in April 2012 Jay Sharp joined Chris Gersbecks' band, the Barrens on stage to play bass on 2 songs. The band subsequently asked him to join full-time. Feeling the rhythm section in the Barrens wasn't quite connecting, Jay asked Chris to jam at Astoria Soundworks saying "I'll bring my bass you bring your sticks". Chris instead brought his iPad and in September 2012 the scarfs were born.
Sharing a mutual love for punk, lo-fi and indie rock, Chris and Jay began recording immediately and played a couple of surprise and secret shows under the scarfs moniker while the barrens were still active. The band repertoire quickly grew to over 40 songs so in January 2013 they holed up in a cabin in Woodstock, NY and tracked the drums for 26 songs in just under 35 hours.
With the addition of Archelao Macrillo on drums, the scarfs led a short, but glorious life.
Conceptualized to be released as two albums at once, (a la Use Your Illusion 1 & 2) Ladies and Gentlemen we are the scarfs! and T'wad are now offered here, exclusively, for free, in the wake of the bands demise)
released April 16, 2013
Recorded by Jay Sharp and the scarfs Jan 11- Aug 16 2013
additional production by Eric Claptop (2014)
mastered by _________ ?
Jay Sharp - guitar on all songs except 4, 8 + 12,
lead vocals on all songs except 3, 4, 7 + 9.
Chris Gersbeck - drums on all songs except 11,
lead vocals on 3, 7 + 9.
Natalia McCarty - lead vocals on 4.
Surfer-speak and laughs on 8 by Puke Numbskull.
Track 4 features additional vocals by Jennifer Harmon.
howl on 2 by Whitney.
Bass on 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 + 12 by Chris.
Jay plays bass on tracks 1, 2, 4 + 8.
Guitars on 8 + 12 by Chris.
Casio keyboards on 9 + 10 by Jay,
Programming on 1, 6, 7, 9, 11 +12 by Chris,
and midi on 3 + 7.
Programming and midi on 4 by Jay.
8 + 9 features samples from Pepper Panic Saga by King Games
"Brady Road" was inspired by "The Wreck" by Alvin Schwartz
"Hamburg" is dedicated to RD Mauzy
all songs written by the scarfs
i mean, barfs. Whatever.
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