Scratch Acid

Decades: 1980s 1990s


Formed in Austin, Texas, USA, in 1982, Scratch Acid originally comprised Steve Anderson (vocals), David William Sims (guitar), Brett Bradford (guitar), David Yow (2 August 1960, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; bass) and Rey Washam (drums), although Anderson was quickly ousted. The reshaped quartet made their live debut as an instrumental act, supporting the Butthole Surfers, following which Yow switched to vocals with Sims taking up bass. Scratch Acid established a reputation as one of the state’s leading post-hardcore noise exponents, creating a sound inspired by Killdozer and Big Black. They issued a self-titled mini-album in 1984, but it was two years before the band began recording a full-length follow-up. Although Just Keep Eating lacked the arresting power of its predecessor, it confirmed the band’s ambition and originality. The EP Berserker, completed later the same year for the Touch & Go label, reaffirmed their influential status and is chiefly...

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