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Scarecrowz

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF | AFTRA

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2000
Band Metal Hard Rock

Calendar

Mar
28
Scarecrowz @ The Rainbow Bistro

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dec
21
Scarecrowz @ Brass Monkey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mar
03
Scarecrowz @ Moose McGuire's

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

May
20
Scarecrowz @ The Cross On Elgin

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dec
16
Scarecrowz @ The John St Pub

Arnprior, Ontario, Canada

Arnprior, Ontario, Canada

Nov
18
Scarecrowz @ Coalition: T.O.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Oct
15
Scarecrowz @ Cafe Dekcuf

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sep
10
Scarecrowz @ Brass Monkey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

May
26
Scarecrowz @ Zaphod Beeblebrox

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Apr
09
Scarecrowz @ House Of Targ

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Feb
03
Scarecrowz @ Shenkman Arts Centre

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nov
21
Scarecrowz @ T'N'T Smokehouse - Bar - Grill

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sep
12
Scarecrowz @ The Brass monkey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mar
21
Scarecrowz @ Mavericks

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nov
01
Scarecrowz @ Maxwells Bistro

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sep
27
Scarecrowz @ Lolas

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Aug
23
Scarecrowz @ Gloucester Fair

Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

Aug
21
Scarecrowz @ CKCU Studios 93.1 FM

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Aug
16
Scarecrowz @ Private Party

Yarmouth, MA

Yarmouth, MA

Aug
08
Scarecrowz @ Cafe Dekcuf

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

May
23
Scarecrowz @ obsession lounge

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

May
14
Scarecrowz @ Greenfields Pub & Eatery

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Apr
19
Scarecrowz @ Duffy's

Dorval, Quebec, Canada

Dorval, Quebec, Canada

Apr
11
Scarecrowz @ obsession lounge

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mar
01
Scarecrowz @ The Brass monkey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jan
03
Scarecrowz @ The Brass monkey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Music

Press


Q1. How did you become involved in this crazy world of music?
A1. Well, there was always music in the house growing up. I believe I picked up on that at an early age unbeknownst to me. It was gradual that I wanted more of an identity for myself and that was through this forum. So, I started writing lyrics when I was thirteen and learned to play guitar at 18 (I was a late bloomer). I practiced my craft before joining any bands and that was key to determining which way I wanted to go musically. I grew to have a passion for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal with bands like Kiss, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin. Once I was comfortable with my guitar playing and singing, I applied for bands. It took me a few auditions before I found the right fit. Since then, I have played with a few groups over the years. I have been the founder, rhythm Guitarist, Lead Vocalist for eighteen years with Scarecrowz and I’m one half of the duo, GASM (together for twenty one years).

Q2. Tell me about the album?
A2. Refuel is great. A culmination of efforts. Written, produced, mixed and mastered entirely by the band. T was a good three years in the making. We’re really proud of not just the songs on it, but the collective of everyone pulling together to make it happen. We had some obstacles (studio changes, technological challenges and band line-up turnover), but were able to persevere through this adversity. We are very happy with the results and it was cool to prove we could do this all by ourselves. I would have liked to have seen it taken a little less time, but these are sometimes the things that people face. Bottom line, we got it done! I think we have a good mix of hard rock and metal material on this album. “The Disciple Principle” and “ABC’s of Death” are pretty intense while we have good old rockin’ tracks like “Octane”, “Chicks in White Pants” and “Rollover”.
Q3. What is the difference between the new release and your previous releases?
A3. For one, band members. This is the first album with Julian and Francis recording in the band. Actually, this was the first time we didn’t have a permanent lead guitarist in the band on the finished product. JL Bourgie did a great job helping out on that part. When we lost our lead guitarist during the beginning of the recording process, Francis connected with JL at a family get together. Just so happens he was looking for something to do, so it just worked out well at least as far as timing went. Also the fact it was entirely a band release was another example. Julian and I wrote most of the material together and that hadn’t happened before on such a level on previous efforts.
Q4. Who are you musical inspirations and what was the inspiration behind the album and the songs?
A4. Musical inspirations for me vary. As mentioned, Kiss. They were the biggest influence on me. Getting Destroyer for Christmas one year and then watching their TV-Movie a few years later sealed to deal. I do love many other artists, but it depends on the scale. I am a huge “sugar pop” fan of Seventies music. Bands like Bread, America and even Neil Diamond have affected me greatly. As for instruments, I am most influenced by Paul Stanley, Roger Hodgson, and Lindsey Buckingham. Vocally, it’s Paul too, but as well Rob Halford, Vince Neil (in the early days) and Robert Plant. When I played bass on the last album, “Uprising” I was influenced by Gene Simmons, Chris Glen and Glenn Hughes.
“Refuel” itself was probably inspired by one of the first songs Julian and I wrote together. That was “Octane”. From there, we combined to write songs about misguided devotion (The Disciple Principle); tenacity (Rollover); vengeance (Blunt Force Trauma) and; a film (ABC’s of Death). With Octane being a strong song, we decided to carry that theme to the artwork. The fact the band needed time to “reload” since our last album; we titled it “Refuel”.
Q5. What are your interests outside music?
A5. I love hockey. It’s in every Canadian’s blood pretty much. I used to play when I was a kid, but it’s very competitive so I decided to focus on music and leave that sport to the professionals. I do like soccer, swimming and a good game of tennis too. I like watching movies. A great source for inspiration. I like all kinds, but Science fiction and historically based ones are what I prefer. I am a history buff, so I do like to read up on that stuff including music artists sometimes. Oh and board games. I don’t get to play them very often, but they are great for social settings. We had a riot playing Risk, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly with friends and family.
Q6. Could you tell the readers about the band and what makes you different from other artists?
A6. The band was formed in the year two thousand. We’ve released six recordings. The idea was to form a band that was moving on from what came before (mainly twelve bar blues and standard tunings). We started writing songs and found that Drop C really hit the mark on what we wanted to achieve sonically. I was trying to write songs that were inspirational and filled with hope.
What I believe makes us different from other artists is our brand of playing modern rock with a classic rock feel. We’re kinda lodged between Metal and a hard rock place. I didn’t want to sound dated, but I did want to retain a familiar rock sound. I think it was a good compromise nevermind the fact I find it easier to sing and play in that key.
Q7. What is the highlight of the album for you and why?
A7. I would have to say it was the collaboration of all involved. Everyone pulling together to make it happen. Each of us brought something to the table that others couldn’t do more easily. Some were better mixers and some did better at mastering. An example was the artwork. The first draft we couldn’t use because of copyright issues, the second one too problematic to convert for online distribution so I hired the same person who did the “Uprising” cover to do this with my concept.
Q8. How are the live shows going and what are you and the band hoping to gain?
A8. Because we were concentrating on the album, JL’s availability was limited and we were looking for a new band member, the shows haven’t been many as of late. We’ve had some great shows though. We opened for Anvil in twenty sixteen. Killer Dwarfs in twenty fourteen. What we’re hoping to gain is more fans and more awareness on the international scene. This interview for one (Laughs). More exposure just leads to more opportunities and along with it more chances for revenue.
Q9. Where was it recorded, who produced it and how long did the process take?
A9. Refuel was recorded at Triole Studios, Le Cave Studios and Studio 45. They are all local to the Ottawa area. It was produced by Scarecrowz, but Julian, Francis and JL did the mixing. Francis and JL did the mastering. It took two years to record from January twenty sixteen to December twenty seventeen. A lot of the writing and demos happened in twenty fifteen, but we took our time this time because it was solely us making it so not tight deadlines to meet. We started at Triole, but about third way into recording we switched to the other two studios after losing our guitarist. They were less costly to use and adequate for this recording. As mentioned, we had some challenges using software so that was another reason it took longer for us than usual. Uprising only took 9 months.
Q10. What’s in store for the future?
A10. Well, we just made some shirts to sell (laughs). Seriously though we have some auditions to setup for the lead guitarist spot. Once we have our full complement again, we’ll be booking shows to promote the new album. We hope to be ready for the summertime. The idea is to support Refuel for the rest of twenty eighteen and nineteen. We’ve already started the writing process for the next album, but it will be sometime before we’re ready to record again. We have a few demos of ideas so far. I expect we’ll be looking at a twenty twenty release which ironically will be our twentieth anniversary of the band’s inception.
Q11. What formats is the release out on?
A11. The album is currently available online since February second. We will be making a short run of CD’s for purchase at shows. Since sales for these have declined over the years, we don’t anticipate making many. We have merch to sell so are focusing on that more lucrative avenue.

www.scarecrowz.ca - Fireworks Magazine UK


Ger Madden interviewed by DJ Thurvo. - KRXM Radio - 4 September 2018


I recently did an interview with ArtistPR. check it out: http://www.artistpr.com/artis…/artist-interview-scarecrowz/…
correction: the soundcloud should be https://soundcloud.com/scarecrowz-2 - Artist PR


From Ottawa, Canada comes the metal outfit Scarecrowz. This is a band that has existed for 14 years and now has about 9 months with their current lineup. Since 2000 the band has twice been voted as a Top Ten band of Ottawa. Scarecrowz is also now endorsed by Steve Clayton Picks & Accessories USA.

I have never been to that side of Canada, but by all accounts the metal scene is rocking and Scarecrowz is one of the bands leading the way.

Frontman Ger Madden has an infectious growl in his voice that channels vocal greats like Lemmy and Hetfield. The growl is there, always present and always awesome. It gives the music style and attitude that is lacking from most. The voice is combined mostly with straightforward rock licks and grooves. Madden is backed by Kevin Mazurek (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Julian Leblanc (bass Guitar, Vocals) and Marc Villeneuve (Drums, Percussion). They combine to make a sound that is somehow both vintage and fresh at the same time.
Madden and his Scarecrowz gang are here today because of their track, “One For the Road” which comes off of their 2012 album Uprising. This is a song I listened to time and again while I narrowed down the 800+ metal applicants to its current list of exactly 8 submissions. I have listened to the track many times and it has not even started to grow old in my mind. If anything, the opposite is true. The track is but one reflection of the amazing sound and work that these guys have going.

This fall, look for Scarecrowz at the first annual “Freakfest” in Ottawa. This looks to be a rock show for the ages that will melt heads and spread the love of metal. It’s the kind of show I wish there were more of.

As we speak, Madden is in the studio working with Scarecrowz on their next album, which he hopes may be out later this year. He hopes to have the first track available for free download sometime long before that.

Stay up to date on their new album and all things going on with their band via the links below. Go to Reverbnation and check out, “One for the Road” and give it some love. Then give them some love. Then tell them they rock and that Coldiron says thanks for helping Wordkrapht and Reverbnation “Rock the Summer.” - Wordkrapht - August 4, 2014


Start At One: KILLER DWARFS And SCARECROWZ Keep The 80's Metal Spirit Alive At Obsession Live Lounge, Ottawa, January 31, 2014... - KNAC, Andrew Depedro


rated 3 stars out of 5. - Aurovine - July 2013


Scarecrowz is a band from Ottawa and the digipak looks professionally done and sounds professionally recorded. Every time the CD goes into the player though so many sounds blare out that it is likely the band members are carrying different influences. Creepsmoke is an instrumental, but after that the multiple sound sources come into play. With many exceptions, the songs are generally comprised of competent guitars, undesirable vocals and the steady beat of the drums, but without notice each mentioned element can transform into the opposite of that description. The songs have variation and distinct elements. Let me demonstrate.
Troubles begins with a Bolt Thrower riff. Scarecrowz actually has a pattern of starting heavy and crushing, but the lyrics of troubles then sing about rock and roll. Right Hand of God begins with a cutting heavy metal riff and some distinct percussion. The vocals suffer or struggle at first before picking up the pace and melody, which suits the singer more. The melodic soloing shows the guitarist is adept. Strange, look at these guys and they look like they drink at the pub and stand around all week doing nothing. That cannot be since these songs are arranged and varied and the disc is a full-length of 46 minutes! Scared Inside has definite commercial potential. It is melancholy but heavy, has a skilled arrangement and backing vocals. For even more sounds, there is D.U.I. which ahs a Guns & Roses start and is a regular hard rock tune. The sound makes sense since the song is the band’s tribute to Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil. The next one is called Alter Of Life. Could it be about a New Year’s resolution? Coffee & Cocaine is probably a great business idea. Its start is like a Rush strum before becoming Poison! Big Black & Beautiful is back to GNR and is presumably about the singer’s old black Chrysler a.k.a. pimpmobile. One For The Road doesn’t exactly end the disc. It could be a Pink Floyd song from circa 1974 before turning before GNR once again. Told you it is all here. Here is more: www.scarecrowz.com and scarecrowzband@hotmail.com. - Anna Tergel - Metalian Webzine, Anna Tergel - January 2013


MARK: 94/100

Although the logo might make one think of a Thrash, Death metal or something similar band, the three Canuck musicians have been dealing with Groove/Stoner metal since 2000; there's actually some occasional energetic (not threatening) Thrash element, yet not enough to stick them into that category.
As far as I'm concerned, this is their fourth studio album, self-produced in digipack, showing fairly good sounds and a satisfactory mixing work; as to the lyrics, they vary from life events, feelings, situations and other mundane topics, with the exception of "Right Hand of God".
The sonic hostilities really start after the mid-tempo propedeutic instrumental "Creepsmoke" with "Angry (2012)", based upon a truly involving main riff and refrain, whereas the axe solo and the final licks sound very R 'n' R. Formidable!
The incendiary riff and the crushing of the wicked bass lines are the fortitude characteristics of "Troubles"; and how do you like the fat kick drum and the echoed vocal effect on a Doom metal riff? For me that'd be already sufficient to put my thumb up, but there's another blazing guitar solo to delight my eardrums and neurones ;)
Assassinated by the opening riff of "Right Hand of God", you can clearly hear the combination of Thrash metal instrumental-wise with Hard rock vocals, back-up vocals and the nth solo soon afterwards.
"Scared Inside" begins melodic, then heavy drums and an electric guitar enter; simply orgasmic the effected vocals siding the other declamatory ones devoid of effects; also interesting is the central instrumental structure, still the act's strength resides mostly in the front vocals and in the backing vocals to embellish the final result. With a big budget this song would have even more powerful drums and perfect vocals and would've nothing to envy renowned bands from anyplace.
Headbanging and volume knob to 11 are a must-do during "D.U.I.", a song capable of revitalizing the limbs of the laziest and weakest to an air-play while listening. Two different vocal effects and another superb metallic solo grace this song inspired by Vince Neil's arrest on his Lamborghini on the long way to Hollywood.
A bit longer than the average for the Ottawans' standards, "Alter of Life" starts with vocals and guitars reminding the gods of Hard rock of the early 90s, notwithstanding it's a sorrowful song, so full of suffering most of the time. If you pay attention a few riffs and vocal patterns are deign of Metallica's post-Black album, even if the voice is way diverse than James Hetfield's. One more pearl set in the digital grooves of this marvellous record.
A lightly amplified guitar and grungy vocals are placed at the beginning of "Coffee & Cocaine", a composition that's going to be dear to the heart of Melodic Punk rock adorers as well as Emo fans, tho the second guitar's licks are more HR.
If Kurt Cobain were alive and was a Metal band's guest vocalist then you'd have a clue of what "Big, Black & Beatiful" is like; don't misunderstand me, the other vocals present here are not depressive at all, so don't expect a Grunge song, it's just a hint of Nirvana's singer here and there.
Scarecrowz have kept their ace in their sleeves for the end of "Uprising": "One for the Road" possesses a pace and a manner of taking the listener over which take the album's title literally!
Finally, "Burning Bridges" is the last upper, proud to kick like an untameable wild horse.
The three-piece is able to satisfy fans of Hard rock and Metal from 13 to 50. The years of experience can be heard and in every moment you perceive the fine art of arranging has been improved to elevated, almost perfect levels. The Canadian veterans are a mean and snarly combo jumping the fence dividing Hard rock and Metal whenever necessary, and they aren't afraid to keep things raw instead of sparkly. Knock you dead!

MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - December 30, 2012 - MARKUS GANZHERRLICH, rockmetalbands.com - December 2012


Up next were the Scarecrowz. They played a heavy set. I loved watching the bass player. It was obvious he was having a blast on stage. - Spotlightottawa, Scott Martin - April 2012


Overdrive Vol 3

Monday June 20th, 2005 :: by joel@supernova.com

There was a buzz in the air at Babylon on June 11, 2005. Maybe it was coming from the hum of Britt Black's Marshall stacks, or maybe it was coming from the excitement in the air about the show ahead. One can't be sure, but one thing that is for sure is that this show raised the bar for the Ottawa music scene. With the regional finals coming around the bend in September, and only two installments of Overdrive left - the bands brought everything they have to the table.

Nothing Comes To Mind started off the evening with roaring renditions of some classic rock mixed in with some of their own originals. These Fan Choice Award Winners from the first installment of Overdrive are not a band to be missed so check them out this summer. And of course they will be at the regional finals.

The evening rolled on with the likes of And Tragedy Forever Rises, a powerful music experience with acoustic bass, heavy guitars, and soaring vocals. They would end up taking up third spot, to guarantee a trip to the Regional finals.

The Euphoria, Epilogue and Nomansland are all amazing bands that everybody in Ottawa should go check out. Although they are different in musical genres, they matched each other in energy and musicality and it was a treat to have them all in one great show. The Euphoria finished in second place. They are all more than likely to be seen at another Supernova show in the near future.

Later Radio Dazed picked everything up a notch with their awe- inspiring performance. This punk band masterfully played their original songs with a new level of intensity. To cap it off they covered Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" with a little bit of a punk flavor. This band left a lot of jaws dropped in the bar, and thus Radio Dazed took first place.

Following Radio Dazed, Ottawa Regional Manager Joel Baskin took the stage to jam out some classic metal tunes, as it was his birthday. Then it was time for the evenings Special Guest, HMR Recording Artist Britt Black.

Britt Black took the stage, and it was easy to see how she got where she is today. She played a rock-solid set from beginning until end and the question on everybody's mind was when would she be back again?

Following Britt Black we also got treated to another Special Guest, Ottawa's own Camp Best Friends stopped in for a set to wish Joel a Happy Birthday. The winners of an installment of "Last Band Standing" last year have gone a long way since their last Supernova gig, and it was more than evident when they hit the stage. This unique band seamlessly meshes so many musical genres together under one roof that most of the musicians in the room lost count. Camp Best Friends are one of the most under-rated acts in Ottawa and won't be flying under the radar for long. So check them out while you can.

After that we had a busload of crazy Hexxt Maniacs from Cornwall! Hexxt let all the fans know that it was all about Living After Midnight with a loud roaring set that let Satan know it wasn't time for bed yet.

After that Rasputin hit the stage, these vets from Overdrive Vol.1 made sure all the fans had a good time as the Rasputin fans were out in full force on June 11. No doubt this was a perfect practice gig for their show and recording time in Toronto on the following weekend.

Finishing up the night were hard-rockers The Scarecrows. They had an amazing set although they were on at the end of the night, you will no doubt be hearing more from these boys at future Supernova shows as they deserve a chance to strut their stuff.

Well their you have it! Overdrive Vol.3 is in the can! For more information on getting involved with Supernova in Ottawa contact Joel Baskin - Joel@supernova.com


- Supernova, Joel Baskin - 2005


CD Review on Underground-Empire.com
by Stefan Glas

SCARECROWS (CDN)
Release
(6-Song-CD: Preis unbekannt)

Es ist nicht schwer herauszuhören, daß diese Demo-CD live aufgenommen wurde. Ich will mich jedoch nicht unbedingt festlegen, ob es sich dabei um einen echten Livemitschnitt mit arg schweigsamem Publikum handelt, oder ob man die sechs Songs einfach im Proberaum ohne Netz und doppelten Boden eingespielt hat. Bedenkt man diese Vorzeichen, muß man der Band für die relativ treffsicheren Backing Vocals beim Opener ›Burnin' In The Night‹ zollen. Außerdem bekommen SCARECROWS für ihren schön altbackenen Hard Rock einen Sympathiebonus. Die Songs indes sind noch nicht bis aufs i-Tüpfelchen ausgearbeitet, doch ist es SCARECROWS auf jeden Fall zuzutrauen, daß die Band bis zu einer "richtigen" Studioaufnahme auch das Arrangement auf den
Punkt bringen. - Underground Empire, Stefan Glas - 2003


Discography

"Wall Of Stone" track on Indiebuzz compilation (July 2001)
"Of Wind and Shadow" Album (December 2001)
"Live At Barrymore's" E.P. (June 2003)
"Release" E.P. (1 August 2003)
"Stitch E.P. (31 March 2005)
"Where Evil Grows" E.P. (30 November 2007)
"Live At Zaphod's" Album (1 April 2008)
"The Best Of" compilation Album (27 April 2010)
"Uprising" Album (26 October 2012)
"Angry" track on Flight of Titans compilation (14 September 2014) - Arm The Pit records
"Reborn" Single (6 November 2014).  Also featured on Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2015, Vol. 3 (January 2016) & (Indonesian compilation, "Brain Infection" - 30 June 2017)

"Octane" single (4 May 2016)

"Chicks In White Pants (19 July 2017) - Advance single from the forthcoming album.

"Refuel" album (February 2, 2018)

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Bio

SCARECROWZ is a Hard Rock band that formed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 2000. Since then, the band has been voted twice as a Top Ten band of Ottawa, won numerous band contest awards and have had airplay on radio stations as far away as The Netherlands, Germany and the southern U.S.  Unlike other local groups, their sound touches on a range of styles including hard rock, southern rock and a little metal with some melodic influences for good measure.  In regards to the band's overall sound and vision, the members of the band have cited many times that they are simply a "straight forward no bull" kind of band.  Don't let that fool you. Their sound is still hard hitting and to the point. The band have done several recordings over the years including their latest album, "Refuel".  Original founding member Ger Madden remains and continues to drive forward the new direction of the band. With bandmates Julian Leblanc on Bass, Reno D'Santie on Lead Guitar and Sebastien Christensen on drums, it's no wonder that they are back and continue to do what they do best.  Currently, the band is rehearsing it's new lineup for shows in 2019 as well as writing for the next album.

Band Members