Scary Chicken, a Western N.Y./Buffalo Band Active from 1989-2002. The band recorded and released 4 CDs and 2 cassettes, and has had songs placed on multiple Motion Picture Soundtracks and National TV shows, most recently on Spike TV''s "Top Dead Center" program.
"Holly Ann" is the band''s most recent release, and was entirely self recorded and produced in the band''s own studio. After 2 national releases through NYC''s Xemu Records, the band decided to take the knowledge and experience gathered from the previous 11 years of recording and engineering in some of the countries best studios and put it to use to create themselves what could be the most satisfying recording the Band has released to date.
The assistance of Producer/Engineer and long time friend, Mike Rorick was used in the final mixing phase of the process. The result is an album that is both a natural evolution of the band''s core sonic values and a return to what made them stand out from the crowd in the early days of Scary Chicken''s existence.
After working with Producers, Label Executives, and Managers for the better part of a decade, Scary Chicken was excited and challenged by the prospect of completing the recording and production of an album themselves, free from external forces and opinions that had caused some tension in a process that should ideally be about creativity and vision, not about ego, control and money. "Holly Ann" is the result of a process free of those external forces, and it is evident in the exuberance and intensity of the performances on this album.
Scary Chicken played extensively in the eastern U.S. throughout the 90''s, primarily between NYC, Chicago, Toronto and Tennessee. The band was the first to tour Hard Rock Cafe clubs from Boston to Miami, and has shared the stage with Weezer, Sloan, Beck, Ben Folds 5, Goo Goo Dolls and Blue Rodeo. The band was invited to play several large outdoor "EdgeFest" concerts, and was selected for Buffalo''s "Thursday in the Square" concert series.
Formed in 1989, Scary Chicken passed through the Buffalo college circuit and its growing club scene, to become one of the area’s most popular alternative bands.
Below is an excerpt from the Band''s 1995 press kit:
Scary Chicken has released a series of self produced and released CDs, including “Something Anymore” and “Flanny EP”, before being discovered in 1994 at New York City’s “Lion’s Den” club by Xemu Records.
“It’s kind of weird how it happened,” says bassist Paul Zacks. “The Label guy came down to see us on a whim, and really liked what we were about. The next thing we knew, he was offering to sign us...”
"We just play as well and as hard as we can, and people like it" singer songwriter Tim Bryant says. "Make music you like, with people you like, for people who like it, and the rest takes care of itself"
“Is That Your Beer?” has already received airplay on 150 college and commercial stations and will soon be supported by an extensive media roll out, while Scary Chicken continues to perform in clubs throughout the Northeast.
The Hoya, Washington D.C. 9/27/96
"... Listening to "Is That Your Beer?" probably makes one wonder whether Scary Chicken''s sound is amicable listening material for a night out dining with your loved ones. Many of the album''s tracks contain hard guitar progressions that would probably sens plates flying off tables.
For the Washington, D.C. show, however, they used an acoustic set that made the tracks come off much lighter.
"The band opened the set with "If I Showered," which they released last month and should soon see time on major radio stations.
The next song was "Can''t Stop It," one of the songs that was written by Greier. This song, like most of those written by Greier on the album, is softer -- more "chick rockish" according to Greier. The other songs on the album were written by Bryant who Greier says writes "witty and insane" pieces.
"Some of Bryant''s hightlights include "Favorite Channel," a powerful, simultaneously poignant love song that was inspired by a remote control button, and "Road to Hell," which he wrote because of his father''s favorite expression: "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."
"This tour shows that Scary Chicken will be playing for larger audiences in the very near future."
Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY 6/27/96
"Prank calls and beer guzzling: It''s all part of playing Chicken."
Artvoice Buffalo, NY 12/4/95
"For anyone who has seen Scary Chicken, you know that these guys are well humoured and quick-witted fellas that take what they can get, and laugh about it.
"The knack for songwriting that exists among Tim Bryant, Tom Greier, Paul Zacks, and Dan "Scary" Braun reaches mammoth proportions. This band has accomplished so much through its determination, hard work, and consistent practicing schedule, yet they aren’t getting the attention that the Goo Goo Dolls or Ani DiFranco have received.
"With two singers, Scary Chicken lays down sweet harmonies and rocking melodies over sometimes heavy guitar licks and interesting chord progressions. With songs like "Furburger", "Nuke The Whales", and "Tip Your Bartender" also included in Scary Chicken’s repertoire, the fun, cynicism, and wit sometimes catches you off guard. This is what makes the band great though: great music combined with fun, zanyness (Tim Bryant has been known to ask the audience if he can spit down someone’s throat for fifty cents!), mystery (Paul had his car - or should I say, "grocery-getter" - stolen right before Scary Chicken was to hit the stage at Broadway Joe’s a while back!), and atmosphere.
"As Scary Chicken is symbolic of the Buffalo Music scene, I have hopes and confidence that the chickens are on to bigger and better things. Many of their fans are die-hards and new people are always impressed.
The Buffalo News 6/16/95
Local Record Pick
"Is That Your Beer?" by Scary Chicken Buffalo band on Xemu Records, an independent label out of New York…The Chicken cooks with the jangling guitar rock on the opening cut, "If I Showered". The beat picks up on the hard driving "Cementhead". Scary Chicken adds a touch of country pop to "Can’t Stop It" and displays a tough edge on "Found". The group pounds away with power on "Locked Up". This album proves the band is ready for the big time with a national release."
Night-Life Magazine 6/5/95
"Scary Chicken, and 11-song CD called "Is That Your Beer?" with live introductions, occasional crow noise, an intermission and a secret 33rd track.
"The spoken intros give the impression that this might have been recorded live in concert, an impression reinforced by the rawness of the sound. A check of the liner notes, however, reveals that all this seemingly messy spontaneity was actually laid down in a studio. Well, make that three studios.
"Scary Chicken has a marvelous sense of what makes a pop tune click. Everything they write seems to have a melody and a clever chorus."
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