Listening to American Scarecrows’ music feels like late nights spent with your friends in hopeful revels, reflective pangs, and vulnerable heart-to-hearts. The Minneapolis trio - singer-songwriter Seth Davin on guitar backed by the rhythm section of Allen Maier on drums and Matthew Broadbent providing the low end - matches their storytelling with an indie-pop sensibility, rounded out with tastes of folk-rock, country, and Americana.
Their straightforward pieces greet listeners with evolved emotions and earnest solidarity. Bassist Broadbent spent years touring with Somerset (Epitaph/Punknews Records), while Davin and Maier logged many miles touring across each of the lower 48 as half of Dropping Daylight (Sony/Octone). Now the band is reuniting after a three-year hiatus to share the next chapter of their story with the Minnesota music scene and beyond.
This group only makes considered moves and refuses to compromise their craft to fit general one-size-fits-all models or modes. In a CityPages interview ahead of their last album release, Davin simply stated “You can only be the artist that you are” and this refreshing honesty and authenticity resound through their albums, Keep Your Devils Around (2011) and Yesteryear (2014). The band is back in the studio, currently working on their third full-length record. Fans of The Wallflowers, Band of Horses, and The Jayhawks will definitely find a place on their playlists for American Scarecrows.
Yesteryear is described by Star Tribune reporter and music critic Chris Riemenschneider as “loaded with polished, radio-friendly jangle-rock of the BoDeans variety, but there's also a nice sprinkling of violin- and pedal-steel-tinged country-rock and rowdy Gaslight Anthem-style anthemic garage-rock.” As regulars of the Midwest circuit, performing at Minneapolis venue First Avenue with Ike Reilly as well as headlining Basilica Block Party, the band has also shared the stage with Soul Asylum amid their Fly Over Tour (2015) and The Wallflowers at Sioux Empire Fair (2015). In addition, they have provided exclusive support for Cheap Trick, Meat Puppets, Soul Asylum, The Wallflowers, Plain White T’s, The Whigs, Fastball, and Collective Soul.