Seminal post hardcore outfit, Scratch Acid, has confirmed a run of North American tour dates. As previously announced, the band will also be playing the second British All Tomorrow’s Parties festival (which is being curated by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum), along with a London gig. Officially disbanding in 1987, these dates mark the first time the band will perform together since a brief run of three reunion shows in 2006.
The tour kicks off November 1 In Atlanta and hits NYC’s Webster Hall on November 7, Emo’s in Austin on December 10 and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on the 13th of December. The full tour schedule is listed below.
Scratch Acid’s “music for and about beautiful women” was first unleashed in 1984 with their self-titled debut and follow-ups, Just Keep Eating and the Berserker EP (all of which where compiled by Touch and Go Records as The Greatest Gift in 1991). Scratch Acid’s eventual permanent lineup consisted of David Yow on vocals, Brett Bradford on guitar, David Wm. Sims on bass, and Rey Washam on drums. Originally formed in Austin, TX, the band’s live shows quickly became things of legend – including performances dressed as Jesus, Hitler and the cast of Wizard of Oz (Yow as Dorothy, carrying a dead chicken to play the role of Toto). And of course, there was the time they opened for the Butthole Surfers after distributing 80 hits of acid to the crowd. Members of Scratch Acid went on to perform in Big Boys, Ministry, the Didjits, Tad and, most famously, the Jesus Lizard (with Yow and Sims again taking vocal and bass duties respectively).
Scratch Acid Tour Dates
Nov 1 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov 2 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Nov 7 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Nov 9 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Nov 10 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Nov 11 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Nov 12 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Dec 8 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 9 – Houstin, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Dec 10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s East
Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Dec 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec 16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Dec 17 – Seattle, WA – Neumos