The Scared Crows was formed in 2018 in North Hollywood, CA by Tyler Forrest. The Scared Crows is a collective and ongoing collaboration between musicians, artists, and fans. The band is known for their satirical and cynical approach to songwriting, often poking fun at popular culture.
How would you describe your music?
It’s something fresh for sure. A mash up of genres. We’ll do a rock night with whaling guitars, then next show we might do something jazzy with pianos. Some people call our songs timeless. It’s all about honest lyrics and emoting through the instrumentation.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We released our first music video, “Harvey Talk”, on New Year’s 2018, so we’re pretty new. But, the project has been in development for about two years. We’ve been jamming around NoHo for about that long. NoHo is a great place for an original musician. There’s always a living room to play in. That’s how we found each together.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
I admire anyone who has crafted their own sound. Musicians who tell stories and really express through their songs. Someone like Willie Nelson or my buddy Nathan Benedict who plays down at the coffee shop.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from every where. Like today, I was walking home from the coffee shop and it felt so amazing outside. I was whistling a simple melody that was stuck in my head all morning. I put a couple weather-related words to it and a song was born. I got home and immediately demoed it.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I’m writing something everywhere I go, but I’d prefer the studio. I tend to spend hours dwelling on song ideas, taking my time finding the groove and melodies. I like to be able to experiment with sounds and various instruments while writing. Sounds and tones can inspire direction, bring out new themes and lyrics. Although, sometimes the best songs come out in hotel with an acoustic guitar.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
It changes. There’s always something new to throw out there. Lately, it’s been a song called “Mercy”. It’s a funky groove with a whaling guitar solo that is just too much fun to play. Belting the vocal on that one feels so good. People like that one, too. It’s guaranteed to make you tap your feet.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I’m dreaming of playing music festivals. To be outside watching the sunset, jamming with my homies would be a dream come true. It would also be an amazing experience to tour with an iconic act like Foo Fighters or Green Day.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I think it’s oversaturated with crap. At least that’s what I see in LA. It’s so easy for people to produce music. Everyone is doing the same thing. It’s also very easy to market yourself on Instagram. People eat up anything that is “edgy”. Although there is an abundance of crap, I do think that offers opportunities for truly unique musicians to stand out.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Washing our hair in sprinklers, sleeping in parking lots, encounters with extreme weirdos. One night, after breaking down in Alabama, we woke up to the cops using our van as cover from some whacko who had just robbed the gas station. They had no idea we were in there. There’s no end to the funny stories.
What are your future plans?
To keep making music, refining our sound, and building an audience. We plan on commercially producing our first album Electric Suicide top of 2019. From there, we hope to take the show on the road. In the mean time, we’ll be jamming around NoHo, making cool videos and stuff.