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reunited Scratch Acid playing Metro in Chicago!

David Yow & David Wm. Sims on stage with The Jesus Lizard (more by Tim Griffin)
David Yow & David Wm. Sims

Scratch Acid was an Austin, Texas noise rock group formed in 1982… The band was named by music journalist Will Lerner as “the American equivalent of the Birthday Party.” After developing a reputation as a crazy, noisy punk band, Scratch Acid disbanded in 1987. According to the liner notes of The Greatest Gift, the band members never received compensation from either Rabid Cat or Fundamental Records (who distributed their releases in Europe).

Brett Bradford went on to form Colorado punk band Great Caesar’s Ghost. They disbanded in 1993. He also formed Sangre De Toro and played with Areola 51. Washam went on to perform with many other bands, including the Big Boys, Ministry, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Lard, and Tad. In 1987, Sims and Washam joined Steve Albini in the band Rapeman, which disbanded just before Sims reunited with Yow in 1989 to form the Jesus Lizard. [Wikipedia]

All four original members of Scratch Acid (David Yow, David Wm. Sims, Rey Washam, Brett Bradford) are reuniting again to play ATP Minehead in the UK this December (12/2 – 12/4, tickets). The fest is curated by Jeff Mangum, and will a feature a performance from the Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind, along with Fleet Foxes, Yann Tiersen, Superchunk, The Magic Band, Tinariwen, and many others.

But first Scratch Acid will embark on a string of US dates, and it was just announced that one of those dates will be 11/12 at Metro! Tickets go on sale Saturday, 9/10 at noon.

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