Scrapes was born on the road. "We were driving to Montreal, in an old convertible Lebaron with flames on the side Devin [Delaney, bassist] bought on Kijiji for a couple hundred bucks and we got the idea that we would kind of do everything backwards," says vocalist and guitarist Lee MacDonald, meaning nailing down the idea of the sound, honing and learning it live.
Gathered from various corners of Canada, for a while collaborating through email and probably bitcoins, scrapes (Delaney, MacDonald, Tom Curry, Matthew English, Caitlin MacFarlane and Kevin MacIsaac) performed its first show at last September's Road to Indie Week: Halifax at the Seahorse. It was a success. "We ended up winning that competition and got a bit of money to go to the next round of the competition in Toronto," says Delaney. So it was back into the car yet again.
Scrapes competed among 250 bands, in an industry bonanza it wasn't yet accustomed to, but the response was positive and gave the band momentum.
"It was an amazing opportunity for us to get to play on some great stages and meet as many music lovers as we did. All our shows had pretty big crowds which we didn't expect going in," says MacDonald. Playing with locals Like A Motorcycle and Take Part were one of the highlights for the local-loving group. "East coast bands have always had a huge influence on us. I can remember when The Joel Plaskett Emergency released Truthfully Truthfully we used to try to play every one of those songs in Devin's basement," says MacDonald.
As a band with a new EP named Lebaron might lead you to believe, scrapes loves a good chassis. "We're really into Toyota trucks, 1980s two-tone trucks, '90s convertibles and old Volvos," says Delaney. Scrapes' sound is driving too, Fuzzed-out guitar, reverb-laden riffs, chugging rhythms and powerful, effects-heavy vocals run the show on Lebaron. Drive your Dodge Challenger to Saturday's show and trade some auto tips.
Scrapes w/ July Talk, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs
Saturday, December 14 at 10pm
The Seahorse, 1665 Argyle Street