Scratch Acid (1982-1987, 2006-2011): a Punk band from Austin, Texas, USA.
aunched in Austin, Texas in 1982, Scratch Acid started with Steve Anderson (vocals), David Wm. Sims (guitar), Brett Bradford (guitar), David Yow (bass) and Rey Washam (drums). Soon after forming, Anderson was given the sack before the band ever recorded an album, prompting Yow to assume vocals and Sims to move to bass.
Released in 1984, Scratch Acid's first EP featured the track Lay Screaming, a track which Yow once described as, "inspired by Marquis de Sade, reading his shit."
The band returned to the 'Rabid Cat' label who had released their debut EP for their debut album, Just Keep Eating (1986). When queried about the significance of the title in a February 1987 interview, the band called the title "kinda silly" and "an inside joke".
The band's third and final release, the EP Berserker (1987), was released by 'Touch and Go Records', a company that would also release the band's posthumous compilation CD The Greatest Gift in 1991 , four years after the band's split.
Brett Bradford went on to form Colorado punk rock band Great Caesar's Ghost, who disbanded in 1993. He also formed Sangre De Toro and played with Areola 51. Washam went on to perform with many other bands, including the Big Boys, Ministry, Helios Creed, The Didjits, Lard, and Tad. In 1987, Sims and Washam joined Steve Albini in the band Rapeman, which disbanded just before Sims reunited with Yow in 1989 to form The Jesus Lizard. The band would re-unite for events in 2006 and 2011 respectively.
Dashboard for Scratch Acid