Also, Vertical Scratchers are hopping in the van and coming to a town near you next month! Vertical Scratchers is John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere).
Simplicity was the inspiration: get in the van, rehearse in the van, tour in the van, stay mobile. “I have played in a lot of bands with complicated set-ups and implemented technologies,” says John. “I also do a lot of recording and editing on computers, so part of the desire for simplicity was about wanting things to be as organic and in real time as possible.” This impulse to keep things moving is reflected in the songs themselves. Most Vertical Scratchers songs clock in under the two-minute mark but often go in twice as many directions as your average-length song. Pop deception. Think the Kinks with a Buzzcocks brevity.
Listen & share the full stream of Daughter of Everything via Pitchfork Advance and watch"Scratching the Surface with John Schmersal (Vertical Scratchers) and Jim Putnam (Radar Brothers)" now at YouTube. Vertical Scratchers on tour: Mar 1 San Francisco, CA — The Chapel @ Noise Pop Festival w/ Mikal Cronin Mar 3 Los Angeles, CA — Origami Records in-store Mar 7 Phoenix, AZ — VIVA PHX Festival Mar 9 El Paso, TX — Lowbrow Palace Mar 10 Marfa, TX — Padre's Mar 13-16 Austin, TX — SXSW Music Festival Mar 17 Baton Rouge, LA — Spanish Moon w/ Saint Rich Mar 18 New Orleans, LA — Circle Bar Mar 20 Atlanta, GA — The Earl Mar 22 Durham, NC — Merge 25K Finish Line @ Motorco Music Hall w/ The Love Language Mar 23 Washington, DC — DC 9 Mar 25 Brooklyn, NY — Glasslands Mar 26 Philadelphia, PA — The Barbary Mar 28 Cleveland, OH — Grog Shop Mar 29 Toledo, OH — Frankie's Mar 30 Columbus, OH — Double Happiness Mar 31 Louisville, KY — Haymarket Whiskey Bar Apr 1 St. Louis, MO — Firebird Apr 2 Kansas City, MO — Czar Bar Apr 4 Salt Lake City, UT — Kilby Court Apr 5 Boise, ID — The Crux Apr 6 Seattle, WA — Barboza Apr 7 Portland, OR — Bunk Bar Apr 11 Visalia, CA — Cellar Door Apr 12 Los Angeles, CA — The Mint