Scarling. Current Press
WHO SAYS DISTORTION can’t be melodic? Certainly not the neo-goth rock powerhouses in Scarling, who marry a surprisingly balanced wall-of-guitars to lead singer Jessicka’s birdlike vocals with such a punk nonchalance

it’s a wonder this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often. They just make it seem so easy! On So Long, Scarecrow, the band’s sophomore LP, the five raven-haired hipsters take their precious time, loping through deliriously dark, navel-gazey tracks like the killer “Hello London” before delivering a pop drop-kick on the infectious “Bummer” or the sexy, danceable “Broken Record.”

Through it all, Christian Hejnal’s and Rickey Lime’s axe-grinding lays down the perfect sonic mass behind Jessicka’s haunting chirps, be they mopey or murderous. The crackling combo is driven by drummer Beth Gordon’s relentless pounding, while the fierce bottom line comes courtesy of bassist Derik Snell.

The best part? The album is practically the musical equivalent of an Edward Gorey illustration: ominous and shadowy, but not without a certain sense of morbid joy. Sly lyrics and sarcastic insights pepper Scarecrow’s
dystopian soundscape, proving that Scarling has picked up more than just wardrobe inspiration from vets like the Cure. And let’s face it-has there ever been a better song title than “Manorexic”? — E. Meister — Bust 05'

SCARLING "So Long, Scarecrow" (Sympathy for the Record Industry) • Grade: 3 1/2 Stars

After an excellent, yet underappreciated, final album (2000's "Clear Hearts Grey Flowers), the Marilyn Manson-mentored female rock trio Jack Off Jill dissolved with raven-haired vocalist Jessicka founding the Los Angeles-based goth-rock quintet Scarling.

Jill's material was lackluster at best before their powerful swan song, but that album's pop-rock crossover quality is what made the formation of Scarling exciting and the band's subsequent debut EP, "Sweet Heart Dealer," a bit of a letdown. But Jessicka must require a warm up disc, because on "So Long, Scarecrow" Scarling discovers its own sound, illustrating growth and revealing a quieter, more intimate, yet accessible side. Jessicka's little-girl-grows-up vocals kick off the album with an ethereal rock anthem, which sounds like juxtaposition, but works. From there crunching distorted guitars mingle with cleaner, reverb-heavy tones, foreboding bass lines, and Jessicka's sexy vocals which come across as cold, deadpan sass one minute, vulnerable the next.

With more pop appeal than recent Cure, Scarling balances haunting and hooks like a feminine My Chemical Romance without hardcore punk leanings. More polished than early Jill, Scarling manages to sound both heavy and gentle, without falling prey to predictable (and often dull) goth trappings or recycling '80s new wave predecessors. -- Courtney Devoures -- Charlotte Observer 10/24/05

SCARLING. So Long, Scarecrow (SYMPATHY;
Shoegaze, nü-gaze, eyes raise, hearts race. While singer Jessicka remains the cuddliest sociopath ever to hold a microphone, it’s guitar physicist Christian Hejnal who holds court over these atmospheric rockers’ second album, approximating everything from space-station climates to sperm whales rollin’ on E, all while delivering solid songs. Corgan, watch your effin’ back.."
- Jason Pettigrew, Alternative Press Magazine Sept,2005

"So Long Scarecrow is the second album from Scarling, the band led by Jessicka, formerly of riot-goth legends Jack Of Jill, and it's lovely. In contrast to the abrasive JOJ sound, Scarling work up a wonderfully hazy guitar swirl, reminiscent of post-My Bloody Valentine noise-pop from the Britain of the early nineties. Fodera has always had a knack for acronyms and catchphrases ("Manorexic" is one which will be lapped up by the goth kids) but her intriguing lyrics, sung in a voice pitched midway between Kate Bush sweetness and Siouxsie Sioux stridency, cut deeper than mere punning.
- Simon Price, The Independent On Sunday, London Sept. 4th  2005

"At first glance the name Scarling might conjure visions of a mythical fairytale beast made entirely of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. But be not fooled, this fairytale comes complete with its own heroine: singer Jessicka whose sweetly distressed vocals tell a tale of longing over cannon-like blasts and a lava stream of furiously noisy guitars. So Long, Scarecrow, is a fitting title -they seem to be leaving the beaten body of gothic behind them ( taking a few limbs for good measure ) for this second outing. Scarling's chaotic roar is showcased nicely on “City Noise“, a pop song not to be reckoned with, and “Cahuenga (Northbound On)” hurts in a unresolved, Lynchian way. But lest one think this tale ends with our heroine turning into a morose shoegazer, the light and clever jabs are hidden under the lingering melodies (witness “In The Pretend World” and “Caribou & Cake”) – suggest a princess status after all"
- FILTER MAGAZINE # 17 -Sept 05
Scarling. Press Archive
#204 • JUL 05
LA Times
Aug 2004
Losing Today
#5 AUG 2004
Bust Summer 2004
No-Fi Magazine 2004
FADER Number 21 2004
AP #187 FEB 2004
AP # 184 NOV 2003
AP # 183 DEC 2003
AP #179 JUNE 2003
Status Magazine
# 20 2002
AP #162 JAN 2002