When Leah Hayes accompanies her fragile, cracking voice with the thunder stick, the result is reminiscent of Harry Smith Anthology folk: simple, breaking, and humble. When running it through a distortion pedal, the noisy, feedback-y texture is closer to Royal Trux or Sonic Youth. Leah Hayes's melodies are always beautifully wrought and melancholy, and her voice has the expressiveness and simplicity of Will Oldham or Cat Power. Scary Mansion has toured with Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, and sings on the critically-acclaimed "Return to Cookie Mountain". Earlier in her career, she was half of the noise-rock duo Satan's Fingers, along with front man David Ivar of the group Herman Dune. Hayes recently released "Funeral of the Heart", a graphic novel on Fantagraphics, and did the cover art for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' LP. Every Joke Is Half the Truth (zum023) is Scary Mansion's debut album produced by Kyle Fischer (Rainer Maria).
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