The Scratch

“Not only are The Scratch knocking out some of the best new punk rock in Britain today, they’re a pleasure to watch live too. Everything’s right about them. The sound, the look, the spirit. I’m a fan for those reasons. Onwards and upwards Scratch people. The new album’s f**kin ace!
Clint Boon – XFM

“Onwards and upwards Scratch people. The new album’s f**kin ace!”
Clint Boon, 29.9.09 XFM
Music Response show.

“Teen Idol by The ScratchRocks”
Marco Pironni, The Wolfmen

‘You want the world‘ is a superb narcissistic cutie”,

“Guitar Gold dominated their sound and their set is full of great tunes”
John Robb – Live review at Manchester’s Night and Day music venue.

Grim, Andy, John, Steve, Terry at Fleetville Vintage Emporium 2012
pic by Steve Teague

The Scratch were formed in 2001 and are on an unspecified hiatus and have been since August 2012.

The Scratch are in essence

Pub Rock – energetic, live, sweaty, suit wearing rock’n’roll
Punk – Energy, DIY
Glam & Mod – Flamboyance
Powerpop – Pop

We have Marco’s twang, Johnny Rotten’s eyes, Bolan’s flair, Wilco’s Jerks, Costello’s glasses, Grohl’s power, Youth’s funk, Entwhistle’s rumble, Shelley’s pop, Mischief


Biog to 2010…

Firm believers in the DIY ethic The Scratch decided to release their first single as 7” vinyl only, on their own Ponyland Records imprint in 2002 and gained some good reviews and was stocked by Rough Trade in London. 2004 saw the first album – DIY, (burned at home and sold at gigs).

An amalgum of T.Rex, the Velvet Undergroud and other good things including a big dollop of themselves. The Scratch do eccentric english rock ‘n’ roll, with weird but catchy riffs over the top of it all. At times dark and other times funny, they don’t do po-faced indie thank god! [Marco Pirroni, The Wolfmen, Oct 2009]

“DIY (album title) by The Scratch, as the title of the record suggests, got tired of waiting for the music industry to give them a chance and like many artists we talk about on W&H have decided to make their own way. The fact that they’ve achieved such a diverse yet coherent set of songs and that it sounds so damn professional is to be applauded.”


Following a couple of years of solid gigging in London, second album Night Bus or Milk Train was released in 2006 through itunes and ponyland.

Overall, ‘Night Bus or milk train’ is a fine album. Whilst they draw greatly on their influences, it’s an album that is very fresh, and very now, and one which indicates exactly how much they deserved their title of ‘XFM Manchester’s best unsigned band’.
Natasha Wynarczyk [www.tastyfanzine.org.uk] 

Andy, Clint Boon, John, The Baron, Grim in the Green Room at Versus Cancer 2007,
M.E.N. arena Manchester, pic by Tina Rowen

Andy Scratch and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans in the Green Room at Versus Cancer 2007, M.E.N. arena Manchester, pic by Tina Rowen

Grim, Andy, John, The Baron in the dressing room pic by

Andy Scratch on stage at M.E.N. Arena Manchester 30 March 2007,
pic by Karin Albinsson

Things moved up a gear in 2007 with the patronage of XFM DJ Clint Boon who via a listeners votes competition on his Manchester show offered the band the chance of opening the Versus Cancer show at the sold out 22,000 capacity M.E.N. arena. Opening for the likes of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller The Charlatans, Ian Brown and Echo & The Bunnymen, this led to a live session on Clint Boon’s Exposure show and three further appearances on his Drive Thru and evening session programmes.

“Guitar Gold dominated their sound and their set is full of great tunes” – [John Robb – Live review at Manchester’s Night & Day music venue]

John Robb and Andy Scratch aftershow Versus Cancer 30 March 2007,
pic by Tina Rowen

2008 saw the release of two further singles with the supporting videos being shown on heavy rotation on cable music Channels, numerous Internet and Student radio playlistings and a short promo tour saw supports to The Holloways, appearances on BBC 3 Counties and boutique festival appearances, in the company of Alabama 3, Buzzcocks and Goldblade. A second regional XFM response session with Colin Frances at XFM Wales was also of note. The year finished on a huge high with a spot at the prestigious In the City music festival in Manchester.

‘You want the world‘ is a superb narcissistic cutie”

2009’s highlights included the release of third album ‘Whatever happened to Friday night’… featuring 4 tracks that have all achieved top ten’s in the London Tourdates unsigned chart, with ‘You want the world’ in June/July and Teen Idol in Oct/Nov reaching number 1. Added to this, plays on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 radio show, a live session at BBC 3 Counities radio, numerous regional radio appearances and self promoted local supports to Goldblade and Clint Boon as part of a bi-monthly residency at local venue The Horn in St.Albans (the current buzz town of the uk!)

“Teen Idol by The Scratch Rocks”
[Marco Pironni, The Wolfmen, Adam and the Ants]

We have released 4 albums.

DIY – 2004

Night Bus or Milk Train – 2006

Whatever Happened to Friday Night – 2009
Great Adventure – 2012

Check out the videos here: http://www.thescratch.co.uk

Buy our stuff here: http://www.shop.thescratch.co.uk

The Scratch are currently a three piece rock band from St.Albans. Since the death of drummer Super Terry Cockell.