Scary Man­sion: you’ve been thun­der­sticked

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

It’s a won­der that Leah Hayes hasn’t popped up on our radar be­fore now. The Mas­sachusetts mu­si­cian has dueted with TV On The Ra­dio, toured with the band’s Kyp Malone and was in noise-rawk duo Satan’s Fin­gers for a spell.

She’s also a tal­ented writer and il­lus­tra­tor whose art­work has ap­peared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Newsweek and on the cover of McSweeney's Quar­terly.

While she pro­duced mu­sic be­fore as an An­tifolk lu­mi­nary, Hayes is cur­rently in the frame with Scary Man­sion, whose new al­bum Make Me Cry is rather awe­some. A three-piece also fea­tur­ing Bradley Banks and Ben Shapiro, Scary Man­sion make buck­wild mu­sic that is a lit­tle bit punk, a lit­tle bit grunge and even a lit­tle bit folk. That last in­gre­di­ent could be chalked down to Hayes’s “thun­der­stick”, a three-stringed acous­tic yoke sim­i­lar to a banjo.

Make Me Cry is a finely turned out piece of work, with Hayes and co ditch­ing the in­tro­spec­tion of pre­vi­ous mu­si­cal dal­liances for a punchier, more melodic set of tunes. It’s in­die rock with a flea in its ear and hell­hounds on its tail. View­ing highly rec­om­mended.

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