Harnessing the energy of punk rock and old school heavy metal and infusing elements of alternative rock and hints of blues, The Scarecrow Show is a three-piece band from Buffalo, New York. Their self-titled album The Scarecrow Show, released in 2016, is a collection of songs written by Jon Juchniewicz, the singer and drummer for the band. Juchniewicz is joined by his brother Ben on bass and Ray Cook III on guitar in The Scarecrow Show’s recordings and performances.
Up first is "Fear (For Your Life)" which initally starts with warm vocal harmonies but soon gets trampled by a barrage of pop-punk. The trio showcases their technical abilities and the drummer tears it up.
The record has a number of other highlights such as hard-hitting, aggressive tone in “The Working Man,” a power punk anthem proclaiming the trials and triumphs of a modern employee or laborer. Although the song is just less than two minutes long, a ridiculous amount of energy is packed into the blisteringly fast song. Juchniewicz succeeds in maintaining crisp vocals through the chorus of guitar, bass and percussion sounds that flood the listener’s ears.
“The Rat Race” is in a similar vein as "The Workign Man" . Screaming electric guitar riffs are complemented by steady drums, throbbing bass guitar and emotive singing. The vocals find a balance between gravelly punk screaming and melodic singing, alternating between the two throughout the course of the song. A vibrant bass solo in the middle of the song provides a slight respite before the track plunges back into a full-fledged rock band soundscape to end the song with strength.
“Fear (For Your Life)” begins with a slow, rather quiet electric guitar riff before developing a fuller, faster and more ominous sound which leads the way for multiple layers of unfettered vocals and vocal harmonies. The energy continues to build as the song gradually crescendos before finally landing on a lasting, droning guitar chord that slowly fades away.
“Straight and Narrow” ends up becoming a unique blend of blues and heavy metal rock. This catchy song, as well as the other songs, make The Scarecrow Show an accessible and enjoyable listening experience for fans of aggressive rock, as well as exhibiting the band’s natural talent for writing and performing innovative music.
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