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About Scratches

«It was so beautiful …» sings a deep female voice accompanied by hypnotic sounds, mystic blues and cinematic soundscapes. It’s a sound that makes your blood run cold while simultaneously sending comforting shivers down your spine. Just as if Nick Cave became one with his female duet partners from «Murder Ballads» – a kind of symbioses of man and woman reciting songs about the dark sides of the human soul and the lightness of being. A melancolic soundtrack, in the manner of Enrico Morricone, a soundtrack to an inner movie about raptures, scars and blank spaces, about fading, remembrance and longing unfolds before our ears: Welcome to the universe of «Scratches» ladies and gentlemen.

Scratches is a four piece band out of Basel, that was founded in 2010 following the collaboration of theater director and singer Sarah-Maria Bürgin and guitarist and theater composer Sandro Corbat. The two started off as a duo playing obstinate coverversions of known songs, quickly developed their own signature and distinctive style and earned widespread recognition with their debut album «Fade» in 2014. 2017 marks the release of their second album «Before Beyond» and the band, that turned into a quartet with bassist Marco Nenniger and drummer Jonas Prina joining in, is more than ready to conquer the musical world with their timeless sound.

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They have come a long way in search of their own sound, especially singer and mastermind Sarah-Maria Bürgin. As the daughter of aid workers she spent her childhood and schooldays in Africa and Asia and later worked as director and actress in Hamburg. The countless languages she came across during her travels left as much of a mark on her take on music as did theater and film and it’s no surprise that the songs of Scratches sound like a soundtrack to an imaginery movie. A movie, mind you, as gloomy and mystic, sparse and uncompromising as a Jim Jarmusch, with the bizarre and fantastic powerful images of a Fellini, the earthy almost brutal roughness of a Morricone-western or the hypnotic poetry of blurry 70ties erotic films.

With their second album «Before Beyond» Scratches go a step further: Written in September 2015 at an old country estate in Brandenburg, the album was recorded by Timo Keller (Hanreti – Studio Vom Dach, Luzern) and Jonas Prina (Tonatelier Ziegelei, Basel) and coproduced, mixed and mastered by Darren Hayne (Shirley Grimes, uva). The ten new songs capture their well-known austere beauty but bring the sound aesthetic to yet another level. Avantgarde pop, melancholic wave, mystic blues? Even though Scratches are still operating pretty far off the beaten tracks of pop- and rockmusic, «Before Beyond» seems to be drawn to the light and the big stage much more than its predecessor. 

-written by Steffi Klär-

Live:
18.03.2017: CH-Basel, Bscene, Hirscheneck
22.03.2017: CH-Olten, Coq D'Or, w/ Adna
14.04.2017: CH-Basel, Czar Fest, Kaserne, w/ Zeal & Ardor, The Universe By Ear
 

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https://www.facebook.com/scratchesband

 

We're excited to welcome the deeply hypnotic ambient drone ritual Sum Of R at the Czar Of Revelations roster and the Czar Fest lineup.

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Switzerland's Sum Of R exists since 2008 and was created by Reto Mäder (URAL UMBO, RM74) to construct/deconstruct sound in ways that infest and cloud the interior of the mind. Sum Of R creates slow moving instrumental music with a sensibility for hypnotic and complex song structures.
Their intense and pulsating sound is influenced by drone, post-metal, ambient, noiserock, psychedelic and cinematic post-rock. Sum Of R’s ritualistic take on expanding sound layers is deepened by the rawness of an unconventional metal atmosphere plunged into darkness, light and its reflection.
Their live performances as a duo are characterized by a cyclical process involving bass guitars, drums, effects, samples and drones to create a unique and dense whole which is more than the sum of its parts.

Sum of R's self-titled debut album was released in 2008 on Milwaukee-based independent label Utech Records (Home of Locrian, Aluk Todolo, Horseback, Nadja, James Plotkin, Mamiffer, House of Low Culture). Following 2012 EP "Ride out the Waves" on Italian label Storm As He Walks and contributions on two compilations alongside bands like Sonic Youth, Sunn O))), Carla Bozulich, Master Musicians Of Bukakke, Menace Ruine, Aluk Todolo; Sum of R's second full-length "Lights on Water" has been released in December 2013 on Utech Records and self-released in February 2014.
 
LIVE LINE UP 2017:
Reto Mäder: Guitar, drones, effects
Fabio Costa: Drums, percussion, effects

DISCOGRAPHY:
Albums:
- Sum Of R "Lights On Water" / LP & CD, 2013/14, Utech Records (USA) & Sum Of R (SUI) URLP085, URCD085/SUM01
- Sum Of R "Sum Of R" / CD, 2008, Utech Records (USA) URCD025
EP:
- Sum Of R "Ride Out The Waves" / LP, 2012, A Storm As He Walks Records (IT) SAHW001
Compilations:
- V.A "Black Mass Rising" / 3x LP, 2012, Black Mass Rising (FR) BMR 2
- V.A "Does Your Cat Know My Dog?" / LP, 2010, Three:four Records (SUI) TFR004

 

Mit dem Folgealbum «Before Beyond», das Anfang 2017 auf dem Basler Label «Czar of Crickets» erscheint, gehen Scratches musikalisch und produktionstechnisch noch einen Schritt weiter:

Das Album, das im September 2015 auf einem alten Gutshof in Brandenburg entstand, wurde anfangs mit Timo Keller (Hanreti – Studio Vom Dach, Luzern) und Jonas Prina (Tonatelier Ziegelei, Basel) aufgenommen und in zweiter Phase von Darren Hayne (Shirley Grimes, uva) coproduziert, gemischt und gemastert. Die 10 neuen Songs nehmen die herbe Schönheit der Musik von Scratches auf, bringen deren Soundästhetik aber auf neue Ebenen.

Avantgarde Pop, Melancholic Wave, Mystic Blues? Obwohl Scratches auch mit dem neuen Album wohltuend abseits der breitgetretenen Pop- und Rockalleen unterwegs sind, scheint es «Before Beyond» mehr als seinen Vorgänger ins Licht und auf die grosse Bühne zu ziehen:

Zu «Medusa» lässt es sich nämlich auch bestens von einer sonnenbeschienen Yacht in die dunklen Wellen starren: so laidback, cool und sexy groovend sticht der Opener des neuen Albums mit seinen ZuhörerInnen in die Soundsee. «Lonel & Iness» geht bittersüss los wie einst Paul Simon’s «Graceland» mit sphärischen Sounds, grossen Melodielinien, und atemberaubenden Basslines, bevor wir bei «Beautiful» am Strand der Sehnsüchte landen und schmachtend und vielleicht mit leichtem Hangover auf Morricon’schen Soundwellen in den Sonnenuntergang blicken. Auch «Give Me Your Pain» überrascht nach intim-melancholischem Songbeginn mit grosser und beinahe schon stadiontauglicher Geste, und «What a Waste» groovt mit frivolen Orgelsounds, treibendem Bass und leicht trauriger Lässigkeit durch unsere Lautsprecher. Ja, man hört und spürt, dass diese Band wirklich zum Quartett angewachsen ist, und der Sound der grossartigen Rhythmsection Nenniger/Prina das bereits grossartige Bürgin/Corbat im Arrangement und in der Soundästhetik auf wunderbare Weise ergänzt.

«The Crow & The Sheep», ein dunkel-intensiver Slow-Waltz mit Sarah-Maria Bürgin in ausnehmend hoch- und luftiger Stimmlage als atemlose Erzählerin, könnte wiederum unter Nick Cave’s Ägide entstanden sein und präsentiert sowohl Nennigers als auch Corbats Fähigkeit mit wenigen Tönen grosses zu bewirken. Noch weniger Töne braucht «Maybugs» um uns in seine ganz eigene obskure Soundwelt zu entführen: Soundteppiche aus flirrenden Stimmen, ein roher Beat, minimale Gitarren – und Basslinien, und darüber Sarah-Maria’s einnehmende Stimme – grosses Zeitlupenkino. «Repression» holt uns mit coolem Upbeat-Indie aus der mystischen Traumwelt, um bei «Rope Walker» so richtig „in die Vollen“ zu gehen: mit grossartig trockenem laidback-Beat untern den vertrackt-rockigen Gitarrenlicks, und der wunderbar tiefen Stimme Bürgin’s begleitet von orchestral anmutendenen (Engels-)Chören.

«Father» schliesslich markiert das grande Finale eines grossartigen Albums, und bringt noch einmal alle Vorzüge dieser wunderbaren Band zur Vorschein: einnehmend-hypnotische, rauhe Stimme, mystische Lyrics, sphärische Soundteppische, die sich auf einem treibenden, tiefen, intensiven Groove ausbreiten und in unsere Gehörgänge, direkt durchs Knochenmark, in unsere dunkelsten Seelenecken und mitten ins Herz zielen.

Scratches haben mit «Before Beyond» ihr eigenes nächstes Kapitel Musikgeschichte geschrieben und sind damit Richtung grosse Bühne unterwegs. Wieder wird man wird das Gefühl nicht los, etwas völlig Neuem und Uralten zugleich beizuwohnen. Zeuge zu werden von etwas, was man vielleicht gar nicht wissen sollte, das einen aber nicht mehr loslässt (O-Ton Dr. Fisch). Und wieder einmal dürfen wir dankbar sein, dass es Musik gibt, die uns in dieser so global- durchgeplanten und durchschaubaren Welt immer noch zu überraschen und zu packen vermag!
 
-Steffi Klär                                                                                                                         
Konzertveranstalterin und Kulturschaffende, Basel                               
[Foto: Mathias Mangold]                                                                                                                    
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21.01.2017 / 20:00 
Scratches Before Beyond release show
Kaschemme Basel 
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We feel honored to announce our collaboration with AUTISTI, a project by Louis Jucker together with Emilie Zoé.

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AUTISTI is an indie supergroup gathering swiss lo-fi rock songwriters/weirdos Louis Jucker and Emilie Zoé.This uncommon two guitars & drums trio craft an extra intense blend of 90's melodic tunes in the vein of J MASCIS or IMAAD WASIF with a Lo-Fi twist à la GUIDED BY VOICES

Since Louis Jucker left berlin prog outfit THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE in 2012, he aligns genre-breaking projects, varying from his lo-fi folk solo records to his noise hardcore band COILGUNS or his bass driven RED KUNZ project (together with 2 members of RED FANG). He’s known in punk squats, indie clubs and art museums for his seriously hyperactive production: sound installations, theater soundtracks, analog recordings of all format, DIY festivals, etc.

His new band AUTISTI features Emilie Zoé, an upcoming and disgustingly magnetic swiss folk artist who toured notably with ANNA AARON. This record isn't their first essai. Louis was already responsible for the intimate production of Emilie's first LP "Dead End Tape". Her haunted vocals and his sonic tricks brought 4 tracks cassette demos to national radios playlists !

In 33 min and 8 songs, AUTISTI ally catchy vocals and noisy riffs and magically mixes Emilie and Louis's distinctive tones to achieve real heart-moving anthems, whispered ballads and nihilistic noise waves. On stage, you'll see them rock strange home-made cabs and a suprisingly loud children drumkit. Weirdness everywhere and emotions all over!

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Noisey premiered Scratches' new beautiful apocalyptic and mystical video for "The Crow And The Sheep" today and wrote a nice review. The new album Before Beyond is going to be released next week on January 21st in Switzerland. On February 10th it will be out worldwide. Preorder Before Beyond digital via Itunes or on LP or CD via cede.ch.