American Scarecrows

We spend so much time dissecting music and pondering what the point in making it is that we sometimes forget that people merely create music because it brings them joy. That’s the most surprisingly pleasant thing about the Minneapolis band American Scarecrows; they do what they love without having to put any other labels on it. The trio, made up of Seth Davin and Allen Maier (Dropping Daylight) and Matthew Broadbent (Somerset), has packed all of the experience of their years into music that tells a story of love, loss, and growth.

Like most developing artists, the band has gone through different members as it solidified their sound. The group began with Seth Davin and former member Kevin Mayer who met while in high school. Davin left school to tour with Dropping Daylight, in which Allen Maier also played drums, forming a bond that withstood many miles on the road. In the meantime, Matthew Broadbent was touring fulltime with his band Somerset. As their paths diverged and eventually came back together, Davin and Mayer began collaborating on some music, which truly was the start of what became American Scarecrows. Refining their songs, the two recruited Maier and Broadbent to define the sound before they finished their debut album and headed to Austin, Texas for a SXSW showcase. Shifting again to another chapter of their lives, the band went through more change, losing one of their core members in July of 2012 when Mayer moved to Denver.

The first single, “Cheshire” off their new album, Yesteryear (June 2014), best embodies the band’s current direction. The song is an unabashedly honest love story about a girl from Northern Minnesota; the piece is a narrative masquerading as a pop song laced with fragile emotion and the buoyancy of young love. As you venture into the album, later tracks like “Outskirts” and “All She Can Say” peel back to reveal a more subtle sense of direction. Depending on where you are in life, each song on the album reaches out and lets you know you are not alone.

The trio transformed their compelling live show with its earnest tales, crafty hooks, and focused purposefulness into a profoundly dynamic yet supremely polished album. Their debut Keep Your Devils Around, released in October 2011, was written in a short span of time and contained many aptly-versed lyrics, and the new album keeps that in mind, yet explores it with a sharper focus on the sonic layers. Throughout the album, confidence is pitted against fragility, making the landscape of the record uniquely complex but an easily accessible snapshot of what American Scarecrows truly is: a beacon of unbounded hope in a cynical world. It’s apparent listening to the three men that the past few years have been that of change, and how they were able to reflect and effectively channel the essence of those changes into their sound is admirable. American Scarecrows is a band that is only now realizing what they are capable of.

Past Shows


Apr
1
st
2016
Turf Club
Apr
1
st
2016
Turf Club

American Scarecrows

with Ben Lubeck and Jim Pullman Band
Nov
25
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
25
th
2015
Mainroom

The Ike Reilly Assassination

with TRAILER TRASH and American Scarecrows
Oct
2
nd
2015
Turf Club
Oct
2
nd
2015
Turf Club

American Scarecrows

with Trapper Schoepp and Edward David Anderson
Jun
5
th
2015
Mainroom
Jun
5
th
2015
Mainroom

Soul Asylum

with Meat Puppets and American Scarecrows
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery

ART-A-WHIRL

with Mark Mallman, Rupert Angeleyes, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
May
7
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
18
th
2014
Turf Club
Dec
18
th
2014
Turf Club

American Scarecrows

with Verskotzi and RuDeGiRL
Nov
26
th
2014
Mainroom
Nov
26
th
2014
Mainroom

The Ike Reilly Assassination

with American Scarecrows and Sam Cassidy
Jun
19
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jun
19
th
2014
7th St Entry

American Scarecrows

with A.M. TAXI and The Usual Things
May
31
st
2014
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
May
31
st
2014
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

The 4onthefloor and Murder By Death

with White Iron Band and American Scarecrows
Jan
24
th
2014
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2014
Turf Club

West of Aldine

with American Scarecrows, THE PEOPLE SAY FOX and The Lost Wheels
Jan
12
th
2014
7th St Entry
Dec
21
st
2013
Mainroom
Dec
21
st
2013
Mainroom

The 4onthefloor

with Communist Daughter, All Tomorrow's Petty and American Scarecrows
Jan
19
th
2011
7th St Entry
Jan
19
th
2011
7th St Entry

American Scarecrows

with Say You Swear and The Usual Things

More Shows

Apr
13
th
Fine Line
postponed

Brandy Clark

Nov
15
th
First Avenue

The Driver Era

with The Wrecks
Aug
20
th
7th St Entry

Peter Bradley Adams

Apr
20
th
Fine Line