Scarecrow by Decyfer Down on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its first long-player since 2009’s Crash, Decyfer Down confirms its shift away from post-grunge sounds toward a cleaner, more melodic approach that recalls the muscular radio-friendly rock of Bad Company and Foreigner. Singer/bassist T.J. Harris brings classic rock swagger to his role as frontman of this sturdy North Carolina quartet. As before, Decyfer Down grounds the lyrics on Scarecrow in its unshakable Christian faith. Roiling rhythms and crowd-rousing choruses give “Memory” and “Fight to Win” the feel of instant arena anthems. The band stretches out to deliver an angst-filled waltz (“Bleeding Lies”), dips its toes into Southern-style swamp rock (“The River”), and turns down the volume for a straight-ahead praise ballad (“So in Love”). The most risk-taking moment here is “Westboro”: an angry takedown of church-sanctioned bigotry driven home by the searing guitar work of Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts. Harris snarls, struts, and beseeches his way through these tracks, reaching out to the Spirit as he faces down demons without and within, rocking righteously all the while.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its first long-player since 2009’s Crash, Decyfer Down confirms its shift away from post-grunge sounds toward a cleaner, more melodic approach that recalls the muscular radio-friendly rock of Bad Company and Foreigner. Singer/bassist T.J. Harris brings classic rock swagger to his role as frontman of this sturdy North Carolina quartet. As before, Decyfer Down grounds the lyrics on Scarecrow in its unshakable Christian faith. Roiling rhythms and crowd-rousing choruses give “Memory” and “Fight to Win” the feel of instant arena anthems. The band stretches out to deliver an angst-filled waltz (“Bleeding Lies”), dips its toes into Southern-style swamp rock (“The River”), and turns down the volume for a straight-ahead praise ballad (“So in Love”). The most risk-taking moment here is “Westboro”: an angry takedown of church-sanctioned bigotry driven home by the searing guitar work of Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts. Harris snarls, struts, and beseeches his way through these tracks, reaching out to the Spirit as he faces down demons without and within, rocking righteously all the while.

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About Decyfer Down

Originally operating under the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced "all-eyes-on-him"), Christian rockers Decyfer Down create a Wall of Sound with a message. Formed in 2002 around the talents of drummer Josh Oliver, vocalist/bassist Caleb Oliver, and guitarists Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts, the band's melodic and hard-driving debut, End of Grey, arrived on Sony Records in June 2006. The album proved to be quite popular in the Christian community, sending four consecutive singles into heavy rotation on the Internet radio station ChristianRock.net. Caleb Oliver left the lineup shortly thereafter, and former Fighting Instinct vocalist T.J. Harris was enlisted in his place. Returning in 2009 with the Grammy-nominated sophomore effort Crash, Decyfer Down garnered more support from independent Christian rock radio. Additionally, the album's title track was featured in the pay-per-view broadcast of WrestleMania XXV, thus exposing the band's music to a wider audience. The well-received, Fair Trade Services-issued Scarecrow dropped in 2013, followed by a compilation LP, Anthology, in 2014. Drummer Josh Oliver left the fold the following year, and in 2016 the band issued the crowd-funded Other Side of Darkness, their fourth studio outing and first independent release. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Morehead City, NC
  • FORMED
    1999

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