Today, Santa Cruz. CA-based band SCOWL released their highly-anticipated full-length album, How Flowers Grow, via Flatspot Records. The ten songs on How Flowers Grow could be a masterclass in how to write authentic, 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. You’ll hear sonic inspiration from bands like Black Flag, Justice League, and Negative Approach, just as much as atypical artists like Blondie and Phoebe Bridgers. From the breakneck punk sensibilities on opener “Bloodhound” to the lush melodies on “Seeds To Sow” and raw emotion on the title track, Scowl delivers with a fury and intensity that makes them one of the most exciting bands of their era. You can stream How Flowers Grow everywhere now.
The band also has a run of West Coast tour dates coming up in December with Comeback Kid, No Warning, and Zulu. These will be followed by a string of shows on the East Coast including the For The Children benefit in Brooklyn, NY with Xibalba and Section H8, followed by Philadelphia and Washington D.C. with Fixation and End It. Full tour dates below.
Scowl is Kat Moss (vocals), Malachi Greene (guitar), Bailey Lupo (bass) and Cole Gilbert (drums).
“Led by Moss’ formidable growl, the LP is an awesome burst of aggressive, street-punk-inflected hardcore that also hints at the band’s willingness to channel a diverse range of influences, from Sonic Youth to the Stooges.” – Revolver
“How Flowers Grow is a dizzying, breathless howl of a debut and Scowl look set to make a big noise in the hardcore scene — and possibly beyond.” – Kerrang!
“If you like hardcore that breaks from tradition but doesn’t abandon it entirely, don’t miss this one.” – BrooklynVegan
Tour Dates: w/ Comeback Kid, No Warning, Zulu
12/6 – Las Vegas, NV @ American Legion Post 8
12/7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
12/8 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
12/9 – Anaheim, CA @ Chian Reaction
12/11+ 12/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex – For The Children Festival
12/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Vets Hall
12/15 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s*
12/16 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project*
*w/o No Warning
12/18/2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel w/ Xibalba, Section H8, Soul Blind + more
12/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Fixation, End It
12/20 – Washington D.C. @ Pie Shop w/ Fixation, End It
EU/UK w/ Comeback Kid, Be Well, Devil In Me
01/19/2022 – Belin, DE @ Hole44
01/20/2022 – Hanover, DE @ Faust
01/21/2022 – Bochum, DE @ Matrix
01/22/2022 – Karlsruhe, DA @ Weisse Rose
01/23/2022 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli Pandora
01/24/2022 – Bristol, UK @ Fleece
01/25/2022 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux
01/26/2022 – Leeds, UK @ Key Club
01/27/2022 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
01/28/2022 – London, UK @ The Dome
01/29/2022 – Hasselt, BE @ Muziekodroom
01/30/2022 – Paris, FR @ Gibus
01/31/2022 – Wil, CH @ Gare De Lion
02/01/2022 – Milan, IT @ Legend Club
02/02/2022 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
02/03/2022 – Prague, CZ @ Futurium
02/04/2022 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island