Merge to release debut album, Daughter of Everything from Vertical Scratchers

Vertical Scratchers is a new duo comprising of John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere) formed in Los Angeles in 2012.  John and Christian met at a Thanksgiving party, began hanging out, and decided to form Vertical Scratchers.  John says, “I love Christian’s drumming because he approaches it like a songwriter, as he is one in his own right. There aren’t really drum fills—more like rhythmic accents that punctuate what is happening at that point in the song itself.”

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.

Daughter of Everything was recorded live in Los Angeles at The Smell in September of 2012. The special guest appearance lead vocal from Robert Pollard (GBV) was recorded at Waterloo Sound in Ohio by Todd Tobias.  It will be released in the UK via Merge on 3rd March 2014. 

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