Scratch Offs at Boggs Social & Supply in Atlanta, Ga. | photo by Lorien Lamarr

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Scratch Offs

Jul 01, 2023

Scratch Offs tickled the part of me that loves early Gang Of Four records. This band will appeal to easily seventy-five percent of mid-to-late Ceremony fans.

Atlanta’s Scratch Offs burst onto the scene at Boggs Social & Supply in June, delivering a blistering post-punk debut. Their aggressive but polished sound and undeniable chemistry instantly impressed. Scratch Offs tickled the part of me that loves early Gang Of Four records. This band will appeal to easily seventy-five percent of mid-to-late Ceremony fans (post 2010).

I’ve often heard it said jokingly that post-punk is what happens when punks finally learn their instruments, and Scratch Offs exemplified this stereotype. Despite it being their second show, they possessed the sound, composition, and chemistry of a much longer established band. I especially enjoyed “Jesus Night” for the guitar-forward, heavy but somehow also danceable riffs in which the influence of Fugazi is evident.

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