Itch-E & Scratch-E :: released August 05 2010
“Here it is. After a 10 year wait we are back to explore our vision of the future with you. Yes, you could argue that there is a signature stamp of DNA that could be misconstrued as, dare I say it, a little but rave/ bleep/ tech but it’s our beloved mongrel that fits no breed but its own. We hope you enjoy?” Love, Itch-E & Scratch-E
Inspired by the remnants of the post punk/ electronic/ noise scene of the 80’s, and coinciding with the rise of “techno” and rave culture in the early 90’s, Itch-E & Scratch-E were born.
During the years that followed Itch-E & Scratch-E, aka Andy Rantzen and Paul Mac, were at the forefront of a movement quickly gathering momentum. When the Boiler Room was added to the Big Day Out, Itch-E & Scratch-E were there, preaching their beats to the ravers, but importantly, also to the rock kids in Nirvana T-shirts. A cross pollination had begun.
The Album Itch-E Kitch-E Koo (1992) spawned the single Sweetness and Light which became a crossover hit breaking down barriers between the underground and the overground. Then came an ARIA Award for Best Dance Release in 1994, and Paul fulfilled every parents nightmare when he thanked the ecstasy dealers in his speech. The songs deep connection was recently confirmed when it appeared in JMag’s peer-voted Greatest Australian Songs of All Time.
Fast-forward 15 years from Itch-E and Scratch-E’s first beats, and, over several beers, the duo re-discovered their creative friendship. More beers followed and they found themselves in Scratch-E’s home studio making music. The guys were having a ball, so a weekly date followed where they jammed together into the wee hours of the morning. Those sessions can now be heard on their album, HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!!.
The first taste from the new album was the boundary crushing Other Planets featuring vocals from New Yorker, MDNA, who Paul met years ago as a Dissociatives fan on tour in Paris. When Paul bumped into him five years later in New York, a collaboration was spawned that blew all involved away. The new album also includes a cheeky mash-up featuring Scribes F.R.E.S.H.. Imaginatively titled r.E.f.r.E.s.h., this electro-duo bounced their way across the national Big Day Out delivering their new beats to enthusiastic crowds of old and new fans in the Boiler Room, with more shows to follow in 2010.