9 track digipak CD.
Leah Hayes is the mastermind behind the Brooklyn-based rock group SCARY MANSION. After playing for several years as an Antifolk singer/songerwriter, Hayes picked up bassist Bradley Banks, and former-Fugue-member Ben Shapiro. She then found herself fronting a wild rock band. "I still write the songs and sing, but I like having boys making crazy noise behind me.
Though Scary Mansion is surely the world's only thunderstick/bass/drums rock trio, the band is most notable for its rare mix of sentimental melody and rocky noise, often likened to Weezer and The Pixies. Hayes's lyrics embody the alienated cleverness of Morrissey or Stephen Merritt. On "Scum Inside", she laments, "When I think of all the scum inside, I just die." On the chorus of "1%", she recites over and over, "You 1% like yourself." And all the while the music goes from clean to distorted, from comforting to explosive.
Scary Mansion's newest record, "Make Me Cry", comes out on Talitres Records in Europe on October 2009.