Vertical Scratchers are hopping in the van and coming to a town near you next month! Their debut album Daughter of Everything will be in stores on February 25.
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.
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 — Zanzabar
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