Posted in music | tour dates on May 2, 2011

by BBG

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]

The string of impressive ATP reunions continue, as all four original members of Scratch Acid (David Yow, David Wm. Sims, Rey Washam, Brett Bradford) will reunite 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 others to be announced.

Even better.... David Wm. Sims has promised that "There will be other dates in November and December in the US, and possibly in Europe." Stay tuned.

In related news, tickets are still available in various incarnations for the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror event in Asbury Park on 9/30 - 10/2. The Portishead-curated festival that Jeff Mangum is also playing recently announced the additions of Swans, Battles, Deerhoof, and more.

ATP Minehead flyer and some video from Scratch Acid's 2006 reunion, below.

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ATP Minehead 2011

Scratch Acid - "Mary had a little drug problem" live at the Showbox, Seattle, 9/16/06

Scratch Acid - "Cannibal" live at the Showbox, Seattle, 9/16/06

"Greatest Gift" by Scratch Acid

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Comments (16)

Why bother? Just make a new Lizard record so there is an excuse for a new Lizard tour and we can all get off together.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:14 PM

Man, I bought tickets to the Saturday show in Asbury Park to see Portishead, hoping the lineup would be comparable to years past or the European Events. So far the bands aren't all that great. A couple of decent ones... Battles, The Horrors, Beak>, but overall, it's gonna be a dud! Anyone want to by my 2 tickets for the Saturday show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:15 PM

i'm sorta with you 5:15...

great bands but i've seen most of them already. give us scratch acid!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:24 PM

Really good shit!!!

Posted by frAncis | May 2, 2011 5:26 PM

5:15 and 5:24, Just relax and wait. A bunch more bands are still going to be announced and I think it will satisfy you. Relax. It's coming.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:50 PM

David Yow has reached Iggy Pop's level of beef jerkiness.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:53 PM

5:50 - I have heard some of the unannounced names and I don't think fans of the past couple of years are going to be too happy.

Also the only thing that truly satisfies is a Snickers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 5:54 PM

remember vice halloween?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 6:49 PM

FFFUN FEST selling tix yet?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 6:54 PM

Fucking genius---hope Washam is on board.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 6:56 PM

AGHHHHGGHHH

FUCKFUCKFUCK

SCRATCH ACCCCCCID!!!

NATIONAL TOUR? YES, PLEASSSSSSE!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 7:00 PM

ATP/IBYM is not about a single day, it's about the weekend.

and this weekend is looking up. way up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2011 10:48 PM

Thats too long to wait to see Scratch Acid.
I almost forgot Rey was is a short lived project Daddy Longhead with Jeff from the Butthole Surfers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2011 12:56 AM

My Mistake.

I almost forgot Rey was IN a short lived project Daddy Longhead with Jeff from the Butthole Surfers.

And of course Rapeman put out an excellent album and were tight as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2011 1:02 AM

Sorry ATP intern @10:48, the US version of this fest has been diminishing returns since its MBV inception. Minehead always gets the goods and the US event is always 85% garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2011 12:10 PM

yea, i saw them in 86, i think they were high.

Posted by james | May 10, 2011 11:03 AM

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