Heavy Haul: Hardcore prospects Scowl hit the pavement supporting OGs Limp Bizkit

Heavy Haul: Hardcore prospects Scowl hit the pavement supporting OGs Limp Bizkit

- By Ramon Gonzales

The Santa Cruz antagonists document one of their biggest tours to date on a diverse bill that blurs genre and generational divides.

Even prior to the release of the band's lauded late 2021 full length debut, How Flowers Grow, the Santa Cruz hardcore collective of Scowl had established their presence as one of the genre's most formative emerging forces. Contrasting a flowery aesthetic with a fiery, frenetic musicality, Scowl straddles a stylistic sense of timelessness while exemplifying modern punk with it's outside box MO.

Of the most widely-shared singles from the debut LP, "Seeds to Sow" and "Bloodhound" assert Scowl versatility - spanning a spectrum that ranges from 90's-era college rock alt to distorted-bass Bay area punk all in the same presentation of tunes.

Anchored by the prowess of vocalist Kat Moss, Scowl needed only a few years to make the kind of impact that saw the band level up from DIY, no barricade shows to capturing the collective fascination of the heavy world. In addition to the band's hardcore acumen and relentless work ethic, Scowl saw their songs resonating with fans in part because of the authenticity that rings apparent. From personal testimonials of betrayal to scathing social commentary, these songs aren't just catchy AF musically - they speak true with equal bite and effectiveness.

It's that balance of style, grace, and guts that landed the band one of their biggest tours to date, supporting Limp Bizkit on a pre-summer big-room trek across the U.S. Graduating to the arena stage, Scowl will step foot and spit their venom on the hallowed grounds of legendary venues like Madison Square Garden - spreading their gospel of modernized hardcore to an unsuspecting fanbase that will almost assuredly become converts.

Chronicling the excitement of such a pivotal moment in the band's career, Scowl have opened up their camera roll to share with Knotfest for a first-hand glimpse of the day-to-day while on the road. Between long haul pit stops, early load-in and capacity arena shows, the following offers a real look at what happens before and after each gig.

Entry 1: "We had to pull over immediately when we saw this store and load up for the rest of the tour."

Entry 2: "This place had some fun roadside attractions we had to mess with."

Entry 3: "Dez is the best merch guy/TM we could ask for on this tour."

Entry 4: "People were ready to go a couple hours before the doors."

Entry 5: "We had to go check out the marquee as soon as we got there."

Entry 6: "Sound checks have been nice to have every night. We are used to shows with no sound checks and you just turn up and go."

Final Entry: "These crowds have been extremely fun to play too! This whole tour has been incredible so far and we are so happy to be on it."

Scowl will spend the summer trekking both home and abroad. The band's tour supporting Limp Bizkit wraps Mid-May on the 15th in Baltimore, MD. The band will then head out on a nearly 30-date club run with Destroy Boys before heading overseas for highly-anticipated appearances at the UK's Outbreak Fest and Germany's Full Force Fest. The complete list of dates can be found below.


w/ Limp Bizkit, $not, Wargasm UK
April 28 - Tampa, FL @ Hard Rock Live
April 30 - Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
May 3 - Norfolk, VA @ Chartway Arena
May 4 - Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center
May 6 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Casino
May 7 - Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
May 10 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center
May 11 - Albany, NY @ Empire Underground* (headline show)
May 12 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 13 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 15 - Baltimore, MD @ Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

w/ Destroy Boys
May 20 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 21 - Portland OR, @ Bossanova Ballroom
May 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
May 24 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
May 26 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr
May 27 - Kansas City, MO @ Rino
May 28 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
May 29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
May 30 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean* (headline show)
May 31 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
June 1 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
June 3 - Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom
June 4 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
June 5 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
June 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 8 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
June 9 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Hall
June 10 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
June 11 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
June 12 - Orlando, FL @ Henao Cultural Center
June 14 - Birmingham, AL @ Ghost Train
June 15 - New Orleans, LA @ Banks St. Bar* (headline show)
June 16 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group
June 17 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
June 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
June 20 - Sante Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

June 24 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ Full Force Fest
June 25 - Paris, France @ ESS'Pace w/ Dare, Zulu
June 26 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ Outbreak Fest
June 27 - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom @ Craufurd Arms w/ Touche Amore
June 28 - Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Clwb Ifor Bach w/ Touche Amore
June 29 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ Chalk w/ Touche Amore
July 1 - Rennes, France @ Superbowl of Hardcore
July 2 - Münster, Germany @ Vainstream
July 3 - Leper, Germany @ Ieperfest

July 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Destroy Boys

Aug 26 + 27 - Calgary, Canada @ Scoped Exposure Fest

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