Scratchrock Volume XV

November 23rd, 2020

Album #: 74

Recording Dates: 2005-2009

Release Date: 2010

Catalog: SMR31

ScratchNotes:

These 15 tracks come from just seven jams that I attended between 2005 and 2009 – six Sheep Fiends events and one guest appearance with the Poker Night String Band. The most notable musical development that occurred during this period was the evolution of the Rumpus Room from a welcoming jam spot into a full-on multitrack studio. This volume of Scratchrock captures the end of the “tape deck” era through our first multitrack recordings. At times somber; at times preposterous, the addition of several new Sheep Fiends participants packs this collection full of surprises.

Four Track Sampler

Track 03 – The Sea Gull (Sheep Fiends) – An unexpected drum machine swings as slide guitar meets a delay pedal on this ornithological instrumental. You can almost see their reflections on the pavement.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 04 – Uranium (Sheep Fiends) – Back to a more organic sound…and topic. Creepy bass anchors this droner where I celebrate the properties of all natural ingredients, and curse the regulations that get in my way.  [Scratch on Vocals]

Track 06 – Theme From 7 on 15 (Sheep Fiends) – A happy little instrumental for a change. Steady drums allow me to try out a myriad of sounds on my Casio guitar from 1989, while a haunting mandolin plinks inside your mind. Kinda funky; kinda quirky, all Sheep Fiends.  [Scratch on Casio DG-1 Guitar]

Track 08 – Fission Overlord (Sheep Fiends)– Reminds me of the mating call of the nuclear reactor. The Geiger counter chirps out its warnings. The oscillator screams at a constant dBm. Drums and bass lazily provide a low end to the techno-fission reaction. Is the Overlord here?  [Scratch on Bass]

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