Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Scarling - So Long Scarecrow Review
by Morley Seaver

Listening to So Long Scarecrow, the new record from Scarling, is like a parent seeing their teenager all grown up and driving off in the car for the first time or hand in hand with their significant other. It’s a funny feeling that’s alternately slightly sad and satisfying. It’s like you just know things have now changed and they’ll never be the same.

The band has changed dramatically since Jack Off Jill. Whereas before, the sound was harder in places with Jessicka often screaming, sort of like an aural transcript of a psychiatric session. This is a more controlled sound and overall, it just sounds like a confident, more polished band. Jessicka and guitarists Christian Hejnal and Rickey Lime are now joined by drummer Beth Gordon and new bass player Derik Snell.

The first track, “Hello London”, is a mid-tempo track with the now-familiar, Scarling-fuzzy guitars and a precious vocal from Jessicka. It’s kind of like sleep-walking in a crystalline forest.

The laser-tipped guitars are slicing and dicing in “City Noise” and they are well utilized on this track, slipping in briefly to thrust and parry, only to dance away after drawing blood. Nice production on this cut (also by Hejnal). A modest guitar sequence kicks off “Broken Record”, along with a subdued vocal by Jessicka. Then those sinister guitars come calling again, riding shotgun with a great chorus.

The fuzzed-out chords on “(Northbound On) Cahuenga” are almost Bowie-esque in the verses (Diamond Dogs era). A short melodic intro (“Teenage Party Letdown”) precedes probably the best cut on the record, “Bummer”. This is the most upbeat (musically) that the band is on the record, and you can do nothing but yield to your feet and dance. Just slightly less bouncy is the following cut “Manorexic”, where Jessicka sounds the best on the whole record.

“In the Pretend World” is one of those morbidly beautiful Scarling songs, touching but slightly offsetting, yet utterly compelling. Equal to the challenge in that category is “Stapled to the Mattress”. “Like a Killer” and “Caribou and Cake” are good songs but fail to hit the lofty heights of their cousins. Fortunately, “We Are the Music Makers” comes crashing in to save the day. The title cut gently turns us out, like the image of a waving figure at the back of a bus as it heads out of town.

Scarling is a far better band than Jack Off Jill ever was, despite all the wonderful memories and great songs from the latter. Jessicka has learned to use her gorgeous voice to its fullest and it is showcased by excellent material. The Christian Hejnal / Rickey Lime guitar tandem sparkle throughout giving the songs a constant live-wire surge.

So Long, Scarecrow is a tremendous record by a band that is only beginning to realize how great their talent is.

CD Info and Links

Scarling - So Long Scarecrow

Label:Sympathy for the Record Industry

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review



News Reports
Day in Rock:
Metallica and Paul McCartney Lead Lollapalooza Lineup- Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Hospitalized For Suspected Heart Attack- Deep Purple Announce Summer Tour- more

Day in Pop One Direction Part Ways With Zayn Malik- Kendrick Lamar Scores First No. 1 Album- Beastie Boys Win 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit- Apology For Taylor Swift Misquote- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Robert Plant and Jack White Jam Led Zeppelin Classic- Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses, Disturbed Supergroup Preview Album- Korn Exited To Play Full Debut Album Live- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley

Album of the Week: Motley Crue's Shout At The Devil

RockPile: Subversion- Jimmy Barnes- Danko Jones

Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

Road Trip: Savannah Stopover Music Festival Rocks on 5th Anniversary

Saxon - The Saxon Chronicles

Obqsequiae - Suspended in the Brume of Eos

Voices - London

On The Record: On the Record: Matthew Ryan's Boxers

Downfall of Gaia - Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay

RockPile: Damn Vandals- The Shams- BP Fallon

Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. 1

Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave

Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts (Album of the Year)

Road Trip: Out of This World: Blast Off For Fun in Huntsville!

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal Interview


Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

Today's Rock News

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

Today's Pop News

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

anti Worthy Links
The Screen DoorsuperLOUDA Journal of Musical ThingsLloyd Zeffler blogDemolish MagNightwatcher's House of RockCJ ChilversDeja VoodooThe 1st Fivethecopycat.bizHard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.