Arthur Hatton was the guitarist of Killer Ellipsis until they disbanded in 2008. He has written solo music under his own name, and under the name A Tremendous Machine. Looking for musical collaborators, he noticed a lack of resources online for LDS musicians who don't write LDS music, and subsequently decided to create Linescratchers, inspired by a line from Low's "When I Go Deaf." Linescratchers first featured interviews from LDS musicians who don't write LDS music. It later expanded to include a podcast and was moved to its own domain name, and later expanded into a group blog that includes news and reviews.