“Disintegration in the Ozone Room” is the new CD from Skratch, a band out of Pittsburgh whose hobbies include melting faces, telling (almost) sinister tales about their beginnings and making music you really need to hear to understand the talent level of this band. With a list of influences that stretches across genre boundaries it’s no surprise they consider their music to fall into many of those categories, which can be difficult, but they took on the challenge and mastered it. Of course, what can you expect from a band that was formed under a blood moon in a black sky? It might not have been the Devil himself that showed up that night but there’s certainly a magic in the skills on display from the first track to the last.
For a band that calls themselves a “nasty, noisy, loud rock band or working class zeros.” they sure don’t take that ‘zero’ attitude with them into music. With a unique sound, Skratch isn’t really comparable to any single band but holds true to the mix of genres they claim as their own. This is a type of grunge metal with a melodic quality that makes it crawl up in your brain and stick around. No bad thing when the music is this quality. Marcus Dryburgh takes his vocals to a rough, screaming quality that doesn’t lose it’s clarity or ability to entrance. Add in the catchy riffs from guitarist Ryan Vok and you’ve already got an enticing mix. Love that sometimes scratchy sound in the background of “Almost There” but he’s not afraid to soar with those notes, either. “Salt of the Earth” brings a real focus to the bass playing skills of Dino ‘Dubbz’ Guarin. Rather than hiding those deep sounds they bring them to the front and support them with the heady drum sound provided by Tim Saunders. I have to admit, I love it when I’m at a show and the drums feel like they’re changing the beat of my heart to match their own, and that’s how I feel it would be to see these songs happen on stage.
These guys flipped the script on me with “Neon Lights”. I had wondered where I would find their ‘post alternative’ sound… Found it!! This song has to be my favorite. Love that dark, hypnotizing sound intermingled with a type of deranged happy refrain. Those high guitar notes mixed in at points keep it from being too dark or too deep. They break it up in the most perfect way. The way the vocals change and intentionally break during the repeat of “He’s not like you and I” really stayed in my mind for the rest of the day just from the first listen. It’s the type of thing that pops up from time to time while you’re not thinking of anything else. I like it. This is the type of song that captures the imagination and draws you in to listen closely at the story being told.
How can you go about finding this amazing music, you may ask? Simple. Do you maybe walk around with one of those hand computers they call cell phones? Just hit this link, https://www.skratched-earth.com, to get to a webpage. Or this one, https://www.facebook.com/Skratch.pgh/, to follow them on Facebook. You can also look the music up directly on Reverbnation at https://www.reverbnation.com/skratch7.
Any way you do it – Find the band, follow the music, and come back to tell me I was right about them!
Jana Lee Macheca (aka Lady Jaye) is the owner and editor of First Angel Media as well as professional photographer and writer. Having worked in national and local levels of music media her goal is to provide professional coverage for bands of all levels.