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The Quietus Interviews John Schmersal About Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & More  

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Stevie Chix, the writer responsible for the phenomenal MOJO piece on Dayton legends Brainiac a bit back, recently interviewed John Schmersal of Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more about Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more. You can read the interview via The Quietus. Thanks, Stevie!

Written by leo on April 5th, 2014

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Crooks on Tape’s John Schmersal Has *Another* New Band • Listen to Vertical Scratchers  

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vertical scratchers

Crooks on Tape‘s John Schmersal is known for his time in legendary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac. When 3RA1N1AC came to an end, Schmersal formed Enon (another singular underground band—named for a rural community near Dayton).

These days, along with jumpstarting COT (with his old Enon bandmate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan), Schmersal has stayed busy playing bass in Caribou and subbing for Eli Janney in Girls Against Boys. Now, he’s formed Vertical Scratchers — *another* brand new band.

Yes, John Schmersal and ex-Triclops!/Anywhere member Christian Beaulieu release the debut Vertical Scratchers album Daughter of Everything on February 25 via Merge Records. Guided by Voices frontman and fellow Daytonian Robert Pollard contributes guest vocals. You can listen to VS’s new album here via Pitchfork Advance until February 24.

Go John, go!


Written by leo on February 21st, 2014

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Crooks on Tape Embark on European Tour!  

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Crooks on Tape’s European tour starts tomorrow (Tuesday, February 18). The band features John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, Caribou) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) + Joey Galvan. They are otherworldly and beautiful. Do it to it, Europe!

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine Cas’Aupa
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit

Written by leo on February 17th, 2014

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Crooks on Tape: Video on Stereogum • Tour Press • On Tour Now!  

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The wonderful folks at Stereogum recently posted the new video for Crooks on Tape’s “If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track two off their debut LP “Fingerprint.” The video premiered last week via VICE.

C.O.T. has also been receiving some fantastic tour press. Here is a smattering below:

…& more

VICE Premieres Video for Crooks on Tape “If Feelings Mean a Thing • C.O.T. Heads on Debut International Tour!  

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The fine folks at VICE premiered the new video for CROOKS ON TAPE ”If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track 2 off their debut album “Fingerprint” (out now on Misra)! Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Bass in Caribou, Plays with Girls Against Boys, Vertical Scratchers, etc.) • Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) • Joey Galvan. C.O.T. is also heading on their first-ever tour, drawing praise from Denver Post, San Diego CityBeat, Cincinnati CityBeat, Portland Mercury, Free Bike Valet, Williamette Week, Seattle Stranger, and many, many more. Dates below.
(((Crooks On Tape: A.V. Club full-album stream)))
01/16/14 • SAN DIEGO, CA • Soda Bar
01/17/14 • LOS ANGELES, CA • Bootleg Bar
01/18/14 • SAN FRANCISCO, CA • Bottom of the Hill
01/20/14 • PORTLAND, OR • Bunk Bar
01/21/14 • SEATTLE, WA • The Crocodile
01/22/14 • SPOKANE, WA • The Barlett
01/23/14 • MISSOULA, MT • Stage 112
01/26/14 • MINNEAPOLIS, MN • Triple Rock Social Club
01/27/14 • MADISON, WI • The Frequency
01/28/14 • CHICAGO, IL • Schuba’s
01/29/14 • COLUMBUS, OH • Ace of Cups
01/30/14 • DAYTON, OH • Rockstar Pro Arena
01/31/14 • NEWPORT, KY • Southgate House Revival Room
02/03/14 • BLOOMINGTON, IN • The Bishop
02/04/14 • ST. LOUIS, MO • The Firebird
02/05/14 • DENVER, CO • Hi Dive
02/06/14 • ALBBUQUERQE, NM • Launchpad
02/07/14 • TUSCON, AZ • Club Congress
02/08/14 • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • Pub Rock Live
02/18/14 • VIENNA, AT • Shelter on Tuesday
02/19/14 • PRAGUE, CZ • 007
02/20/14 • UDINE, IT • The Black Stuff
02/21/14 • BOLOGNA, IT • Covo
02/22/14 • VERONA, IT • Interzona
02/24/14 • HASSELT, BE • Mod Club
02/25/14 • GHENT, BE • Vooirut

Crooks on Tape: New Album on Tiny Mix Tapes, Free Bike Valet, etc, First-Ever Tour Starts this Week!  

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Crooks on Tape have received a lot of great press as of late (below). They also head out on tour THIS WEEK. Dates below. Purchase tickets in advance [link].

Free Bike Valet
Tiny Mix Tapes
Captain’s Dead
The Deli LA
KDHX Song of the Day
Dayton Most Metro
The Fire Note

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 1 

16-Jan-14 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar $10/$12
17-Jan-14 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Bar $10/$12
18-Jan-14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill $10/$12
19-Jan-14 off
20-Jan-14 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar $8/$10
21-Jan-14 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile $10/$12
22-Jan-14 SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett $10
23-Jan-14 MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge $10/$12
24-Jan-14 DRIVE
25-Jan-14 DRIVE
26-Jan-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock $8/$10
27-Jan-14 MADISON, WI The Frequency $10
28-Jan-14 CHICAGO, IL Schubas $10/$12
29-Jan-14 COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups $8/$10
30-Jan-14 DAYTON, OH Rockstar Pro Arena $8/$10
31-Jan-14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House $8/$10
1-Feb-14 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanzabar $6/$8
2-Feb-14 BLOOMINGTON, IN The Bishop $10/$12
3-Feb-14 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird $10/$12
4-Feb-14 DRIVE
5-Feb-14 DENVER, CO Hi Dive $10
6-Feb-14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Launchpad $7/$8
7-Feb-14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress Free show
8-Feb-14 SCOTTSDALE, AZ Pub Rock Live $10/$12

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 2 (Europe)

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine The Black Stuff
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit

Vote for Crooks on Tape! • Nominated for Deli Magazine LA’s “Artist of the Month” Poll!  

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Hey all, we could really use your help. Crooks on Tape (Members: Enon, Brainiac) has been nominated for The Deli Magazine LA’s “Artist of the Month” poll.

If you’d be so kind as to vote for them via this link, it’d be greatly appreciated. Poll is on the right-hand side. They are in first and we wanna keep it that way. Thanks!

Written by leo on December 18th, 2013

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Crooks On Tape • “Crooks On Tour,” Chapter 1  

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CROOKS ON TAPE is john schmersal (ENON, brainiac, bass in caribou, plays with girls against boys, etc) + rick lee (enon, skeleton key) + joey galvan. Here is a full album stream of Crooks’ debut album “Fingerprint” via the A.V. Club.

Crooks On Tape • "Crooks On Tour", Chapter 1    

Date City Venue Country
01/16/14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+.
01/17/14 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Bar United States
01/18/14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/20/14 Portland, OR Bunk Bar United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 1028 Southeast Water Ave.
01/21/14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/22/14 Spokane, WA The Bartlett United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 228 W. Sprague Avenue.
01/23/14 Missoula, MT Stage 112 United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 112 N. Pattee St.
01/26/14 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+. Address: 629 Cedar Avenue South.
01/27/14 Madison, WI The Frequency United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+. Address: 121 W Main Street.
01/28/14 Chicago, IL Schubas United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 3159 N Southport.
01/29/14 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+.
01/30/14 Dayton, OH Rockstar Pro Arena United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1106 East Third St..
01/31/14 Newport, KY Southgate House United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 111 East Sixth St.
02/02/14 Bloomington, IN The Bishop United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: All Ages.
02/03/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2706 Olive St..
02/05/14 Denver, CO Hi-Dive United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+.
02/06/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 618 Central Avenue SW.
02/07/14 Tuscon, AZ Club Congress United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: 21+. BUY TICKETS
02/08/14 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 8005 E. Roosevelt St.BUY TICKETS


What’s this?!?! John Schmersal has two brand new bands… Crooks On Tape (Misra) & Vertical Scratchers (Merge)?!… Yes!  

Posted at 11:45 am


John Schmersal (of Crooks On Tape, Enon, Brainiac, Caribou) is more than making up for not releasing music since Enon fell asleep in 2007. In addition to releasing Crooks On Tape’s debut album Fingerprint with Misra (out now), John started *another* brand new band called Vertical Scratchers. VS also has a debut album — out in early 2014 via the wonderful folks at Merge! Hell yes!

Written by leo on November 1st, 2013

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Crooks On Tape • AllMusic, Ghettoblaster, More  

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Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, 3RA1N1AC) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08) + Joey Galvan

COT’s debut album is called Fingerprint. CD/Digital out NOW! ////// LP/Tape out 11/5.

PRESS for Fingerprint >>