August, 1985 Columbus, OH: Scrawl, opening for the Meat Puppets,
plays a 20-minute set to an enthusiastic hometown crowd. Encouraged
by pals in the local scene, they do a few more shows. Over the next
six months, Scrawl writes songs, plays local shows and gets interviewed
by regional fanzines.
PLUS, ALSO, TOO
September, 1986: Several friends give Scrawl money to record an
album of 10 original songs at an 8-track studio in Columbus. Plus
Also Too is released in May 1987 on No Other Records. Scrawl
starts to feel like a real band.
November, 1987: Helpful friends send copies of
Plus Also Too to people in the biz.
Positive reviews follow, including a B+ review in Robert Christgau's
Village Voice column. Makes the phone jangle. Some regional touring
March 1988: Independent label interest skyrockets.
Scrawl, confused, signs a contract with Rough Trade US.
Summer 1988: Scrawl records He's
Drunk at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. The
album is released on Rough Trade in Winter 1988, and garners much
college radio play and positive reviews in Option, Spin and the
Village Voice. Scrawl tours with fIREHOSE, earning raves for their
live shows. The band's photo appears in the New York Times. Sporadic
touring continues until summer 1989.
1989: Scrawl prepares to record their second Rough
Trade album Smallmouth with producer
Gary Smith (Throwing Muses, Pixies, Chills, Walkabouts). The album
is finished in Nov, 1989 at Fort Apache Studios. A big tour is planned.
Spring 1990: Smallmouth is released and touring
with Afghan Whigs is a great success. Smallmouth
nets much college and even some alternative commercial radio play.
Summer 1990: Scrawl records four cover versions
with Steve Albini for a promo EP, which Rough Trade then decides
not to release.
Fall 1990: Negotiations for Scrawl's third Rough
Trade release do not go well. Discouraged, the band leaves the label.
Several months later, Rough Trade declares bankruptcy. Months go
by and Scrawl has no clue about the status of their back catalog.
Jan and April 1991: Scrawl records five originals with
Steve Albini at the board. Two covers from the summer 90 sessions
are unshelved and a 7-track mini LP, Bloodsucker,
is compiled. The band embarks on a 17 date tour with the Australian
band The Cannanes.
October 1991: Bloodsucker
comes our on Feel Good All Over Records. Rave reviews ensue, but
poor distribution and business weirdness haunt the release. Underestimating
the band's popularity, the EP goes out of print almost immediately.
The band tours with the Afghan Whigs, Meat Puppets and opens for
My Bloody Valentine in Columbus.
May 1992: Drummer Carolyn O' Leary leaves the group,
due to creative differences. Even though their album it not available
Scrawl is the subject of positive articles in Option, USA Today,
Alternative Press and Guitar World. Bloodsucker
is reviewed favorably in Spin, Puncture, and Rockpool.
FOXCORE, MY ASS
June 1992: Scrawl releases a 7" two song 45 on Singles
Only Label. Embarking on a Foxcore, My Ass tour, Marcy and Sue travel
to NYC for the New Music Seminar to set the record straight, playing
captivating semi-acoustic sets as a two-piece with David Kilgour
July 1992: Back home, Marcy and Sue commence their
search for a new drummer and negotiate with Simple Machines to re-release
Bloodsucker on all three formats. Bob
Mould invites Scrawl to open for his band, Sugar, on a midwest tour.
Fall 1992-Winter 1993: Dana Marshall joins the
band as a drummer. Scrawl agrees to put out their next 2 records
with Simple Machines. January 93 finds the trio in the Chicago studios
of favorite producer Steve Albini to record their fourth album Velvet
Hammer scheduled for a late summer 93 release.
1994: Velvet Hammer
is released in 1993. After some US touring, Scrawl heads over to
the UK and Europe in 1994 for the Reading Festival and more shows,
opening for then-unknowns Oasis in Holland and Belgium.
1995-96: Scrawl signs a deal with Elektra and heads
off to France to record their fifth full-length with Steve Albini.
Elektra takes a long time and their record, Travel
On, Rider is released in September 1996. After a fall tour,
Scrawl goes on a little break while drummer Dana ties the knot.
In the meantime, they contact Simple Machines about releasing the
vinyl version of the Elektra record. As diehard fans and good friends,
Simple Machines agrees to do it and gets ready for the release of
a limited edition letterpressed LP in January 1997.
1997-98: Scrawl records their sixth full-length,
and second on Elektra - Nature Film
- stunning album that includes a few remakes of songs that were
originally released on Rough Trade records. Hardly out of the boxes,
Elektra goes through a huge financial shakedown and Scrawl is dropped.
Burned again. In Scrawl's never-say-die attitude, they continue
to tour, selling Nature Film and handing
out postcards to audience members so they can write to the president
1999: Scrawl is currently working on another record,
which they intend to release themselves.