If you can’t fuck or fight to it, it’s no good," proclaims Skrape drummer and band co-founder Will Hunt.
“That’s the context for us. It’s Ota have rhythm and an incredible groove you can shake your ass to.” Up the Dose has all that and more. The band’s second album for RCA finds the Orlando-based quintet in a different musical head space from when they released 2001’s brutal yet melodic New Killer America—which pummeled active rock radio in the States with the singles “Waste” and “Isolated”— and rose quickly to become the twelfth best-selling album in Japan. A festival in Japan, a gig in Korea with that country’s most famous band, Seo Taiji, and a U.S. tour with Disturbed found Skrape playing for thousands of fanatical converts. Skrape songs also found their way into video games, including Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 and their album cover even won awards. Skrape also created their own video for “What You Say,” performance intercut with Japanamation, subsequent to the clip for first single “Waste.” Clearly a motivated bunch of musicians, Skrape also take life lessons to heart, as gleaned in the sentiments expressed on Up The Dose.