Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears
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"What People Are Saying..."

“Bryan Scary put on one of the most impressive live shows I’ve seen in quite awhile. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen.”
- FILTER Magazine (Nov 1, 2006)

"FOUR STAR track review: Bryan Scary's debut album rocks the candy shop, pillaging it for as many audio confections as possible. It's adventurous, fully fleshed, and catchy as hell-- as indie pop should be."
- Pitchfork (Jan 4, 2007)

“Stellar debut…Incredibly talented...We think he is going to do very well.”
-Perez Hilton (May 20, 2007)

“Scary has mastered the art of mixing beautiful, Fab-Four-reminiscent melodies with indie pop.”
- Paste Magazine (June 27, 2007)

"[The Shredding Tears] is one of the best records released in the last couple of years. There are precious few albums that truly and honestly deserve to be called masterpieces. Bryan Scary's debut is one of them."
-Popmatters (Sept 24, 2007)

“It is absolutely mandatory that you take note of this album. I could definitely see this album ending on many many year end lists.”
- Skatterbrain (Oct 19, 2006)

“Beautifully embellished songs all created by one man.... [This album] is absolute perfection.”
- (Dec 20, 2006)

“I had the good luck of seeing Bryan Scary last night. It’s like a nonstop onslaught orgasm of prog pop.”
¬-Thax Douglas, famed poet (Oct 11, 2007)

“It’s not too often that you stumble upon all around entertainers, but these boys put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.”
-BUST Magazine (Aug 17, 2007)

“Genii, the plural of Genius!”
- Radio Alice, KLLC/San Francisco (Oct, 2006)

“Bryan Scary’s debut, The Shredding Tears, [is] the Sgt. Peppers of 2006.”
- Obscure Sound (Jun 14, 2007)
- Various


"Flight of The Knife" LP - Black & Greene Records
(4/1/2008 Release)

Singles: "Imitation of The Sky," "The Curious Disappearance of the Sky-Ship Thunder-Man"

-Produced by Brian McTear (e.g. Apollo Sunshine, Matt Pond PA)

"The Shredding Tears" LP - Black & Greene Records (2/20/07 Release)

Singles: "The Ceiling on The Wall", "The Blood Club", "Misery Loves Company"

-Three singles from the album were highly ranked at XM radio (Channel XMU)
-Received Heavy Rotation at numerous CMJ Stations
-Featured on AIM Music's Listening Post
-PureVolume's "Pure Pick" and Frontpage Feature



Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears like things big. While they are, first and foremost, a pop band, the Brooklyn-based quintet leaves no stone unturned, mixing elements of psychedelia, classic rock, indie, and prog into their sonic stew. The group has earned glowing comparisons to legendary icons—The Beatles, The Kinks, The Move/ELO, Queen, XTC, Yes, and Frank Zappa, amongst others—as well as contemporary stars—including The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and Of Montreal—all within its first year of existence. Combining classic pop melodies, inventive chord structures, elaborate vocal harmonies, dazzling musicianship, and a quirky lyrical concoction of clever wordplay and outlandish third-person narratives, Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears are poised to claim their own spot in the rich lineage of pop music.

The group consists of Mike Acreman (keyboards/vocals), Brian Bauer (drums/percussion), Graham Norwood (guitar/vocals), David Ostrem (bass/vocals), and Bryan Scary (vocals/keyboards/songwriting). Beginning with their first live show, Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears have attracted a rabid fanbase thanks to their wildly energetic, prop-and-costume-filled performances. Indeed, FILTER Magazine called the band’s October 31st, 2006 live concert debut "one of the most impressive live performances [we've] seen in quite awhile," and Scary and the Tears have continued to pile up impressive accolades for their highly theatrical and somewhat deranged live act. BUST Magazine called the band's August 2007 performance at Union Pool in Brooklyn "the best live show [we've] ever seen," and the group drew raves for its appearance on the popular Over the course of their first 12 months together, Bryan and the Tears have played shows spanning every corner of the continental United States. Their resume to date includes headlining two national tours (presented by PureVolume and FILTER Magazine), showcasing at the CMJ Music Marathon, and playing during the South by Southwest Festival. Early 2008 will see the boys supporting a major national tour, bringing their genre-hopping, mind-bending live spectacle to new fans throughout the country.

Prior to the formation of The Shredding Tears ensemble, Bryan Scary began his recording career as a one-man band, playing every instrument but drums on his debut solo record, The Shredding Tears. The album quickly spread through college/satellite radio as well as the blogosphere, receiving rave reviews from sites such as (who gave the song "The Ceiling on the Wall" a 4-star review) and (who called The Shredding Tears "one of the best records released in the last couple of years…a masterpiece"). Scary's debut even came to the attention of famed celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who called Scary "incredibly talented" and predicted " he's going to do very well."

Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears recently completed the follow-up to this much-celebrated debut. The record is entitled Flight of the Knife, and is due for an April 1st release on LA indie Black & Greene Records. Like its predecessor, the new album is chock full of infectiously catchy hooks and intricate vocal harmonies. A sky-borne song cycle, the record expands upon the original sound, adding the frenetic rock and roll energy of the band's live show to the mix. The group’s musicianship, songcraft, and singular eccentricity will surely earn the attention of an even wider national and international fanbase in 2008.