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Scratches is a four piece band out of Basel, that was founded in 2010 following the collaboration of theater director and singer Sarah-Maria Bürgin and guitarist and theater composer Sandro Corbat. The two started off as a duo playing obstinate coverversions of known songs, quickly developed their own signature and distinctive style and earned widespread recognition with their debut album «Fade» in 2014. 2017 marks the release of their second album «Before Beyond» and the band, that turned into a quartet with bassist Marco Nenniger and drummer Jonas Prina joining in, is more than ready to conquer the musical world with their timeless sound. With their second album «Before Beyond», which will be released on the Basel based label «Czar of Crickets» at the beginning of January, Scratches go a step further: Written in September 2015 at an old country estate in Brandenburg, the album was recorded by Timo Keller (Hanreti – Studio Vom Dach, Luzern) and Jonas Prina (Tonatelier Ziegelei, Basel) and coproduced, mixed and mastered by Darren Hayne (Shirley Grimes, uva). The ten new songs capture their well-known austere beauty but bring the sound aesthetic to yet another level. Avantgarde pop, melancholic wave, mystic blues? Even though Scratches are still operating pretty far off the beaten tracks of pop- and rockmusic, «Before Beyond» seems to be drawn to the light and the big stage much more than its predecessor.

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