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An Interview With Scarecrowz

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

A new full length album release from Scarecrowz hits that hard rock vibe with outstanding guitar sections and riffs that both take on that full throttle pure alt-rock sound and do wo with a massive undertone that pulls you in with its presence and powerful songs.

The tracks on the Dusk of Another Dawn album breaks through with deepening riffs and melodic tones to go along with soulfully performed vocals that bear just enough grit and attitude to create characters and paint vivid pictures and it works like a charm.

The songs come in swinging and really lead into some incredible hooks and choruses that you find yourself singing along with after just one go. It's all very edgy but also shows color and style in the heavy and full-bodied metal approach.

These songs are very melodically based but never lose that punch and harder hitting tonality and that also goes for guitar leads, and just that arena rock feel.

And these guys certainly have the arena rock energy, sound, textures, and feels and it only makes you want more. It's welcoming and still impactful.

The record is full of surprises, memorable riffs, and the songs have a way of telling stories.

Scarecrowz has such a vibrant energy and such a classic songwriting approach that it all really feels good to crank out loud.

With such a blast of a release, we wanted to touch base with Scarecrowz to find out where all of this actually came from.

Here's what happened.

Okay so let's start with the Dusk of Another Dawn album. This record has a great metal style to it! Where did this album come from?

The idea for the album came to me years ago. In keeping with the scarecrowz brand, it developed into what the cover is now. It represents the cycles of life. An end to a beginning and a beginning to an end. I designed the cover and the Illustration was done by Rachael Chandler of Artistikvibe whom I found through LinkedIn.

So how did this all begin for you guys?

Even though the band started in 2000 and have had several personnel changes, we have continued to move forward. In early 2019, we were writing new songs and getting ready to start demos for the next album. We promoted our last album, Refuel at the same time that year. When the tour was over, our bassist decided to leave and our then drummer did double duty recording the album at his place with the drums and bass. We then started recording in the JamBarn studio (where we rehearse), but the pandemic came and put a hold on that for a few months. The album was slated for a fall 2020 release, but the album dropped on March 2021. There are 11 songs on it. The Singles from it are “Let’s Party Tonight”, “Skywalk”, “Nightwalker” and “Hangover In Hannover”.

Who is in all your headphones right now?

Oh, it’s always changing. I was just listening to the band Wings the other day. Olivia Newton John too. I’ll Listen to anyone really that catches my ear. I like a lot of newer rock bands like Monster Truck, Royal Tusk, Pop Evil. Our drummer is a big Dream Theatre fan. Our guitarist, likes a lot different music as well.

What inspires you to write a song?

It can be anything. To something I see in the news to personal experience. It can start with just a lyric or a guitar riff. I might have all the music done and then find some good lyrics to fit or have a melody in my head for say a chorus and work around that to flesh out the song. That has even happened because of something or someone even in the band LOL

I'm hearing some great styles on this record. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Well, for me, it’s KISS, but as I said I listen to all kinds of music that influences me. Supertramp to Nickelback. Even pop music. For the others, as mentioned, probably Dream Theatre, Guns N Roses, etc.

What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

Well, we all work of course. You need to TCB to pay the bills. Reno is into playing Soccer or camping in the summer. Aansen works a lot, but spends his time with his wife and family. I, myself like watching history shows, movies, hockey. We all have families so that takes definitely a good chunk of our lives.

Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?

It has to be. I really enjoy teh creative/recording side of things, but playing live is important and probably one of the biggest ways to gain exposure and create new fans. And with time, I think we’ve gotten better at our presentation on stage. Like Tom Jackson said, you don’t just go up and perform the songs, you basically embellish or “play up’ to them. It’ very true. If you want the music, you can go home and listen to it. If you want to see a band, they need to entertain. However they do it, they just need TO do it.

This album feels like a lot of work! What sort of advice would you have for up-and-coming bands out there?

It was a labor of love. We let our engineer, Sebastien take the reins on it. There were some times when we were wondering how many times we had to repeat a guitar part, but I knew that we needed to be happy with the results and we were. Well, I guess it depends if they are paying money for it or someone else. Either way, be goal oriented. Have timelines on when things are to be done and achieve that. Demonstrate the progress every time you go into the studio. For example, we documented the process on youtube: Life is short so don’t waste too much time on things.

What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

Well, we are beginning demos for the next album. We wrote and rehearsed a bunch of new songs this year while still promoting Dusk Of Another Dawn. That might take this fall to finish, while over the winter and spring likely will be the actually album recording. We also are currently looking for a new bassist. Sebastien left the band this past summer and our previous bassist, Julian filled in which was great, but we’re on the hunt for someone who is committed to the band an it’s goals.

Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thank you. Glad you have enjoyed the tunes. We will continue in this vein of rock as that is our niche, but hopefully we will have some new music for you very soon. In the meantime, please check out our past catalogue on all the streaming platforms and contact us on our socials if you want to hear from us, have a comment or just to say hi. Thanks again and Cheerz!

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