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Scratchrock Volume VIII

September 16th, 2009 Comments off

Album #: 10

Recording Dates: 1993 – 1994

Release Date: 1999

Catalog: SMR08

ScratchNotes:

Sales of “Stop. I’m bleeding.” proved that the Hidden was truly an underground band.  The band and their art guru, “Saint” Allen Oaks, moved into a house on Chicago’s Northside that leaned excessively.  They set up shop in their cracked foundation style basement – neither mixed crowd reaction, nor poor album sales could deter them.

In-between bouts of drunken perversity, the Hidden prepared 17 new tracks to be recorded with Chuck Uchida under the guise of the “Brave New Failure” sessions.

Personally, I purchased a more professional 4-track and stepped up my experimental projects considerably.  After a successful weekend tour of the Midwest, the Hidden and staff began setting up a half-month trek across the United States.

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Five Track Sampler

Track 02 – Covered With Blood and Twitching (The Hidden) – Starting out as a solo experiment on my 4-track, the Hidden beefed up and spaced out this ode to disillusionment for the “Brave New Failure” sessions. Recorded by Chuck Uchida.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 06 – Bizarre Keyboard Rock (MX Skroch) – A few tracks on Scratchrock Vol. VIII have me playing around with tape speed and Bizarre Keyboard rock is the most frenetic of the bunch. Prepare for takeoff… [Scratch on All Instruments]

Track 08 – I Wish I Had a Home (but I’ll Settle For a Quarter) (MX Skroch) – During this period I lived in the dirty city and like everyone else had the pleasure of being accosted by aggressive homeless persons on occasion. They were on my mind, so I named an instrumental after them. [Scratch on All Instruments and Samples]

Track 12 – The Blanket (The Hidden) – Free-range sax blurts and bleeps all over the Hidden’s angular rock stylings. A rare live performance featuring T.S. Henry Webb (formerly of The Flock) on tenor sax. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 23 – Crusade (Instrumental) (MX Skroch) – Prior to the release of this track in its somber, full-blown lyrical version; I recorded this much more whimsical take. Jangling guitars and mellotron inspired keyboards put this version squarely in the ‘Pop’ category.  [Scratch on All Instruments]

The Hidden’s Press Kit

September 12th, 2009 Comments off

Here is the press kit that the Hidden sent out when setting up gigs/contacting labels.

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Stop. I’m bleeding.

September 7th, 2009 Comments off

Album #: 09

Recording Dates: 1993

Release Date: 1993

Catalog: ITR01

ScratchNotes:

This is the Hidden’s only “official” release, though I’ve filled in the gaps with a number of archive collections. “Stop. I’m bleeding.” took four tracks from the “Bone of Contention” EP and added six new slabs of freshly recorded thickness. This initial release for Iguana Trifle Recordings was not the great success all had hoped, but leaves behind the audio legacy of a punk band transforming into something quite diverse and at times exciting.

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Five Track Sampler

Track 02 – The Legendary Bolt Upright (The Hidden) – This feedback drenched sludge rock number was a band favorite and seemed to go over well with the audiences we encountered. No social messages here – just pure raging identity crisis. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 04 – Sucking on the Wind (Room to Breathe) (The Hidden) – Rarely played live and quite frankly forgotten about soon after recording, this two part number sounds like nothing else done by the band. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 05 – The Blanket (The Hidden) – A tense and trippy tale of true love and torment (with a jazzy twist). [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 08 – (six-six) 69 Camaro (The Hidden) – If you’ve ever gone drag racing with Satan and then shared a Mai-Tai at the local dub bar then you’ll find this a familiar story. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 09 – Tryptophan (The Hidden) – Just another obsession dirge celebrating the loss of all hope. [Scratch on Guitar]

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Scratchrock Volume VII

September 5th, 2009 Comments off

Album #: 08

Recording Dates: 1992 – 1993

Release Date: 1999

Catalog: SMR07

ScratchNotes:

In a brazen attempt to rocket to the top of the charts, the Hidden replaces Paul M. with the more marketable Brian M.  The new lineup releases the “Bone of Contention” EP in late ’92.  They make the first of many appearances at the legendary Czar Bar on January 15th, 1993.  Following a D.I.Y. aesthetic, the Hidden creates Troglodyte Music, Ltd. for promotion and to set up gigs.

Fueled by Lambrusco and playing out constantly (occasionally with the free jazz sax of T.S. Henry Webb), the Hidden worked to conquer the rock world from their freezing rented storefront.  Thanks to financing from Lee P., the Hidden signed to Iguana Trifle Recordings in early ’93, bestowing upon the world a CD entitled “Stop. I’m Bleeding.”  Radio and press exposure ensued.   In my spare time, I continued experimenting with effects and new recording techniques.

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Five Track Sampler

Track 05 – Rat Patrol (The Hidden) – The Hidden play up their punk roots on this Naked Raygun classic. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 10 – 40 Gallons (The Hidden) – Metal… Funk… Noise… – This is the ultimate epic jam by the Hidden’s original lineup. Yea, that’s a six minute guitar solo – what you gonna do about it?  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 17 – Dogma (MX Skroch) – A sensitive instrumental. At least that’s what I hear… [Scratch on All Instruments]

Track 24 – Safe and Clean (The Hidden) – The Hidden played this track live quite often, but it never made it onto the agenda at the recording studio. I’ve grown fond of this song over the years, and I’m pleased that this decent sounding live recording exists. [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 26 – Nitrus Dichloride (MX Skroch) – It’s like a Lambrusco headache played by an army of guitars. [Scratch on All Instruments]

Bone of Contention

September 5th, 2009 Comments off

Album #: 07

Recording Dates: October 23 & 24, 1992

Release Date: 1992

Catalog: Troglodyte 01

ScratchNotes:

Bone of Contention is a cassette EP by the Hidden.

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Check out “Stop. I’m bleeding.” to hear tracks from this release.

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Scratchrock Volume VI

August 26th, 2009 Comments off

Album #: 06

Recording Dates: 1991 – 1992

Release Date: 1999

Catalog: SMR06

ScratchNotes:

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.

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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]