Observing the wave that is heavy music and the hardcore scene crashing down on a wider audience than ever before, Scowl sit at its crest. Since the release of their first self-titled EP in 2019, the group have garnered attention and acclaim from those within the community and beyond, accruing fans like Post Malone and Travis Barker, alternative legends the band’s members grew up listening to and venerating themselves.
For our Fall 2023 Issue, photographer Atiba Jefferson followed the band around their beachfront hometown of Santa Cruz, the place they found solace, and each other, in the DIY scene.
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In conversation with L.S. Dunes and My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank IeroScowl frontwoman Kat Moss and guitarist Malachi Greene open up about their hardcore heroes, carrying the torch for the next generation, and seeing no end in sight. “Our subculture is sacred to us,” Moss says. “I hope that feeling close to bands and the people playing the music never dies because you don’t get that with many other scenes. Creating those bonds is such a specific thing that makes it feel different and special, sheltered away from mass consumption or the challenges of the music industry.”
Preorder your copy today, and get an exclusive vinyl variant of Scowl’s Psychic Dance Routine here.
Stay tuned this week — the Fall 2023 Issue also comes with three alternate collectible covers, as well as stories on Jean Dawson, Shapel Lacy and Toby Morse, Genesis Owusu, and more.