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Burbank, California, USA
Scaterd Few was a Christian punk band originating from Burbank, California. CCM magazine described their music as “pure punk for dread people,” stating that it was a cross between Janes Addiction and Charlie Mingus.
Scaterd Few initially existed from 1983 until 1984 with a brief stint in 1985. Led by Allan Aguirre, then known as Rämald Domkus, the band recorded an 11-song demo with Terry Scott Taylor (of Daniel Amos fame) as producer in June 1983. Some of the material from this time was later released on their album Out of the Attic. Being unable to sell the material at the time, Scaterd Few went on hiatus in 1985 and Allan left to produce music with another band, Cygnet. This band became the blueprint for Allan's later goth band Spy Glass Blue.
In 1989, Allan began work on Scaterd Few material again with brother/original bassist Omar Domkus. Working with Terry Scott Taylor and Gene Eugene, their first new material was released in 1990 on Alarma Records. Sin Disease was critically well received, though its lyrical content and rumors (of being Rastafarian and not traditional Christian) caused a national pull from Zondervan Bookstores. The band played Christian festivals such as Cornerstone, but they didn't limit themselves to Christian venues. They toured with secular artists such as Bad Brains, and would play at explicitly non-Christian events such as an Earth First event. The band ran into further trouble in 1991 when, in an interview, Aguirre admitted to smoking pot. These factors led to the band being dropped from Alarma's roster.
Their next effort at making an album, which eventually resulted in the 1994 release of Jawboneofanass, was a direct result of the aftermath of Sin Disease. The album was recorded three times. The first time, the band again worked with Gene Eugene and Terry Taylor. This recording was made for the general market under the auspices of Vox Vinyl. The second recording was done with Dave Hackbarth (of the band Undercover) and Terry Taylor for Micheal Knott's Blonde Vinyl Records. Neither of these versions were released. The third version was produced independently with assistance from Mark Rodrieguez of Mortal / Blood fame.
The release coincided with the re-release of Out of the Attic on Flying Tart Records. Out of the Attic is a compilation of material from Scaterd Few's early existence - the 1983 to 1984 time frame. The release shows the roots of Scaterd Few in early 1980s punk rock. The sound is raw and rough, but clearly shows the origin of many of the Few's later sounds.
In the winter of 1995, their manager, Tim Cook, secured a recording contract with Tooth & Nail Records. Artistic direction and personality differences between members caused the band to part ways in early 1996. Allan immediately started working on new material and Spy Glass Blue was officially born.
In 1998 Allan once again rebuilt Scaterd Few with an all new lineup, and Grandmother's Spaceship was released on Jackson Rubio.
Their most recent material, Omega No. 5, was released in 2002 on Allan's own label, Accidental Sirens.
|1990||Sin Disease||Alarma Records|
|1991||Out of the Attic||Sacrosanctus Records|
|1994||Out of the Attic (reissue)||Flying Tart Records|
|1998||Grandmother's Spaceship||Jackson Rubio|
|2002||Omega No. 5||Accidental Sirens|
|2015||Sin Disease (vinyl reissue)||Burnt Toast Vinyl|
Rämald Domkus - Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion
Jamie Mitchell - Electric guitar, backing vocals
Omar Domkus - Bass guitar, backing vocals
Samuel West - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ed Lover - Additional guitars
Greg Flesch - Additional guitars
Greg Lawless - Additional guitars
Jav - Additional BGVs
Produced by Rämald Domkus, Terry Scott Taylor, and Omar Domkus
1991 Sacrosanctus Records
1994 Flying Tart Records (TART1001)