NAPTOWN PROPHETS: Skarecrow Jesus takes electro-industrial back into the political mainstream

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If you’ve been around Indianapolis for even a short amount of time you’ve run into Trevor Potts. He’s been part of a seemingly endless array of top-notch musical projects, most notably as front-man of the never-disappointing Sugar Moon Rabbit, and as the ringleader of Indy’s “guerilla psychedelic carnival funk band of outlaws,” Papa Warfleigh’s Funk Revival, among others.

Recently, however, he’s drawn my interest for a new project, Skarecrow Jesus, which focuses on his obsession with late-80s / early-90s Electronic Industrial music in the vein of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. Featuring Potts and Brian Michael Myers, with additional musical support on select songs from select songs from Jason Stovall on bass and Jason Day on guitar, Skarecrow Jesus gives Potts the hyper-political outlet to fuse “[my inspirations from] the ferocity of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, the sexuality of Depeche Mode and Love and Rockets, the mystery of Bauhaus, and the political content of Rage Against The Machine,” says Potts.

In a mere two month span, Potts and Myers have written, produced and released more than 20 original songs on Myers’ Indianapolis-based niL label while recording in Potts’ Rabbit Hole Studios, a schizophrenic series of missives that run the gamut from a searing cover of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” to “Soma,” their pre-election anti-Trump warning which parallels the rhetoric of Trump and Hitler against a deliciously thundering groove. I want to hear Chris Banta and Brother O’ Brother cover this one immediately! A musical earthquake of fault-line shattering proportions would be imminent should this happen.

The band already has two EPs released and available for download on ReverbNation and AppleMusic, and is building a catalog on Spotify for free streaming beginning with “Soma” and the intoxicating “Resurrection (The Only Time)” and they continue to release new music at a dizzying pace. And they’ll make their live debut on January 28th at the Melody Inn (“our Indianapolis home,” Potts says) at Punk Rock Night’s “Justice for Jessie” show, alongside Mr. Clit & the Pink Cigarettes and 9th Circle Symphony. All proceeds from that show’s $5 ticket price will go to benefit the family of Jessie Whitehouse – her mother still seeks answers from police after her daughter was shot and killed in her own home here in Indianapolis last month.

For more information about that show, please visit the Facebook page.

 

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