But you build a fan base one person at a time, and we’ve found that most people we’ve met along the way have stuck with us through today.” Outside of being road dogs, the group’s stayed steady in the studio, starting with 2003’s debut The Simple and moving into the following year’s Unreleased Sessions. Come the tip of 2006, the group dropped the EP Interpretation of the Afterwards, followed by the new full-length The Legend of Wild Bill. “Our music has so many different textures, and as we wrote on the back of the newest CD, ‘there are no drums on this album- all instruments performed by Scratch Track,’” muses Lee. “We take pride in the fact that what you hear is exactly who we are and that there are a lot of different vibes that all still gel within our style.” For Lee, that means a steady diet of classic soul stars like Marvin Gaye, plus electronic innovator Beck, while Hamlin often digs deep into the old school Delta blues, crossed with the raucous riffs of Led Zeppelin and introspection of Tom Waits.
Outside of catching on like wildfire with fans, Scratch Track’s catalogue has also permeated literally every facet of pop culture. The group’s vast resume is loaded with soundtrack slots including “CSI New York,” Warren Miller’s snowboarding film “Off the Grid” and Sony Playstation’s “MLB” video game, along with a prestigious performance credit on the Trick Daddy/Ludacris/Cee-Lo collaboration’s top twenty tune “Sugar (Gimme Some).” Given the enormous success in those mediums, Scratch Track caught the attention of Sonicbids, who wound up choosing the group to embark on tours to entertain America’s Armed Forces (including trips to the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and even Japan). “We support our troops and wanted to really give back to them because they’re always in our minds and hearts,” shares Hamlin. “The least we can do is go over there and show them a good time, plus we can bring a piece of America to them, especially those who’ve been overseas for years.” Still the group remains closest to the college crowd and is often the center of campus concerts all across the country. Not only do these NACA Upper Midwest Regional tour veterans (with over 70 schools under their belt) and 2006 Campus Activities Magazine "Brightest Rising Star" Award winners find that audience to be amongst the most opened minded to indie acts, but they’ll also readily embrace an unpredictable musical melting pot that seems to pervade the iPod generation. “It doesn’t matter if it’s two hundred or two thousand people, we just bring out as much energy as we have in us each and every night,” Lee sums up.
“We’re at a point in our career where we’re writing the most determined material to date and we’re having a blast pulling it off on stage. Even though we play hundreds of shows a year, we actually believe in what we’re doing so much that the songs never get old. And neither do people’s comments, which range from telling us how refreshing we sound to the fact they can’t believe the sound’s so big with only two people performing. So we get a lot of repeat offenders, but we’ll be back to their city soon to pick up all their friends to join us for the ride.” Read more on Last.fm.
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