Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, hardcore punk band Scowl has burst onto the scene as one of the most authentic young voices in the genre, influenced by everything from 80s’ hardcore, punk, and oi to modern alternative pop. Formed in 2019 and consisting of vocalist Kat Moss, guitarist Malachi Greene, bassist Bailey Lupo, and drummer Cole Gilbert, Scowl came out swinging with their fuzzed-out self-titled demo and EP Reality After Reality. Catching the attention of Flatspot Records, the band signed with the label for the release of their critically acclaimed 2021 album, How Flowers Grow. The ten songs on the album are a masterclass in how to write heartfelt punk and hardcore without losing the sense of youthful enthusiasm and fun that makes the genre compelling to begin with. The lyrics are delivered with a biting sense of anger and self-reflection, dealing with everything from personal betrayals to socio-economic strife.
Receiving praise from top music publications like SPIN, Stereogum, Revolver, BrooklynVegan, and a breakout cover story with Kerrang!, it’s no surprise Scowl are shaping up to be one of the most exciting bands of their era. The band has shared the stage with the likes Terror, Comeback Kid, Spiritual Cramp, Young Guv, and Zulu to name a few, and 2022 will find the band on tour with Touche Amore as well as planning for their first performance in Europe. With an undisputed authenticity and intensity found in both their recordings and live show, Scowl has certainly planted a seed for their takeover of hardcore and beyond.