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Scarecrow

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1) Scarecrow was a classic old-school post-punk/goth in the Siouxsie vein, New York City’s Scarecrow highlighted Beth Balousek’s icy, menacing female vocals, wed to tribal drums and spiky, swirling guitar and bass interludes.

Forming at the end of 1983, the quartet known as Scarecrow could legitimately claim to be New York City’s very first gothic band, just ahead of Of a Mesh, and they were a huge influence on later local bands in the same style such as The Naked and the Dead and The Ochrana.

A stellar three-song demo appeared early in 1984, led by macabre maternal waltz “Mother’s Crawling” and its ornate bassline. “Blood in My Dreams” found the band in a haunting dialogue with the deam state, laden with sonic shadows, while on “Concrete Is My Pillow,” a creeping catacomb guitar riff led our heroine Balousek in search of her “fleshless lover.”

After several exceptional CBGB gigs in early ‘84, followed by a notorious writeup in the fanzine Ephemeral Youth, Scarecrow split up.

Additional live Scarecrow material can be downloaded from their Soundclick page

2) A Finnish Horror Punk (or, “Fucking Raw Horror Punkrock Shit” as they themselves describe their music) of the same name also exists; they released their debut CD “Deadcrow” in 2006. www.scarecrow.rocks.it.

3) SCARECROW is also a Japanese band consisting of Michihiro Kuroda (vocals) and Kenichi Ito (guitar), former members of the band Iceman, along with Masunori Ishibashi (bass) and Hideki Mizue (drums).

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