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The best kept secret in music


"Skratch 3 CRASH & BURN"

Ska…what a fickle genre it can be. Circulating the scenes it tends to be a joke, only because of the mass amounts of kids who learn to play a horn in high school so decide to start a ska band; at least I assume that’s why they all start. So I understand that an indie ska band can be fairly frightening, but Skratch 3 offers nothing to fear. Crash & Burn brings together the best of those ska bands you already love with their own spin creating an amazing party album.

With vocals that hold a resemblance to Sublime’s Brad Nowell and a poppy sound that rivals bands like Reel Big Fish, it’s surprising that some label hasn’t scooped these guys up yet. The album starts with a drum beat and the horns slowly rise in and from then on Crash & Burn is almost daring you to skank around your living room. By the time you get to “I Know,” the second song, you will be bobbing along.

I think that Skratch 3’s strongest suit is realizing that they have an extra advantage of the horn and they use them well. They don’t over-do it, but have written music where the guitars, drums and horns all compliment each other. Tracks like “Something New” and “See This For Yourself” even have a reggae sound and flavour incorporated to show people that these guys haven’t forgotten about where their music’s roots came from.

If you don’t like ska and grew up in the ‘90s, that’s sad and not surprising, but I still suggest you check out this album for one reason. Skratch 3 does an amazing cover of The Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones.” At first you think it can’t work, but these guys have stuck to the song really well while putting their own spin on it. Coming from someone who has heard so many ska covers, she’s is ready to throw something, trust me, “Mr. Jones” now seems to be made for a cover like this.

My only qualm with Skratch 3 is that they have stuck to one tradition in indie (and not so indie) ska bands of writing an album that tends to feel like cheesy love letters written by high school students. After hearing so many tracks about how great she is you’ll cheer when “Shame” comes on and you find out she’s not the perfect girl. You kind of hope their relationship ends in some dramatic fight in the middle of the cafeteria. But as they are still a fairly new band, I am not going to hold that against them. How can I when I’m still dancing around the room?

Track Listing:

1. Not So Fast
2. I Know
3. Make It Real
4. Mr. Jones
5. Something New
6. Feel The Same
7. Happy Freak
8. Shame
9. You’re Sayin’
10. See This For Yourself

- Stephanie Joudrey

© 2006, All Rights Reserved
- Tangible Sounds

"Crash & Burn Review"

There is only one thing Ontario ska fans can say With the debut album by Skratch 3, "About freakin' time". For a band that has been around as long as they have, this album is long overdue. After listening to the cd now...several times, I can assure you the wait was worth it.

Back in 2004 the band won a Battle of the Bands competition sponsored by Long and Mcquade. This was a major factor in obtaining quality recording, and it really shows in this album. Just like it did in The Heatskores disc, the quality of production is able to capture the band's energy.

If the lyrics weren't all about the trials and tribulations of teenage love, I'd say this is a party disc. The horn lines, "ooo's", and energy just make you want to move. If you don't get up from your seat to skank around your room, at the very least you'll be tapping your foot, or drumming along on your knees.

It is apparent they pull influences from all over, which makes for a unique overall sound. For example, there is a slow part in Feel the Same which just screams Mad Caddies.

Standout Tracks

I Know, Make It Real, Something New, Feel the Same, You're Sayin

This is a quality cd that you should go and pick up. Hopefully it won't be as long until they release their second album.

(Posted 2006-01-07)



Crash & Burn
[Independent, 2006]

In a country that's ever-so-filled with rainy days, gloomy skies, and enough snow storms to last anyone a lifetime, Toronto, Ontario's Skratch3 manage to burst through Canada's chilly winter season with a vengeance. Crash and Burn, the debut full-length from the ska-rock/reggae band is a tropical mixtape of exciting melodies, perfectly arranged dual-vocal harmonies, and sing-alongs around every corner. After spending the greater part of this past year putting this debut release together, Skratch3 have finally given themselves an album, and moreso a masterpiece, to burst onto the fading ska scene. If any record holds the power to revive ska music, this just might be it.

The record opens with "Not So Fast", a very danceable, bouncy ska jam. Instantly, the bands knack for crafting an infectious hook is evident, as well as is the superb individual playing ability of each band member. Dual-vocalists Todd Mason (trombone) and Luke Kimmond (trumpet) blend together so perfectly that it almost makes it hard for a listener to differentiate one singer from the other. Additionally, the trumpet solo (courtesy of the aformentioned Luke Kimmond) found in the songs breakdown is phenomenal. Following the opener comes "I Know", and despite the less than inspiring track title, the song is no letdown. The bands horn section, which shockingly consists of only the two players, is placed at the forefront of the mix, allowing for the bands appealing horn lines to take center stage. One thing, however, that makes the bands horn section twice as interesting as the next is the undeniable seperation of the two instruments sounds. It's easy enough for any listener to determine the difference between what Kimmond and Mason are playing, thus creating a rather enjoyable listen. On another level, and by the second track alone, it's safe to say Skratch3 have nailed an almost perfect formula in developing a true third-wave ska record. There's enough power in the heavy portions to draw punk listeners to the record, yet there isn't quite enough to take away from the bands roots at all, or alienate the bands ska sound in the slightest.

The records third track, "Make It Real", is undoubtedly one of the most impressive tracks in place. From the blazing horns in the intro, to the danceable upbeats courtesy of guitarist Ben Payton, to the reggae-infused breakdown, the track is damn-near perfect. Mason and Kimmond once again show off their ability to combine eachothers soulful voices, and the result is beautiful. On "Mr. Jones", the five-piece put their own unique spin on the Counting Crows classic. The most captivating factor is quite easily the bands successful attempts in not only bringing the original gem to a slower, traditional, reggae-esque pace, but as well as speeding up the tempo to all new, fitting heights. Mason's spins on the vocals are incredible well-performed, making it hard to believe that the track is a cover to begin with. Once again, on "Feel The Same", the band shows that they are in no way binded to a particular tempo throughout the course of a few minutes. The tracks verses, which are performed on the slower upbeats, lead perfectly into the power-driven chorus, skyrocketing the tracks speed to a whole new level. Also, as if to secure the transformation, the bridge is more or less a sort of step ladder, with each level turning the pace up a notch.

As the record brings itself to a close, we're left with only the two final tracks, the first of which being "You're Sayin'". Lyrically, the track is straight-to-the-point, but meaningful enough that any listener can take the given words to heart. Musically, the song opens with an unnaturally hard section, though within thirty seconds is brought straight back to the bands rightful territory. Drummer Dic Dickerson and bassist Woody do a fantastic job of not only giving the song an uncomparable driving sensation, but give the track enough power to get any listeners feet moving. "See This For Yourself", the final track on the album, is a tropical combination of island sounds and soothing melodies. Kimmond adds alot to the songs flavour with the incorporation of a beautifully placed steel drum, in addition to his fantastic trumpet ability. Whether it be the humourous clip of a troubled relationships phone call in the bridge, the exquisite instrumentation, or the way the track fades into the sounds of waves pouring onto the beach, the track is stunning from beginning to end. As a whole, it not only brings the record to fantastic close, but leaves the listener begging for what the band has to offer next.

Overall, Skratch3's formula is consistent, the hooks are constant, and Crash and Burn is miles ahead of what anyone could've expected this bands debut to be. This Canadian five-piece have crafted a record that is not only enjoyable from start to finish, but they've included enough infectious harmonies to earn this beauty a spot in anyones record player for years to come. Although 2006 has only began, Crash and Burn has already solidified its place in this years top ten, if not claiming my number one spot. Whoever said is ska is dead might want to take another listen, as Skratch3 are well on their way to becoming the genres next big thing.

__________________________ - Absolute Punk . net


Current album "CRASH & BURN"
Single released to radio : Mr Jones, You're Sayin'


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Described as “a cross between the Barenaked Ladies and Sublime”, Skratch3 hits the stage ska/rock style! With influences ranging from Bob Marley and Steel Pulse to Dave Matthews and Dashboard Confessional, this five-piece group blends scorching horns, infectious grooves and blazing pop melodies.

With Todd Mason on lead vocals and trombone, Luke Kinmond on vocals, trumpet and steel pan, Ben Payton on guitar, Dic Dickerson on drums and Woody on vocals and bass, Skratch3 is a collision of old wave and new age that’s guaranteed to move you..

After sticking it out through raided house parties, dingy clubs and a rusted old van, Skratch3 was eventually called on to share the stage with the likes of The Planet Smashers, Skaface, Kingpins and Mustard Plug. Through finalizing some line up changes, the guys set out to reach an even higher goal, a record of their own.

In the winter of 2005, the guys found Local & Loud; a Southern Ontario wide band war with a full length recording going to the victor. After months of broken strings and sweat stains, Skratch3 rose to the top, and moved into the studio.

Long awaited by the band and their growing following, their debut album CRASH & BURN was released independently in January 2006. Including nine original tracks and one old favourite, the album draws on recent experiences in the ups-and-downs of failed relationships, leading to the inevitable CRASH & BURN.

Never being ones to wait for success to come to them, Skratch3 is now on a mission to bring their sound to ears everywhere.

Booking: Andrew Van Overbeke
Cell: 647 - 588 - 2239