Heavy Haul: Scowl debuts in New York at the Garden and goes apeshit with Limp Bizkit - Knotfest
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Heavy Haul: Scowl debuts in New York at the Garden and goes apeshit with Limp Bizkit

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Culture on May 19, 2022

The band revisits the surreal party with the Bizkit, $not, and Wargasm UK on one of the country’s most historic live stages.

It’s been a whirlwind year for hardcore unit Scowl since the 2021 debut How Flowers Grow. The Santa Cruz crew quickly became one of the community’s most championed bands. With an effective contrast of their flowery aesthetic ignited with a venomous tone, Scowl tours punk attitude and live instrumentation in a way that positions the band at the head of the class of heavy music’s new school.

Bolstered by elements of 90’s-era alt, Bay area punk, and hardcore ‘fuck you’ in their body of work, the band’s infectious sound has been a direct hit with a broad range of fans. Any further prove of that is obvious given their most recent concluding tour. Earning an opening spot on their biggest tour to date supporting Limp Bizkit, Scowl have transitioned small-space sensation to big-room ready with one spring stretch of dates.

READ SCOWL’S SECOND TOUR DIARY ENTRY – HERE

Documenting the day-to-day of such an important milestone for the band, Scowl have opened up their camera roll to share with Knotfest for a first-hand account what life looks like in between tour stops. From truck stop dinners, dressing room moments and sharing the stage with legends like the Limp, the following tour diary frames tour life through the lens of the band themselves and revisits what it was like to play New York for the first time… at fucking Madison Square Garden!

Photo by Dez Yusuf 

Greene – This tour was something more than any of us ever thought would happen. We got to play arenas as a hardcore punk band from Santa Cruz and do so with one of our favorite bands Limp Bizkit. Walking into these places we were always so in awe of how big the rooms were, and to the point where we had to mess around a bit.

Photo by Dez Yusuf

Photo by Jessie Rose

Greene – One of our favorite shows of the tour was in Boston. The moment we started playing people were moshing and crowd surfing. We were hyped off the energy of the crowd and have always had love for Massachusetts because every time we’ve played there, they’ve treated us well. By the time Limp Bizkit came on, the crowd was going insane. 

Photo by Lina Glasir
Photo by Lina Glasir
Photo by Lina Glasir

Video by Dez Yusuf

Greene – Playing New York for the first time was something we’ve always dreamed of. We just never thought the first time we played in NYC would be at Madison Square Garden! That show was hectic getting everything set up in time, but the crew Limp Bizkit brought made sure all of us were taken care of. We honestly had no idea what to expect but we had people moshing and that’s all we could ask for! We were able to come out for “Break Stuff” in the end, and when they turned the lights on all we could see was a sea of people jumping up and down ready to go. The experience was one we are extremely grateful to have had. We had a lot of our friends come out for it and we were so happy to have them there with us. 

Photo by Jessie Rose
 Scowl w/ label and management team // Photo by Dez Yusuf

Photo by Kenny Savercool

Greene – Baltimore was the last stop on the tour for us. We broke out some songs we haven’t played on the run so far and had a great time playing them. We wanted to leave the tour on a good note and not regret not playing certain songs so we did just that. Having it being our last stop was sad because all the bands and crew on the tour are so great. We love Limp Bizkit, $not, and Wargasm UK and the whole crew that helps it make it all happen! Of course at the end of the night we had to light some celebratory fireworks.

The team.

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