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No one can accuse Scowl of not being DIY. It’s February when Revolver reaches vocalist Kat Moss, and she and her bandmates are fastidiously driving their van, trailer precariously in tow, by way of Wyoming’s “good snowy, blizzardy climate.” The Santa Cruz hardcore crew have embarked on this treacherous cross-country trek to Philadelphia to hitch Show Me the Body, Jesus Piece and Zulu on tour as a result of, effectively, they reside for this shit.
Scowl’s wintry journey is the newest entry in an unrelenting marketing campaign that has helped the band grow to be one of many leaders of the burning-hot NorCal hardcore scene. Since dropping their acclaimed 2021 debut, How Flowers Grow, it has been a loopy experience. They’ve opened arenas for Limp Bizkit, obtained public help from heroes like Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and later this yr, a lot to Moss’ amazement, they will be enjoying Coachella. “Oh my gosh, I do know!” Moss exclaims of reserving the Cali fest. “When I began a hardcore band, I by no means thought that might even be a possibility we might ever have.”
Despite the accolades and high-profile gigs, Scowl have not misplaced contact with the grassroots punk neighborhood from which they sprouted. The scene’s adventurous spirit is on full show all through their new and implausible five-song EP, Psychic Dance Routine, which Moss says attracts inspiration from among the heaviest, catchiest Nineties outfits — Nirvana, the Breeders, L7 and Sonic Youth — whereas exploring some deeply private material.
Video of Scowl – Psychic Dance Routine (Official Music Video)
“I actually speak about enjoying, being perceived, being onstage,” Moss says of “Opening Night,” which examines the singer’s public persona versus her “shadow self” out of the highlight. “I did not need to overly lean into that as a result of I would like it to nonetheless really feel relatable for individuals who aren’t in that place. But I do assume we take a metaphorical stage in every little thing we do every single day.” Moss has grow to be keenly conscious of this disconnect between notion and actuality, and the fallacy that trying good — whether or not onstage or on social media – is equal to feeling good. “Everyone, particularly with social media and the best way our lives revolve round our pictures, that is the message we obtain.”
The one place that all the time retains Moss grounded is Santa Cruz. Fittingly, once we approached her for this “Favorite Shit” picture shoot, she instantly knew her residence turf needed to be part of it. So, just a few weeks earlier than Scowl kicked off their East Coast tour, Moss led us down Pacific Avenue to indicate off her favourite native hangouts — and shout out a few of her favourite magnificence merchandise. “I used to be fearful for a second that I’d look foolish with a make-up palette, or lipstick” Moss says. “I felt kind of materialistic or one thing. But on the finish of the day, that is stuff that is vital to my identification.”
FAVORITE RECORD STOREStreetlight RecordsI like gathering vinyl. I’m not ready to purchase each single file I like after I see it. So, I positively should be choosy. I attempt to focus on data that I do know I’ll need to play usually, or if it is restricted, a primary urgent, or one thing that I won’t see once more. Streetlight all the time have a very cool choice of data which might be restricted — and additionally they make an effort to help their native scene. They all the time attempt to preserve Drain and Scowl data in inventory. It’s actually cool.
FAVORITE BIRTHDAY GIFToriginal urgent of Pavement’s Brighten the CornersI’m fairly certain I went to Streetlight Records on my birthday final yr. Malachi [Greene], who performs guitar in Scowl, he purchased me the file as a birthday present. I used to be actually excited as a result of I do not actually personal many unique pressings of any data. This is certainly one of my favourite Pavement data, and Pavement is certainly one of my favourite bands. The first tune that I found off of it was “Harness Your Hopes,” which is a B-side off of that file. Pavement give me such a nostalgic vibe after I take heed to them. It jogs my memory of being a child. It jogs my memory of spending my summers within the yard and listening to CDs. It simply offers me that feeling. I like that Pavement has the power to try this.
FAVORITE FAMILY HEIRLOOMgrandmother’s coatOh my god. So that is truly a very particular coat. My mother’s mother, my Oma, lived in Germany. But I knew her. She used to put on this. She was completely kooky. She all the time wore ripped tights, and she had the good type. I’ve loads of stuff from her: jewellery and previous, previous clothes items. She was only a sweetheart. She did not communicate loads of English, however she made it very clear how a lot she beloved me and my sister. Germany may be very chilly in comparison with California, so I do not actually get to whip this coat out fairly often. But it is an actual fur, actual leather-based, Penny Lane coat, and it has been handed down. It’s most likely 100 years previous and it is simply attractive. It’s so cozy, and very, very particular to me. It’s a souvenir.
FAVORITE BLONDIE-INSPIRED FOOTWEARwhite vinyl go-go bootsThey stand out; they’re so shiny. I did not understand that they have been rising into considerably of an iconic factor. I’m simply so impressed by Blondie, Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett. That’s been fairly prevalent once we have been rolling out How Flowers Grow; I used to be actually, actually embracing that. The boots have grow to be this factor, this type of entity. And it is enjoyable as a result of I feel they’re badass boots. I run by way of these boots fairly rapidly. These get changed actually because they simply get beat up. They get so destroyed on tour. The heels break off as soon as you actually stomp round in them. I actually really feel like I’ve such a relationship with them, and it looks like an extension of myself.
Video of Scowl – Opening Night (Official Music Video)
FAVORITE HAIR DYELunar Tides in “Neon Lime”It’s my blissful colour. It was all the time a dream to nail this “Electric Lizard” colour. As somebody who likes to specific themselves with style and make-up, I all the time dye my hair. This time round, I invested in having a hairstylist, Kayla Macadeag, do my colour, as a result of I spent years doing it myself: operating into Sally [Beauty] with a half-bleached head, simply depressing moments. I believed my hair would all the time be frizzy and dry. But I now understand with the appropriate merchandise and routines, that is not the case. The hair dye I exploit, it is like a UV inexperienced. It glows in the dead of night, which is de facto enjoyable onstage in sure lighting. I really feel prefer it’s a very giant extension of my persona.
FAVORITE VINTAGE STOREVirgo ClassicIt’s mainly a curated boutique. As somebody who appreciates thrifting each classic and designer clothes — it is cool as a result of you might have that blend, and it is all very chosen. I needed to focus on Virgo particularly as a result of it is a native enterprise and additionally they take loads of pleasure of their shows inside the shop; they’re very artistic. You can simply come and hang around. We generally have this rush to get right into a retailer, take a look at every little thing, purchase what you possibly can, get out and repeat. But do not be afraid to take a look at every little thing. And discover inspiration in what you want; do not focus on following development cycles.
FAVORITE EYESHADOW PALETTEClaropsyche’s “Butterfly”When I acquired the primary palette, it blew me away how high-quality the colours have been within the eyeshadows. I’d actually by no means used something that good. I used to be hooked. Now, it is form of my go-to palette on tour as a result of it is compact sufficient, it has a mirror and it has all the colours I actually like. The blues all the time have the perfect colour payoff in comparison with loads of palettes I’ve used. Blue is a tough colour pigment to get [right] … And a lot of the pastels additionally actually stand out from loads of different manufacturers. I’ve simply grow to be very religious.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TALK SHIT WITH DRAINVerve Coffee RoastersVerve has made a reputation for themselves within the third-wave espresso world. Before I began touring full-time, I truly had a job at Verve. One of my favourite routines to do when I’m residence and I’ve time to kill is go seize my little oat milk latte and an avocado toast. Last summer season, each Saturday we might meet up at Verve with all of our pals in Drain. There was by no means actually a strong plan, however it was simply very nice to catch up on every little thing — and additionally discuss shit and hang around.
FAVORITE TIKTOK MAKEUP TRENDRevlon’s “Rum Raisin” lipstickSo I acquired turned onto “Rum Raisin” again in spring, as a result of it was traditional TikTok. Some lady was speaking concerning the traditional Nineties lip colours, and it was “Rum Raisin” and “Black Cherry.” I used to be getting bored with the matte lipstick method and I picked it up and it was to die for. I personally have a tough time with too shiny of a purple. But it is a good, more burnt form of sienna purple. I feel it appears to be like good on everybody. The method is simply so creamy, satiny and easy. But it does not bleed like loopy. I imply, Revlon’s been round for some time. There’s probably not any beating it. And it is actually inexpensive. I’m a giant proponent of [the concept] that you do not have to spend so much to really feel good and to look good. I feel if I get too loopy [onstage], it’d smear just a little. I do not thoughts that look — I simply assume it appears to be like fairly badass and punk.
FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY THE SILENCESony noise-cancelling headphonesThey form of modified my entire life on tour. I additionally put on them strolling across the grocery retailer as a result of it is so calming. I virtually misplaced them not that way back. I left them within the inexperienced room, and my good friend grabbed them. I used to be so horrified after I realized I had left them. Swear to god, I used to be about to have a breakdown … then I felt so ridiculous for relying on expertise like that. But wow, they assist me a lot, as a result of I do some-times get very over-stimulated. It’s good to have these to have the ability to try and simply have that silence.
Video of Scowl – Shot Down (Official Music Video)
FAVORITE CULT-INSPIRED DESIGNSHavoc ClothingI love Havoc. [Founder Cheyenne Snider] combines style and a DIY method with hardcore and punk music. She’ll take classic or upcycled items, like silk attire or skirts, and handprint band logos and issues on them. Like this gown, I actually like the colour. I like that silky cream; it is actually tender and so flattering. Scowl did a collab with Havoc final fall. It was so cool. We had by no means carried out one thing so fashion-forward with our merch.
FAVORITE TAROT CARDThree of SwordsThe Three of Swords and I’ve a decent relation-ship. I’m the kind of particular person to tug that card usually, after I really feel my life goes by way of main adjustments. I do not essentially see the cardboard as a foul factor as a result of I do actually respect change — and I intently defend my emotional experiences by way of my progress. Plenty of that ties into our file How Flowers Grow. I used to be pulling Three of Swords; I used to be pulling Death. I used to be pulling cards that represented change, progress and self-realization. I do not view it as unfavorable.
As I get older, and I find out about myself more, I acknowledge my very own relationship with my spirituality is more vital than I’ve chalked it as much as be previously. Starting to embrace that facet of myself a bit more publicly was form of scary. But I spotted I’ve each proper to try this as a result of it is my very own factor.