Viva PHX

Vertical Scratchers: Dynamic Soundscapes, Psychedelic Influences, and Left-of-Center Melodies

Vertical Scratchers come with one helluva goddamn resume. John Schmersal is a former member of '90s synthpunk luminaries Brainiac (and Enon and Crooks on Tape and a touring member of Caribou, but who's keeping track?), and partner Christian Beaulieu has put in his time with Triclops! and Anywhere. Their debut album Daughter of Everything was released by the venerable North Carolina label Merge just a few weeks ago, and features a guest spot from Guided by Voices' frontman Robert Pollard.

All of which is reason enough to pick up their LP or check them out when they hit up the Hard Rock Cafe as part of the Viva PHX festival on Friday, March 7.

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Derek Askey
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