- 19 Oct 21
Originally emerging as metal band Red Enemy, their transition into The Scratch saw the group swapping their heavy gear for acoustic instruments without compromising the intensity of their sound.
The Scratch are slated to return with a brand new live album, curated early this year with Gentlemen Recordings. The quartet shared their debut album Couldn’t Give A Rats in April 2021.
Blurring the boundaries between rock and trad in their own wildly unique way, the Dublin-based four-piece have become a formidable presence on the live circuit – selling out a string of Irish venues, as well as London’s Camden Assembly in the run-up to Christmas.
Embracing absurdity and anarchy in equal measure, while also retaining a surprisingly sensitive melodic ear, the band’s refusal to box their sound into any easily-definable genre has resonated powerfully with a generation whose playlists are packed with Lankum and Ye Vagabonds alongside Girl Band and Fontaines D.C.
Initially rising to prominence after a video of them busking at the Rory Gallagher Festival went viral in 2017, The Scratch have built their reputation on the raw spectacle of their live shows – but they’re eager for their recorded output to garner the same kind of attention.
Building on this attention, the outfit have announced the release of their new live album on vinyl.
"Couldn’t Leave Our Gafs (LIVE 2021)’ is our first official live record release in partnership with @gentlemenrecordings Recorded in March 2021," band wrote on Instagram. "This 12” vinyl is our debut album performed in its entirety. We never had a chance to play it for you so now you can have it forever!"
Pre-order Couldn’t Leave Our Gafs (LIVE 2021) here.
Revisit the Scratch's February 2021 interview with Hot Press here.