New Music: Stream Vertical Scratchers Garage-Pop Gem, “These Plains”

Vertical Scratchers is guitarist John Schmersal (formerly of Brainiac and Enon) and drummer Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!).

“I love Christian’s drumming because he approaches it like a songwriter, as he is one in his own right,” Schmersal says in a Merge Records press release. “There aren’t really drum fills—more like rhythmic accents that punctuate what is happening at that point in the song itself.”

As for the guitars: “Part of the aesthetic we were establishing when writing Vertical Scratchers songs was to maintain a sense of urgency and raw energy without relying on volume and distortion,” Schmersal says. “I wanted the guitars to sound light and jangly, and most songs were purposefully sung in a soft falsetto.”

The duo’s debut, Daughter of Everything, will see release February 25, 2014.

About Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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