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SCOWL and Nuovo Testamento transform “Psychic Dance Routine” into a dark 80 dance pop anthem

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Imagine the musical realm as a playground where genres swing alongside one another, occasionally colliding in harmony. This fall, the quintessence of such collisions materializes in an ambitious cross-genre collaboration that challenges the sonic boundaries of hardcore and synthwave alike. As if thumbing its nose at the conventional, Scowl, the alternative/hardcore provocateurs, enlist the flair of Nuovo Testamento, the synthwave trio known for their 80s-inspired grooves, to breathe new life into “Psychic Dance Routine.

“Music knows no bounds, and we’re living proof. It’s like a parallel universe where hardcore meets disco, and they realize they’re not so different after all.” — Kat Moss, lead vocalist of Scowl

The original track, a linchpin in Scowl’s April 2023 EP—released under Flatspot Records—migrated from the dimly lit, mosh-pit canvases to a neon-infused dancefloor in this audacious remix. Kat Moss’ hauntingly hypnotic vocals find themselves wrapped in a cocoon of pulsating synths and electronic oscillations, metamorphosing the song from a rebellious anthem to a discotheque reverie. It’s less a remix and more a reimagining—what Moss and the Scowl ensemble envisaged as “a dreamlike possibility” while working with Nuovo Testamento.

“I can’t wait for everyone to hear the track reimagined and hopefully dance along,” effused Kat Moss.

Nuovo Testamento reciprocated the enthusiasm, celebrating their hardcore roots while embracing the challenge of converting Scowl’s edgy riffs into a “full-throttle club track.”

“We’re fans of Scowl and are thrilled to share this. We had a blast working with them,” the synthwave trio shared.

As if not to rest on the laurels of this aural adventure, Scowl is revving up their engines for a headlining tour that embarks on a crisscross journey across the United States and Canada. Launching this Friday in Los Angeles, Scowl’s genre-defying act will find company in Militarie Gun’s energetic rock, MSPAINT’s alt-punk vibrations, and Big Laugh’s unadulterated hardcore—each opening on select dates. It’s a panorama of soundscapes, encapsulating the restless spirit that defines Scowl’s whirlwind year, dotted by appearances at internationally acclaimed festivals like Coachella, Reading and Leeds, and Pukkelpop.

Scowl is Kat Moss (vocals), Malachi Greene (guitar), Bailey Lupo (bass), Cole Gilbert (drums), and Mikey Bifolco (guitar).

Tour Dates:

w/ Militarie Gun
* = w/ MSPAINT ^ = w/ Big Laugh

9/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720*
9/9 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction*
9/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge*
9/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad*
9/14 – Dallas, TX @ Cheap Steaks*
9/15 – Austin, TX @ The Ballroom*
9/16 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
9/17 – Houston, TX @ The Compound*
9/19 – Orlando, FL @ Conduit*
9/20 – Miami, FL @ Gramps*
9/21 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall*
9/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
9/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Furnace Fest
9/25 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook*
9/26 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall*
9/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*
9/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts*
9/29 – New York, NY @ The Meadows*
9/30 – New York, NY @ Saint Vitus*
10/1 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
10/3 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa*
10/4 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground*
10/5 – Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary^
10/6 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups^
10/7 – Louisville, KY @ Portal^
10/8 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean^
10/9 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry^
10/10 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb^
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater^
10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Beehive^
10/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder^
10/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Russian Hall^
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project^
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater^
10/20 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project^
10/21 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman^

11/4 – Orange County, CA @ Punk In The Park w/ Pennywise, Circle Jerks

Check out some of the recent live performances from SCOWL:

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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