Album Info

RELEASE
May 21, 1996
LABEL
Skin Graft Records
GENRES
Avant-Garde, Alternative/Indie Rock, Noise-Rock

Album Review

Beware: Scratch or Stitch is the sort of Japanese noise rock that could prove highly unsettling. Imagine rampaging drums, guitars even more gnarled and noisy than those on Sonic Youth's Dirty, a female vocalist screeching in monotone, and bass a funk metal band could be proud of, and you're about halfway there. This may sound like a racket -- and it is -- but it's such a tight, organized, and intense racket that you can't help but be awed by it; the band tears through 22 brief songs without ever leaving highest gear, and the production assistance from Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke really capture the insane energy of the group. (And trust me -- the "insane energy" you may imagine while reading this is nowhere close to what you'd hear on the album.) It's hard to imagine anyone sitting down and listening to this album in its entirety, but that certainly doesn't mean it's not good -- the thrill here is the same sort that comes from the Boredoms' more ridiculous romps and the cascades of noise Merzbow passes off as albums. Among Western audiences, Melt Banana requires a very unique type of listener -- they're a very unique sort of band.
Nitsuh Abebe, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Plot in a Pothttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787468&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  2. Scratch or Stitchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/scratch-or-stitch/id262787454?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Sick Zip Everywherehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787488&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  4. Disposable Weathercockhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787568&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  5. Ten Dollars a Pilehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787662&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  6. Ketchup-Messhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787670&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  7. Buzzer #Phttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787677&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  8. Rough Dogs Have Bumpshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787844&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  9. Iguana in Troublehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787860&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  10. It's in the Pillcasehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787871&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  11. Test: Ground 1http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787882&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  12. Zoo, No Vacancyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787892&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  13. A Finger to Hacklehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787909&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  14. Type B for Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787922&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  15. His Name Is Mickey (At Last She Got Him...)http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787925&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  16. Back to the Wombhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262787928&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  17. I Hate Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/scratch-or-stitch/id262787454?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. What Do You Slaughter Next?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262788138&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  19. Eye-Q Traderhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262788229&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  20. Dig Out!http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262788238&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  21. Contortion Out of Confusionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=262788294&id=262787454&at=11l9vR
  22. Pigeons on My Eyes (Go to Bed!!!)http://itunes.apple.com/album/scratch-or-stitch/id262787454?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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