Two Pumpkins Show Up At Scratchie Party

James Iha lends a hand at Scratchie showcase. Photo by Matt Carmichael.

There was a buzz around the Metro, but that was the point. The

Chicago indie-rock club was the setting for a showcase for Scratchie Records’

talent, so some hype was to be expected. Of course, when it comes to hype, it

doesn’t hurt to be the label owned, in part, by D’arcy and James Iha of the

Smashing Pumpkins.

The show was loose, played before about 1,000 fans. The

Chainsaw Kittens led off the Scratchie bands (after the unsigned Kid Million

opened) with a casual set, taking requests and making up the set list as they

went along. Singer Tyson Meade, dressed in a shiny shirt that was just a little

too small, got the audience going, along Matt Johnson, one of the most animated

bassists ever. They were joined on their final number by James Iha, and Tyson

took the chance to press the flesh with the young crowd. Eventually, at one

fans request, he took the shirt off and threw it to her.

Fountains of Wayne

were next. They have been getting lots of air play on MTV with "Radiation

Vibe", and you could tell that the audience was getting to know "the radio

song" pretty well. The mood in the crowd picked up as the singer kept reminding

them not to mosh.

But when Fulflej came out the pit opened up...

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