Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Songs of Baron Samedi unleashed early 2015!

Greetings all,

So the announcements you've all been waiting least the minor versions anyway...many more details to come.

From our new friends CONQUEST OF NOISE records:

I've been sitting on this album for quiet sometime now and very proud to announce that THE SCRAPES third album "The Songs Of Baron Samedi" will be released on Conquest Of Noise Records next Autumn 2015. It's dark, haunting soundscapes will put you into a trance or in a scene of a disturbingly beautiful movie. People have compared them to "The Dirty Three". Personally the only thing I see in common is the use of the violin. One comparison that came to mind though was "The Necks". If you've seen the Australian movie "The Boys" you'll know what I'm talking about. Live they drag you to another place thats hard to leave. They're probably the most unique band in Australia. They have raised their own personal bar with "The Songs Of Baron Samedi".

That's right the new album "The Songs of Baron Samedi" will receive a vinyl release from local Brisbane label Conquest of Noise in the first half of 2015. It promises to be very special indeed.

"The Songs of Baron Samedi" will also be unleashed on our Northern Hemisphere fiends in Cassette Tape form through the brilliant SOFT ABUSE records early in 2015.

Both of these releases will have some distinct you should buy them both.

Much much more on this soon.

Until then. Enjoy the Yule festivities or whatever it may be you celebrate/commiserate. You'll be hearing from us...

Adam und Ryan
Das Scrapes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

L'Ex Ethiopiques

Great video.

Don't forget 2 gigs this weekend, and our final aktionen for the year.

13 Dec, The Scratch Bar, Park Rd, Milton, Brisbane, Australie. FREE. Come all damn night. We're on at 8pm and play for about 90mins. This is the big one. Don't miss it. Yule rite for the thunder Gods.

14 Dec, The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australie. $10, 5pm. We're on first.

See you soon or not at all.

Announcements on the release of our new album The Songs of Baron Samedi coming very fucking soon. Listen to samples HERE

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scratch 13 December

Hello there fiends,

Here upon thy mantle I place a new poster and a reminder.

GIG 13 December, The Scrapes at the Scratch
8pm - 9:30pm
Out the back of Scratch Bar
8/1 Park Rd, Milton, Brisbane, Australia

Don't miss it...just don't. It's FREE for fuck's sake.

The following night we will also play at the Globe Theatre for a Viola Cloning Project event. EVENT PAGE HERE.

There will be announcements very soon with regards to the new Scrapes album The Songs of Baron Samedi. Just sit there with baited breath til we get back to ya.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nuns in the Sky

This playlist of underground Kiwi instrumentals from the Flying Nuns label is fucking amazing. Listen and watch.

Gig tomorrow night 22 November at Johnny Brown's
Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Open all damn night Scrapes on at 9pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Another Scraping This Saturday 22 Nov

Hello again all,

Next aktion is this coming Saturday the 22nd November with another FREE performance in Brisbane. This time at the relatively new Johnny Brown's on Wickham St in Fortitude's up next to Vietnam House and all the mountaineering stores...that spot....near the Brisbane Activist Centre sort of thing...anyway be there or be irrefutably square. 


22 Nov
Johnny Brown's
Valley, Brisbane, 138 Wickham st

And here is the completely mental poster designed by our own Ryan Potter:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scraping Today

Today 16 Nov 2014
The Bearded Lady, West End BRISBANE
+ Curlew (album launch), Amateur Childbirth

We Scrapes on around 7:30pm. Starts 7pm. FREE

Be there. Don't forget the police state has made it hard to get around so give yourself some time. Ps. this event has nothing to do with any G20 anything.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


A reminder that we have a gig this coming weekend....that's right G20 The Bearded Lady in West End with Curlew for their "Animal Urges" album launch.
Sunday 16 November
The Bearded Lady

Be there to drink away the tear....gas....

Friday, November 7, 2014

Spit on the Cross and the Law

And remember bastardos we are playing very soon in Brishell once again. Come and take a load off after some civil disobedience on

Sunday 16 November at the Bearded Lady, West End, Brisbane 8pm, Curlew "Animal Urges" album launch. We'll be on first we reckon. FREE entry.

22 November at Johnny Brown's, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 8pm. FREE entry.

13 December at The Scratch, Milton, Brisbane, 8pm. FREE entry.

Don't miss it. Songs of Baron Samedi album release announcement coming real motherfucking soon. Stay on the edge of those seats.

Merci touts les mondes,
Les Scrapes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

16 November Gig Details


HERE are some more details for the upcoming Curlew album launch of which we Scrapes shall be participating in.

And here is the poster:

Don't miss it! As stated earlier we will also have a gig on the 13th of Dec at the Scratch Bar in Milton, Brisbane and also a fresh announcement is a gig at Johnny Browns in the Valley set for 22 Nov. See you on the 16th...

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Album Nearing Completion and Some Gigs

Hello All,

The new album is nigh upon us....that's all we're gonna say about that for now....

Fresh gig announcements:

16 Nov - Curlew album launch, The Bearded Lady, West End, Brisbane. More details TBA.

13 Dec - A Scraping at The Scratch, Scratch Bar, Milton, Brisbane. 8pm. FREE.

Here's Curlew's album to listen to to get you all excited and shit.

You'll hear from us again soon enough....mark my words...

Les Scrapees

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Psychedelic Magnifying Glass

Here's a microscopic breakdown of the proceedings for PSYCH NIGHT tonight:

Doors: 5:00pm
Dead Sun: 7:00 - 7:40
Hobo Magic: 8:00 - 8:40
The Scrapes (1st Set): 8:40 - 9:00
Magenta Voyeur: 9:00 - 9:45
The Unofficals: 10:05 - 10:50
The Scrapes (2nd Set): 10:50 - 11:15
The Grand Rapids: 11:15 - 12am
House of Giants: 12:20 – 1:00

That's right double Scraping of the synapses. 

Serafini Chains, Bowen Hills is the venue. Look it up.

That is all.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Next Aktion: 30 August PSYCH NIGHT

Poster says it all really. It's wrong on one point though and that is the location. It is instead on at a venue in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. Here's the FB event page! 

We Scrapes will be doing a couple of sets in between bands. If you've seen any of our live aktions of late then you know....Don't miss it!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Live Collaborative Aktion Tonight 23 August

Limited space! This one's another Brisbane Fringe Festival event. All infos here:

A brief Scraping in a dark misty corner.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Aktion Tonight 22 August!

Tonight! Live performance aktion at The Bearded Lady, 138 Boundary St, West End, QLD. 

Set times
7 - 8:30 .......... DJ Gatling Gun
8:30 - 9:15 ..... The Scrapes
9:15 - 9:45 ..... DJ GG
9:45 - 10:30 ... Primitive Motion
10:30 - 11:30.. DJ GG

And it's free entry. See you there!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Live Delay For All Tonight

Hello travellers to The Scrapes' planet,

Exciting news for those of you who dig what we do but live far away from Brisbane! Our local radio station 4ZZZ 102.1 FM, and their excellent Live Delay programme are broadcasting an entire live set from our recent residency at The Bearded Lady, a bar in Brisbane's West End. This is an unusual chance for our distant listeners to hear us in our most intense environment...a dark corner at the back of a pub...

It will be broadcast 8PM Australian Eastern Standard Time tonight, Friday the 15th of August. 

It will then be put up in the on demand section at the Zeds and as it appears on the Live Delay blog I imagine they'll put it up as a soundcloud stream as well...

Sections of this performance have been re-recorded in the studio recently for inclusion in our new album The Songs of Baron Samedi. See if you can figure out what we think are the choicest cuts from this delicious living creature...

Listen hard!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Scrapes Forensics

A huge thank you to all who came along to the final residency performance at The Bearded Lady on Sunday night the 27th and an extra special thanks to those dedicated comrades who came to every one of the know who thou art.

Thee nexte Scrapes performance is later in August. The 22nd for that matter. ONCE AGAIN at The Mighty Bearded Lady in Brisbane's only mostly PUP-free area West End. This time it's a big one for the BRISBANE FRINGE FESTIVAL and we're pairing up with the excellent PRIMITIVE MOTION to bring you some cutting-edge sonic brainstorm....whatever that is...even we don't know...I just made it up then. Doors around 8pm and it's FREE.

The following day we Scrapes will be involved in THIS

THEN THEN THEN on 30 August we will be performing at the annualish Psych Night at an undisclosed warehouse location.  If you know what this is about you know what this is about. It looks to be huge.

That's right we will be busy busy in August. To top it off we will hopefully be sifting through the captured sounds from our residency gigs in order to complete our beast of a new long-player THE SONGS OF BARON SAMEDI which promises to take you to places our previous records hadn't even heard of yet.

OK here's some more photos from our residency performances brought to you by the excellent Reuben Warburton. Indeed he's even responsible for that wonderful pic you no doubt saw when you headed here....the one up there...scroll's some more...

Will bring you some more photos in the near future dear reader/listener to keep you from getting bored/mental before your next Scrapes fix. 

See you then,
Dr Adam

Friday, July 25, 2014

Final Residency Performance at Bearded Lady

Dear Scrapes fiends,

Our final residency performance is upon us at The Bearded Lady in Brisbane's West End. 27th July. This coming Sunday. FREE. First set at 4pm. Second at 6:30pm.

HERE is a write up of last week's gig with some photos.

And here are some photos from the brilliant Reuben Warburton from last week's performances.

Don't miss the next one. See you Sunday!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


INTERVIEW with yours truly over in the The Music Brisbane edition. Pg 28. Read IT. INTERVIEW with Ryan in Scene magazine too. Same topic. REMEMBER tomorrow afternoon it begins. THE SCRAPES RESIDENCY AT BEARDED LADY WEST END BRISBANE AUSTRALIA 2 sets 4pm and 6:30pm. Don't miss any of them. 13, 20, 27 July. FREE.


The poster is up there....scroll up.... These performances may or may not be recorded for the upcoming The Songs of Baron Samedi album release to be released hopefully before the year is out.

More gig announcements coming soon particularly to do with Brisbane Fringe Festival and after....


Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Interview!

An INTERVIEW in last week's Scene magazine with Ryan has appeared on on Interview back there...go on.

THIS SUNDAY. 13 July, THE BEARDED LADY, West End, 4pm and 6:30pm. 2 sets. FREE. The beginning of a residency every remaining Sunday in July. See you there.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tony Irving & Adam Cadell collaboration OUT NOW!

Out now on Duskdarter! A collaboration between Scrapes guitarist Adam (me) and non-linear drummer Tony Irving. Free download! All details revealed at the Duskdarter site and bandcamp...including the involvement of the other Scrape in making it sound as good as it does.

The launch is this Saturday, 5 July, at the Waiting Room, Browning St, West End, Brisbane. 8pm. $10. Also playing will be Kahl Monticone releasing his new set of recordings also on Duskdarter and another Duskdarter stalwart Built From Sticks. Come and see the vibrant, incestuous, Brisbane new music underground at its best!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Regrets and Rebirths

We regret to announce that the previously advertised support slot for Dune Rats album launch on 28 June has been cancelled. The Scrapes will no longer be performing at this event. Due to an unfortunate, if honest, mistake on behalf of the booker, we are no longer on the bill. This is entirely out of our control and we apologise to any comrades who may have pre-purchased tickets. We at this stage have no idea how you would redeem the ticket cost (if you want to, we're sure the other bands would be great to see!) as it is not in our control. If you have any enquiries in this regard we can only recommend you contact Dune Rats or The Zoo directly for advice.

To lighten the mood we can happily announce, however, that we will be performing along with the brilliant Primitive Motion, at the Brisbane Fringe Festival on 22nd August at our trusty Bearded Lady. More details on this one soon!

Adam & Ryan

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Portal

This is pretty much what growing up in Brisbane does to your of the best things to ever come out of this town....the totally undefinable Portal. Used to see them from time to time live in the murky smoke-filled confines of Her Majesty's Basement, a metal pub (no longer exists) in the Queen st mall. Was a wild pub and a strange, swirling black mass of a band. They're sort of Death Metal but really there is no genre that truly fits this, so if you can get past the growls and the crunchy guitar tone it is some truly strange and experimental (emphasis on mental) musick....

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


This weekend 31 May, a collection of individuals, including me, will perform as the opener for a gig at The Waiting Room, Browning St, West End, Brisbane. We are Secret Black. You are not.

For anyone who knows what I'm talking about this is an important event because Ambitious Lovers are playing for the first time in of the first bands Ryan and I played with from memory...and that was at the Waiting Room (then Browning St Studios) as well! Not to mention St Augustus!! Who is Cam Smith...they guy who mastered the vinyl version of Kali Yuga Sunrise....told it was all very mysterious....



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why you should see us Live...

Decided to post this sideways image of a live review in The Music of our aktion at The New Globe Theatre in Brisbane last weekend. The gist is that we were good.

As a sidenote tomorrow night I will be playing with new music ensemble KUPKA'S PIANO at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art in Fortitude Valley tomorrow night the 23rd of May followed the next week by a performance as a member of Secret Black (constituents wouldn't be secret if I told you all about it) at the Waiting Room, 31 May. And Ryan has some Maryettas action coming up in June. We will no doubt complete recordings for the new Scrapes album...or at the very least do some more in the coming weeks. More on that stuff soon....

AND further in the future I will be releasing a duo of drum and violin free improv madness with Tony Irving on 5 July through Duskdarter....all details on that fucker to come soon....


ps. everyone should listen to TisDass

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bearded Lady Residency

The Bearded Lady, a venue in West End, Brisbane is hosting we Scrapes for a residency throughout most of July.

"Very excited to announce The Scrapes are going to be resident at The Bearded Lady in West End throughout July starting Sunday the 13th. Come shake the Saturday Baron off your back for a Sunday session with your favourite renegade mind melters."

That's me quoting myself on Facebook. Poster and other info to come but basically all you need to know is this:

13, 20, 27, July. Bearded Lady, Boundary St, West End. 2 Sets every one of those Sundays. 4-4:30, 6:30-7pm. And it's FREE. They sell good beer there and it generally has a great atmosphere. Perfect for Scrapes. We'll probably DJ some serious secrets in between the sets and there will no doubt be a multimedia element to the event.

Just come. HERE IS the facebook event page. 

Also TOMORROW NIGHT 17/05/2014 at THE NEW GLOBE THEATRE!!! Supporting The Stress of Leisure and Infinity Broke for their album launch tour. 8pm.

Don't miss any of this if you can. We Scrapes could fuck off into the ether at any moment.

ps. we will soon be recording more stuff for our new album The Songs of Baron Samedi.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Scrapes YouTube Channel


Decided we need to consolidate Scrapes propaganda film industry into one place for ease of browsing.

It's here:

Go and subscribe.

And big fuck-off announcement for people living in or around Brisbane.


The Bearded Lady
West End, Brisbane.
2 sets each one 13, 20, 27 of July.
First set 4:30pm
Second set 6:30pm

Come and get your synapses Scraped on a Sunday eve.

Fuck the LNP, LNC or whatever insidious other name Abbott's government goes under!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mizutani & Sagbohan

I have a much grittier version of the Sagbohan with some weird keyboard effects but couldn't find it anywhere so sorryoo. Mizutani on guitar in the first video is one of The Scrapes gods...known most infamously for his work with Les Rallizes Denudes. As for Sagbohan...I just love his work and made sure I had some of his tracks on my phone when I travelled around Benin last year. Beautiful vodouns music.

But what am I trying to say with this combo of videos....up to you to decipher.

See some of your faces on Saturday night. And don't forget there's some serious announcing coming up and you will soon enough be able to hear a new Scrapes piece on a Sonic Masala compilation in the nearish future...probably..

Dr Adams

Saturday, May 10, 2014


We'll do a proper news update sometime soon but this is a just a quick hello to say our next Gig is

17 May
The New Globe Theatre
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
with The Stress of Leisure and Infinity Broke (it's their album launch)
8pmish probably.

Not sure what tickets cost but it's going to be a killer night and Ryan and I will freak everyone out as usual. Don't miss it.

We also have this gig coming up:

Supporting the Dune Rats at their gig at the Zoo once again in Fortitude Valley on the 28th of June.

After that....well we have all sorts of exciting things happening including a lot of gigs at a certain West End establishment....announcements on that one'll be in your face don't worry.

One big thing coming up is the release of a new album by an ensemble that's been kicking about since I got back from Ghana...a duo between myself and Tony Irving on drums (Ascension)....Void Frontiers...some serious violin and drums free jazz brutal as Brotzmann and as tear-jerking as Jenkins. The album will be out as a download only number on Duskdarter Records, 5th July with a launch at the Waiting Room in West End with artwork by Melbourne-based artist Tom Reddington.

THIS is what Tony does to drums:

See you at a gig and keep your eyes stuck to this space for more updates and other bullshit.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Live footage from our performance at the Beetle Bar last Saturday the 3rd May at PsychHighWay 3. Had no idea we were being filmed. Cool videos....particularly the second one. Nice detail on my Dagbamba smock. Since I played the Northern Ghanaian Gonje or Gondze fiddle on Saturday night I thought I'd best pay my respects and wear the appropriate traditional wear. I bought that bad boy under a tree down an alley somewhere in Tamale off a UN driver's cousin. Anyway respect and love to the cultures and traditions of Ghana. As for Ryan he's wearing the traditional tasseled shirt of the Karaoke Cowboy.

We have quite a few gigs in the Brisbane area to announce coming up that we're very excited about.

Next one is 17 May at the New Globe Theatre in Fortitude Valley with The Stress of Leisure and Infinity Broke (featuring former members of Bluebottle Kiss and stuff).

Other gigs to announce will be in June and're gonna see a lot of us soon. Just look at these can't afford to miss us right....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tonight 3 May BEETLE BAR live

Hello Scrapes fiends,

Here's a reminder of our performance tonight at the Beetle Bar, Upper Roma St, Brisbane.

8pm doors
$12 Tickets

Scrapes on second around 9:15pm. Other artists are The M-Humm, The Silver Dollars and The Unofficials. A night of deep psychedelic stuff or something. It'll be heavy, it'll be not heavy.

Not to be missed.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Scrapes gigs since 2012, Brisbane, THIS WEEK

Dear fiends of Scrape,

This week sees the live appearance of we Scrapes in Brisbane for the first time since 2012. This is not to be missed.

First we have a quiet one tomorrow night, 30 April 8pm, FREE at The End, 73 Vulture St, West End. This will be a droned out warm up for the big one:

3 May - Psych High Way 3 at the Beetle Bar, Upper Roma St. 8pm. $12/$10.
I know I don't have to tell those of you who bother to read this site but I'm going to get on my high horse anyway: no two Scrapes gigs are ever the same. Come to both.

From what I've heard the other groups are going to be brilliant as well. Don't miss this never know when we might disappear into the ether once more....

Dr Adam

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Violin Nerds - and Ryan nerds - Pay Heed

Hello Scrapers,

So while we Scrapes are working away at new pieces I would like to point something out to any of you who are jonesing to nerd out on all things obscure and violin. I have another blog called UNDERGROUND VIOLIN at which I post various ramblings, videos, essays, audio whatever pertainig to radical and underground violin music of all types. I keep it separate so as to not bore the shit out of those Scrapes followers who don't care much for knowing the quantity of rosin used on a northern Ghanaian Gondze bow in 1867. For those of you who do:

Go here:

and sign up for the newsletter etc so you know when I get inspired to post something...which is quite often really. Latest post is about South African Zulu Township Jive fiddle music....incredible stuff!

I also place updates on my solo stuff and there's a page dedicated to that there as well.


And while you're at it why not leave the occasional comment here and there. Be good to know who's reading this fucking thing...

ALSO ALSO ALSO Ryan has just brought out a collection of NEW SONGS in solo form HERE

While you're there order a Maryettas "Great Australian Rope Trick" tape before they're Long Gone.

Can't wait to Scrape your faces off at some upcoming gigs.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Scrapes New Album in the Works

Dear Scrapes fiends,

We trust this message finds you all well. It's been a long time between posts on this website but so what.

So The Scrapes have been in hiding recording new pieces which will make up the new Scrapes album hopefully ready for release sometime this year. One of the tracks will most likely appear in a compilation of sorts for a label of sorts that we can't really tell you anything about now but we'll let you know what's going on when the time is right.

One thing we can tell you is that the new album will be a dark journey with a new percussive element (NOT a drummer) that will freak you all out more than ever. Along with this new direction are the usual sparse La Monte Young drone outs and doom of the sexiest variety but all progressing along into uncharted territory. Trust've never heard anything like some of this shit before....

In the future we will also be playing some gigs around Brisbane and hopefully elsewhere. If you're overseas and following us please do get in touch via email planetofthescrapes (at) gmail (dot) com and buy us a plane ticket or 5 so we can come and blow your minds.

If you haven't already google copies of our albums Electric Mourning Blues and Kali Yuga Sunrise and try and pick one up from a trusty record store as soon there will be none! We still have Kali Yuga vinyl in stock at the POTS store so stop on by and order if you need it.

See you at some gigs.....

Les Scrapes

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Archdrude Speaks on Adam Cadell Solo

Hello all,

So as this blog gets increasingly neglected I must implore all to look up The Scrapes on facebook for more direct and constant updates. We definitely have some things coming up in the New Year!

So on a Scrapes related note there is a gig happening here in Brisbane tonight with yours truly Adam Cadell and the down downerhome cuntry of Mr. Jackson Reid Briggs of Nikko and The Maryettas infame.

2 Jan
The End
Up From The Swamp - Adam Cadell + Jackson Briggs

Don't fucking miss it. And here's another reason why. Mssr Julian Cope el Archdrude supreme has run across my solo works which you can find HERE for a small donation or even free if you're a cheap bastard. He's given me a very nice little write up in his New Years Drudion over HERE

Here's an excerpt: "Anticipate instead the rural joys of Henry Flynt’s bucolic hoedown-a-thons but enlarged into La Monte Young levels of monotony, or imagine even an unaccompanied Tony Conrad embarking on a Faustless OUTSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE. For this single meditation remains at all times on course, even when Mr Cadell’s instrument takes on a curious French horn timbre." Julian Cope, Head Heritage

Here's the poster for the gig tonight: