X-Ray Eyes/Brainstorm single
The Scratch's new single is released on Mon 19th April. It's called X-Ray eyes and will be available on download and ltd Edition (of just 100 10" vinyl singles!!!!)... The band have been mega busy lately, rehearsing a new set of songs with a new drummer and organising a mini tour, including The Recharged radio awards show at 93 Feet East, The Great Escape festival in Brighton and Endorse IT festival with The Damned.
X-Ray Eyes/Brainstorm by England’s The Scratch is one of the most pocket-picking white guy post-punk dub dance whatsis slabs since The Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good And Evil”. And, yeah, it lacks some of that record’s massiveness. but the sputzy way these clowns pile grooves together on “X-Ray Eyes”, then tangle them with Beefhearty guitar slides, and strange post-glam vocals, is pretty goddamn snappy. Single review in The Wire magazine
And staying with the retro angle, the welcome return of The Scratch. ‘X-ray eyes’ - pressed up on 10 inches of wax has the band flexing their collective influential muscles to reveal a wicked grooving genius in their midst. ‘X-Ray eyes’ sees them cocking a snook at the dance floor crowd, an unrelenting beauty that channels the grittier elements of the Gang of Four’s trademark grind and marries it to the dub / disco crossover that Strummer and Co aimed for on the often overlooked ‘Sandinista’ throw in for good measure Big Audio Dynamite, a taster of Pigbag a few sly Ry Cooder sliding hooks and you have something of a dirty disco assassin that Bobby Gillespie you’d imagine would be happy to be caught in the line of fire of.
X-Ray Eyes single review on losingtoday.com