Monday, December 7, 2009

The Scrapes new Album

Hello out there,

We'll be going into a studio somewhere to record an album in January! Hopefully have it all done and ready for release in the couple of months following...the tracklist will consist of some "golden oldies" ha ha ha, but will mostly consist of new, largley unnamed, works. You can hear one of them in live guise at this address:

We'll keep you updated as time goes on. Meanwhile enjoy the xmas, yule, new year, whatever you want to call it!


Monday, November 30, 2009

The Scrapes Sound Travellers Tour 2010

Hello there,

The Scrapes will be touring the east coast of Australia in April 2010 kicking off at Stutter, the Horse Bazaar in Melbourne on the 7/4/2010! There will be more info on this as plans for the tour unfold...

This project is supported by Sound Travellers, an initiative from the Australia
Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
For more information on the tour or the Sound Travellers project please

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free downloads of the latest version of The Scrapes CDr...enjoy!

Dear fans of Scraping,

Here are links to some of our recorded material for all of you to download at your will! Enjoy as there shall be an official release of our new material sometime in the new year...

Here it is The Scrapes demo november 2009:

If you have the CDr you may notice a few of those tracks but there are a couple of newies there as well. All were recorded either at QLD Conservatorium studios or in other places around the place...generally technical stuffs done by Ryan but also by Andrew McLellan and Reilly Smethurst.
Cheers all,

The Scrapes

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Scrapes next live appearence! Ric's 18th November + Please Deface This Artwork!

We're playing Ric's again on the 18th of this month! Supported by Please Deface This Artwork. Please Deface should kick off around 9pm and then we'll be on.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

RIP Dickie Peterson

Just discovered that Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer fame died on October the 15th. That's a real shame for the world of music.

Julian Cope has created a fitting eulogy here:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Disembraining Machine last night at Alchemix!

Videos by Matt Kennedy of Kitchen's Floor. Check out his blog at

Cheers Matt!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Scrapes @ Disembraining Machine this Sunday!


29a Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, Brisbane. 7pm. FREE, BYO

November 1st : 7pm - 5 short performances - "Disembraining Machine"

6majik9 - - improvisation as a way of life
The Scrapes - - epic poetry
The Siezures - - underage thrash
Voss Bender - - narcoleptic emmigrants
Tidy Kid - (18min set) here is a star * - hairline fractures

Fourth and final aberrant shindig of the year in the freshly gentrifying logan road, brisbane's latest cultural hotspot...
recording archive of previous disembraining machines with lost domain, neckhold, swamplords, harpie choir..... more...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Master

Pandit Pran Nath...great Kirana singer and massively important figure to all you drone fanatics out there.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Compositions of Adam Cadell

Hello there,

I've updated my myspace site a little and put up a couple of live recordings of me and some friends of mine performing a string quartet (which is actually more or less the original version) of Cold Shoulders and another piece called Transmissions From A Traveller. Both were recorded in the same performance in April of this year at the Old Museum Building here in Brisbane. The performers are once again me, Jonathan Ng, Eddie Whiting and Danielle Bentley.

Go here: to hear it all.

Also in Scrapes news Ryan and I will be performing together on October the 17th as part of the Sound Comp showcase at the Queensland Conservatorium South Bank, Ian Hanger Recital Hall from 6:30 or so I believe. We'll be performing a piece by Ryan based on a song by Modest Mussorgsky. I'll also be performing a piece by Reilly Smethurst called "Mirrors".

The Scrapes will next be most probably playing at Alchemix Studios in Woolloongabba on the 1st of November as part of the Disembraining the Machine concert series. More on that as details arise.


Monday, September 21, 2009

the Badgeman!

Awesome English group from the late 80s and early 90s! They're giving away their old albums for download on their blog and I highly recommend that you all check them out!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Next gig coming up!

The Scrapes
in support of...
Gladstone and Lochaber for their single launch at ze Globe...
in the Valley...somewhere
8th of October

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Upcoming live dates for das Scrapes!

The Scrapes will be performing once again in West End but this time at the Joynt which is a great bar on Montague rd opposite the Paul's factory. This will happen on the 19th of September and we shall be joined by the Chutes and Chris Carter. The event has been organised by some new comers to Brisbane - Humble Pine Promotions. Kicks off around 8:30 I believe.

Also we'll be playing at the Globe on the 8th of October with some friends of ours. More on that when such things come to light!


photo of Ryan by Dave Collins

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward Live! 25th August @ Ric's!

Just a reminder that the Scrapes and our friends Sounds From the Ward will be playing Ric's Bar in the Valley here in Bris on Tuesday the 25th of August from 8pm (the Ward will most likely go on round 9:30 as is the custom). Also the Ward have posted up our combined jam at 4zzz on Wednesday night on their myspace:


Thursday, August 20, 2009

the Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward hijack 4ZZZ!

Hello hello,

Last night and into the first hours of today the Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward took over the booth at 4ZZZ with a sea of cables and strange electronic things. We performed the View From Here off our self-made self-self CDR (which by the way anyone can just ask us for and we may or may not make you pay for it) followed by a combined drone freak-out with Sounds From the Ward joining us...resplendent with strange excerpts from Silence of the Lambs and other unsettling sounds. For anyone who heard this strange event we apologise in advance for the psychological damage it may have caused...ha ha ha.


Monday, August 17, 2009

RIP Rashid Ali

Rest In Peace: Rashid Ali

Rashied Ali, Free-Jazz Drummer, Dies at 76
Published: August 14, 2009
Rashied Ali, whose expressionistic, free-jazz drumming helped define the experimental style of John Coltrane’s final years, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 76.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Patricia Ali.

Mr. Ali, who first encountered Coltrane in their Philadelphia neighborhood in the late 1950s, made the leap from admiration to collaboration in the mid-1960s, when he joined Elvin Jones as a second drummer with Coltrane’s ensemble at the Village Gate in November 1965.

Mr. Ali recorded with Coltrane and Jones on the 1965 album “Meditations” and, after replacing Jones as Coltrane’s drummer, on the duet album “Interstellar Space” (1967), one of the purest expressions of the free-jazz movement.

“I didn’t know what it was, but he called it multidirectional rhythms,” Mr. Ali said of his drumming in an interview for the documentary “The World According to John Coltrane” (1990). On Mr. Ali’s Web site,, Rashid Ali's Web site his playing is described as “a multirhythmic, polytonal propellant, helping fuel Coltrane’s flights of free-jazz fancy.”

Mr. Ali was born Robert Patterson into a musical family in Philadelphia. He started out on piano and dabbled with trombone and trumpet before finding his way to the drums, which he began to play seriously while serving with Army bands during the Korean War. Perhaps thanks to his military experience, he always executed drumrolls with crisp precision.

On returning to Philadelphia, Mr. Ali played in local rhythm-and-blues and rock ’n’ roll groups before moving on to jazz. He studied with Philly Joe Jones and paid close attention to heroes like Max Roach and Art Blakey, but a turning point came when he listened to Coltrane’s recordings with Jones. “Instead of being a timekeeper drummer, I wanted to play more,” he recalled for the Coltrane documentary.

Mr. Ali moved to New York in 1963 and began playing with progressive jazz musicians like Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. His first important recording was with Shepp on the album “On This Night.”

After pestering Coltrane to be allowed to sit in with his group at the Half Note jazz club and eventually getting a chance one evening, Mr. Ali passed up the golden opportunity to perform as a second drummer with Jones on the album “Ascension,” the seminal record of the free-jazz movement. He later realized his mistake and accepted second-drummer status at the Village Gate and on “Meditations.”

After Coltrane’s death in 1967, Mr. Ali performed with Alice Coltrane and then toured Europe. Returning to New York, he opened a club, Ali’s Alley, in a building he bought in SoHo, then in its early bohemian phase. The club, a showcase for free-jazz musicians, was at the center of the loft jazz scene of the 1970s. It operated until 1979, and Mr. Ali lived in the building for the rest of his life.

From the 1980s until his death, Mr. Ali performed and recorded with several avant-garde groups, including Phalanx, By Any Means and Prima Materia, an ensemble devoted to interpreting the music of Coltrane and Ayler. Most recently he appeared with the Rashied Ali Quintet, which he formed in 2003, and performed as a duo with the saxophonist Sonny Fortune.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, the jazz drummer Muhammad Ali and Theodore Patterson, both of Philadelphia, and nine children.
“He could play straight, put down the time and swing,” the critic Stanley Crouch said. “He had a good command of his instrument. He once told me that he thought of himself as playing in 4/4, but the other realms of 4/4 that we don’t usually hear.”


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AUGUST 25th @ Ric's with Sounds from the Ward

As one can see on the poster below...the Scrapes are playing Ric's on the 25th with other local suckers for droning dark places Sounds From the Ward

Free entry. 8pm (although Sounds From the Ward aren't on til 9:30 or so)

Also we Scrapes will be appearing on 4zzz 102.1 FM next Wednesday on the Rusted Sattelites show at 11pm to play a piece and talk a wee bit of shit I imagine! So tune in and have a listen to our first live radio broadcast...also just listen to Rusted Sattelites generally as they play cool stuff (and yes that oft includes us...) if you like the spaced out side of things.

Recommended brain frying: the Fugs first album...the best kind of madness.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Big fuckoff tardis studio


Scraping was had in the studio last night. As stated above it has a big fuckoff desk...and whilst Ryan is the music tech geek I got to press buttons while he did his tracks...very exciting stuff. In further news we managed to get some stuff down for some new songs for the album we're going to put together progressively over the coming months. I even played a little piano last night which is new for us and it sounds very bleak indeed! We also put down some guitar parts for the charmingly titled "German Tumours" which for any of you who may have seen us live is the great big black hole sounding one with the dirty, dirty drum machine. We got ourselves a very nasty guitar sound indeed (not unlike Montreal band Menace Ruine whom you should check out now!). That ist all.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

the Scrapes live again!

We once again shall be playing Browning St Studios tomorrow night supporting Ambitious Lovers, Mt Augustus and Bud Petal (Sydney) for Bud Petal's Brisbane album launch. We'll be on first at 8:30pm or so...Tickets are about 5 bucks I hear...that is all. Actually also we shall be going into the studio this evening to record a new track for a forthcoming album proper. More on that soon.

Two Fs today:
Friction and Furze...listen to them.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thanks to all that came and checked us out on Saturday at ze Hangar...twas a good gig! We're playing again next week on Thursday the 6th of August at Browning st Studios as part of the Bud Petal (sydney) album launch! Other bands shall be Ambitious Lovers and Mt Augustus...we're up first...doors at 8 I can check out all these crazy motherfuckers on myspace.

Today's recommended genius:
Tom Ze (the man responsible for dementing the samba)
Swans (listen to Swans listen to Swans listen to Swans)

That is all.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Scrapes LIVE!
Saturday 25th of July
The Hangar, Musgrave Rd Red Hill
doors 8pm
+ Dizzygotheca, Oyster Murders & Doom Doom


Friday, July 17, 2009

Just a little update. The Scrapes will be performing again at the Hangar in Brisbane on July 25th with Dizzygotheca, Oyster Murders and others! Doors are at 8 I believe...more info in the future. Check out this youtube video if you know what's good for you:


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More classic underground fiddlin. Tony Conrad with Faust "Outside the Dream Syndicate" is a great work of minimalist new music, Krautrock...whatever the fuck you want to call it. It's not just a record but an experience...gruelling and rewarding. I highly highly recommend it...particularly if you're in the mood for a trance or two! Conrad was a member of pre-VU band the Primitives and more importantly a member of the Theatre of Eternal Music with John Cale, La Monte Young, Angus MacLise, Marian Zazeela etc...the beginning of a beautiful thing we now call the Velvet Underground! Dig it!


Check out the new video blog...thing...over there to your right....yeah that. It's a video of a performance of my string quartet version of Cold Shoulders performed by me, Jonathan Ng, Eddie Whiting on ze viola and Danielle Bentley on cello. 'Twas a solo and chamber concert I put on at the ye Olde Museum here in bane of Bris. Hope you dig!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

If you can find it then listen to it...basically where it all began if the drone tickles your fancy. La Monte Young's blueprint to what was eventually dubbed "minimalist" music, Trio for Strings is an example of the pure tone created by bowed string instruments and the harmonic potentials this can bring with just a few notes. True genius.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Allerseelen are an Austrian entity mainly created by one Gerhard Hallstatt...well worth checking out for anyone who appreciates the darker side of electronic music...kind of strange found times sounds a bit like an Austrian alpine hermit rapping over sounds he recorded in the woods...good stuff. Hard to buy in Australia but you can buy it online at


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Radio stations where you can find the Scrapes on the odd occassion are starting to grow...Rusted Satellites on 4ZZZ 102.1fm have been fine supporters of the Scrapes on the radio thus far and you can catch Adrian and the gang every Wednesday at 11pm. They always play a great set of tracks and often have special guests so check them out! Also for any Sydney siders who stumble upon this blog Slip Inisde this House on 2SER have also been known to play the odd gyspy drone of mine accross the airwaves and their programme is at 12am Sydney time, 3pm london, 8am ontario, 11pm tokyo on Monday/Tuesday every week...brought to you by Martin, also a member of the Dolly Rocker Movement who are well worth your while.


Recommended listening for those who wish to hear some truly liberated fiddling. Henry Flynt and his "Avant-Garde Hillbilly and Blues music" is a true marvel of modern music and of modern violin playing. Check out his massive catalogue of recorded works that you can buy through Locust Records and check out his essay "The Meaning of My Avant-Garde Hillbilly and Blues Music" here:
Truly revolutionary music in every sense of the word!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Scrapes are playing at the Music Kafe on Boundary st in West End with a fine selection of local experimental bands. We're on about 3rd. Should be a night of heathen scraping and doomish dervishes. Come check it out starting at 6pm with new fiddle and drums duo the Guantanamo Bay City Rollers!

(above painting by Kim Cadell as is the image used on the Scrapes CDr as seen in the previous post)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Julian Cope, the Archdrude received the Scrapes CDr in the mail and was kind enough to review it in his June Drudion at But here it is for those who are too lazy to travel any further:

"Also hugely enjoyable, highly original AND psychically useful is the music of Australian duo The Scrapes, whose fiery epic guitar and abandoned Mithraic fiddle pieces evoke images of lost Keltic lands inundated by the oceans, lost Iberian & Armorican sea peoples and lost times from beyond the beyond. Mostly, violinist Adam Cadell conjures up a fabulous and heathen see-sawing from his machine, kicking up a down home/back porch Henry Flyntian dust that guitarist/axe wielder Ryan Potter orchestrates with apocalyptic power chords and huge crunching rhythms. At times it’s like Kid Strange and Urban Blitz from the Doctors of Madness at their most morose played Overhang Party, or a mogadon’d Peter Hammill jamming with Van Der Graaf’s Graham Smith. Elsewhere, the singular desolation is most reminiscent of the most down down moments of Nico’s THE MARBLE INDEX or even of Jesse Colin Young’s The Youngbloods at their most mercurial. But the Scrapes are still so original their music ultimately don’t sound like nobody but themselves. And just who on Mother Urth [sic] could feel compelled to include a rhythm section in their new band after hearing music this ardently real AND which can be achieved by just two true Motherfuckers? Check out these mental gentlemen at, and tell ‘em the Drude sent ya!" Julian Cope

Welcome to the planet of the Scrapes. Everything that you know has crumbled and your monuments have returned to the Earth. The Metropolis is no more. The pavement is cracked with tree roots pulsing like veins through hills that never end. This is the future you never predicted even when its icy grip tugged at your wrist. There is a real beauty to it though...the victory of nature over corruption...the sound of trees rustling against rusted industry...the cry of birds above the din of ceaseless traffic...a post-industrial caterwaul from the darkest corners of your memory. Our place is dark, but there are cracks of light through the canopy and a different kind of life thrives here. The air is warm but the wind is cold and the horizon never ends. A landscape both familiar and forgotten...ancient yet regenerative. There are no masters here so close your eyes and forget everything you remember.

(Photo by David Collins.