Bout Time II
"...We can enjoy alternative punk rock today because of the grit of Austin-born Scratch Acid and a handful of other Chicago bands. Formed in 1982 and split in 1987, members of Scratch Acid went on to became part of an impressive list of bands including Jesus Lizard, Sangre de Toro, Ministry, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Big Boys, Rapeman, and the Damnations...."
"...Combining Hawkwind's heaviest moments with Sabbath's spaciest, Bridge Farmers channel superior acid metal. Garett Carr's thundering basslines join Kyle Rice's percussive slam in support of Tyler Hautala's thickly layered riffs and hypnotic vocal drone..."
"...It's a beautiful day for a Scratch Acid reunion...."
"...Lead villain status ain't nothin' new for the noise rock marauder who spent the Eighties and Nineties crawling atop crowds as the frontman for Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard. Now a forthcoming wave of significant film roles raises the question: Is David Yow an actor or a musician?..."
"...No truly great act ever thrived without it. Saturday at Emo’s East, the tension onstage in Scratch Acid translated into 80 minutes of Austin post-punk history revisited..."
"...Scratch Acid's confirmation for the Jeff Magnum-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in the UK this December has sparked a full stateside tour. "I seem to recall after our 2006 reunion someone in the band emphatically stating, 'We will never be playing again,'" relays guitarist Brett Bradford (see "The Greatest Gift," Sept..."
"...David Yow, the notorious Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman who lived in Austin from 1975-1988, returns to town to front local punk legends the Dicks, whose singer Gary Floyd remains in physical and financial duress as he recovers from multiple knee surgeries and deals with being evicted from his rent-controlled San Francisco home...."
"...Mr. Coleman, a former member of the experimental noise group Liquid Mice and mad-scientist creator of the Mechanical Pit Bull that once (dis)graced the stage of the Letterman show, has been holed up in his foresty Bastrop sanctum for years now, creating such mind-blowing lingerie from wires and LEDs and acid-etched metal plates that his work's been featured in Playboy and on SNL alongside somewhat tamer creations by Helmut Lang and Jean-Paul Gaultier..."
"...Brett Bradford, ex of Scratch Acid (the band that brought you fine song titles like "Unlike a Baptist" and "Big Bone Lick"), and currently the heart of Sangre de Toro, tells us that former Scratch Acid drummer Rey Washam, fresh out of Ministry, is currently up in Chicago with other former Ministers working on recordings for a Swiss label (guess this delays that rumored Scratch reunion we've been looking for). Bradford mentions this because his current drummer Max Brody may replace Washam as skinpounder in the Al Jourgensen family..."
"...Dig just beneath the surface of Spray Paint's grinning skeleton and you'll find bones dating back to the earliest days of Austin punk, before When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth to Scratch Acid and Butthole Surfers. Hear Stephenson's style-to-be on 1984 Surfers' sludge anthem "Dum Dum" and the Jesus Lizard's "Sunday You Need Love." His kicks, tone, and presence hearken back to the former's Independent Worm Saloon standard "Strawberry," whose bassline Plump might lay down on his down-tuned six-string..."
"...Melanie Haupt: Scratch Acid, Emo's..."
"...The Jesus Lizard, protean noise-rock practitioners born from the wreckage of Austin's Scratch Acid, whose unpredictable and often obscene performances made them one of the most remarkable acts of the Nineties, return to town this week, not for a reunion concert, but to promote their new coffeetable book...."
"...Yow, a maniacal performer who came up locally with Scratch Acid before becoming one of the Nineties' most notorious frontmen, commonly puts himself in unfamiliar situations. In 2013, he heroically channeled Gary Floyd at a Dicks benefit..."
"...The authors of oft-covered punk classic "Hate the Police" last played in 2010, with Davy Jones and Mark Kenyon filling in for deceased guitarist Glen Taylor. In 2013, the Dicks enlisted Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid screamer David Yow, who calls Floyd "one of the best voices in punk rock history," for a local benefit after the frontman's multiple knee surgeries...."
"...Roping in fellow dishwashing rocker Jon Dee Graham, bassist Denny DeGorio, and former Scratch Acid dynamo Rey Washam, this triple-guitar army with advanced compositional smarts became Eighties Austin's most storied rock & roll contenders. Alas, one poorly promoted debut LP and an unreleased sophomore effort later, they'd become a dissipated legend, celebrated in their occasional reactivations...."
"...Goat, Liar, Shot – now Book. Austin punk's Adam and Eve, its Sex Pistols and Clash – the Dicks and Big Boys – begat armies of snarling acolytes blurring the line between first wave rage (Sharon Tate's Baby, Toxic Shock, Jerry's Kids), and post-punk (Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid)..."
"...It's only fitting that the second coming of the Jesus Lizard follows in the wake of Scratch Acid's blistering return three years ago...."
"...Following in the wake of Scratch Acid's scorching return two years ago (see "The Greatest Gift," Sept. 1, 2006), bastard offshoot the Jesus Lizard is reuniting its classic lineup – David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm..."
"... The original score was composed by Steve Fisk, who produced Nirvana's 1989 Blew EP, and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, whose cover of Beat Happening’s “Indian Summer” is the only dud on an otherwise stellar mixtape, which also features the Butthole Surfers, Arlo Guthrie, Half Japanese, the Vaselines, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, Leadbelly, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Cobain’s meditations on Austin’s Scratch Acid, which preface “Owner’s Lament,” provide an interesting insight into his own artistic vision: "At that time hardcore was totally dead..."