASDAQ tells the tale of one man’s speculations gone wrong.   [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 09 Innocence Inside (Sheep Fiends)Melodic and sorrowful, this doomy power ballad emotes the story of yet another broken man.   [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 11 Gonna Rock Ya (Like a Man)But for every beaten man, one must rise up from the ashes with a singular mission… to… rock…   [Scratch on Vocals and Guitar]

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