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Minnesota has a TON of very talented bands. Every month Minnesota
Homegrown will highlight one of those local favorites. As music fans
who support the local music scene, simply vote for one of the five choices
in the right hand column. You can vote ONCE PER DAY.
The band who has the most votes during the month will kick off Minnesota
Homegrown for every show of that month. We'll also highlight the
band right here at Rockin101 - dot - com.
Top non-winning band will carry though to the next month's voting.
NOTE: Bands can only carry over one month.
Qualified band should have enough material for a month of airplay on
NOVEMBER 2014 BAND OF THE MONTH
Seth Davin - Vox, Guitar
Matthew Broadbent - Bass
Allen Maier - Drums
Bio: 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. Thatís
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 full time 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. "The Peak," the opening track on the album, is the
band's anthem and battle cry, outlining the trio's evolution as musicians
and men as they proclaim what's worth fighting for. As you venture into
the album, later tracks like "North Country" and "Gods of the West" peel
back to reveal a more subtle sense of direction. Seth writes
straightforward pieces, often immersed in indie-pop with tinges of
old-school country. "North Country" can be deemed the most "country" on
Yesteryear, perhaps due to the addition of Joe Savage on steel pedal, and
is an ode to his roots that grow deep up on the Iron Range. "Gods of the
West" dances around the intensely sharp and creative lyrics, connecting
the audience to the person rather than the audience to the musician.
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.
Itís 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.
November 9, 2014
American Scarecrows "Johnny Took A Jetpack" (
November Band of the Month )
Whither The Tide "Forces Of The Moon"
Hericane Alice "Tear The House Down"
Seazon Of The Fly "Fallen Kingdom"
Windowvine "Zero Line"
( Break )
La Madness "Got Me Wrong"
Bobaflex "Never Coming Back" (
National Feature -
Point Pleasant, WV )
Slave Raider "Youngblood"
The Oddfathers "Whisper In My Ear"
Sin City Escape "Still Here
( Break )
Lance King "Manifest Destiny"
City Of The Weak "Spit It Out"