Well, I’m sure that’s how I would describe it if I were more familiar with Bryan Scary’s work. Before I get three sentences into this post, I have to come clean on something: I don’t know every band out there. Sometimes, it actually feels like I’m the last person to know. But I’m okay with that, as long as I get the memo eventually. Today I got the memo on Brooklyn’s Bryan Scary and all it took was the description “Prog-Pop Storyteller” to get me exploring.
What did I learn? Oh, little things like his shows are apparently less like concerts and more like theatrical stage shows with costumes, sets and maniacal stage personas. And that his album Flight of the Knife (2008, Black & Green Records) was wildly popular and received praise by Rolling Stone, SPIN, Pitchfork, etc. etc. I also learned that he’s currently developing an ARCHIE comics musical, which is weird but intriguing enough to mention here.
Most importantly, I learned there are some cases where a blogger (me) should just let the recording label do the selling. I could never come up with the following description of Scary’s forthcoming album Daffy’s Elixir:
The completed DAFFY’S ELIXIR is an epic double album featuring cons, quacks, cow-gal robots, spurned lovers, villains and bandits, all set in the Old West. Euro-centric art-pop meets Spaghetti-Westernisms and old-timey yarn spinning, a unique stew congealed by Scary’s most ambitious musical arrangements yet. With an expanded 9 piece lineup, and a boatload of fresh material, the new and improved Bryan Scary will be crashing into living rooms and stealing eardrums throughout 2012 (and beyond).
There, now you definitely want this album. Here’s a single to seal the deal: