Got a bunch of nice press this year. Thought we’d look back on some kind words…
Al Scorch plays the banjo like he knows the most scenic spots on the Appalachian Trail…click the link for the full interview
At the same time, you know he lives in a time once graced by Jason Molina. Al Scorch has some of that purity about him, sounding like a soul too fragile for the weight of this world.
The Onion A.V. Club
For years, Chicago-based musician Al Scorch has been the living embodiment of how punk’s spirit has crossed over into other genres of music.
Al Scorch is a top-notch storyteller who suggests a poetic version of Studs Terkel, and his music is every bit as strong. If anyone on the current Chicago music scene has the makings of a major artist, it’s Al Scorch.
Chicago singer/songwriter Al Scorch has a sound influenced by old timey country and bluegrass but also raw driving punk. It sometimes sounds like a more bluegrass version of Neutral Milk Hotel
Can’t wait till May13th to hear Circle Round The Signs? A.V. Club has the entire album streaming on their website.
Now that you love it pre-order your own copy in the store
Come ride bikes with us next Saturday! Al Scorch’s Record Store Bicycle Tour! Saturday May 14th Al will be leading a free bicycle tour to five amazing Chicago record stores for five special in-store performances. Ride along to all of them or pick a show in your neighborhood to celebrate the release of ‘Circle Round the Signs!’
noon Permanent Records Chicago (feat. complimentary darkmattercoffee),
1:30 Recklessrecords (Broadway),
3:00 Laurie’s Planet of Sound
4:30 Bucket o Blood
6:00 Logan Hardware (with BBQ!)
Bring your bikes, your friends, your ears, and your party pants.
Photo by Nick Karp
Listen to “Lost at Sea” from Circle Round the Signs over at Brooklyn Vegan!
Pre order Circle Round the Signs (LP/CD/digital) from the good folks at Bloodshot Records! Out May 13!
Wrapped up another great Winter Slumber! See you next year.
Art by Damara Kaminecki
Circle Round the Signs is out on Bloodshot Records on May 13th!
Listen to the first single, Everybody Out, over at PopMatters!
Pre-order available at alscorch.bandcamp.com!
Cover art by the immensely talented native Chicagoan Damarak the Destroyer!
The first of three Sunday afternoon shows at the Empty Bottle
Photographs by Alexis Ellers
I signed with Bloodshot Records here in Chicago. Read all about it over at the Bluegrass Situation!