Scratching Post were an alt metal band from London, Ontario. They formed in 1992 and released their first self titled debut EP in 1995. This led to a record deal with indie label, Squirtgun Records, as well as their first full length release in 1996. The members were Nicole Hughes, Mark Holman, Jeff Depew and Phil Zeller. The band utilized the video medium to their advantage along with strong radio support from college and alternative rock stations across the country. The song, Bloodflame, from their sophomore release, Destruction Of The Universe, was their biggest hit in 1998. Nicole sings more like Liz Phair or Juliana Hatfield over the band's sonic, pulsating rhythms. It's a great tune. Rob Sanzo was the mastermind behind the knobs for this release. He produced Sianspheric's Somnium release as well (see blog 1/17/11). The band would tour Canada and release one more album in 2000 with Beastmaster Recordings before calling it quits. Nicole would front another band called Minx shortly after and now writes songs for other artists. The album, Destruction Of The Universe, is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Ebay and Amazon between $5 and $25. You can hear the song, Bloodflame, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew9Suyijs44). Thanks for reading and enjoy!