SCOWL’s KAT MOSS Addresses Accusations Of Being An “Trade Plant”

Scowl has been experiencing some fairly critical success over the previous 12 months, culminating of their efficiency with Taco Bell over the weekend. And with that success comes individuals accusing Scowl of being business vegetation, as a result of clearly any band that works exhausting is clearly a faux.

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In a prolonged assertion, Scowl vocalist Kat Moss outlined why the accusations are bullshit, why she feels bands fronted by males typically escape these accusations, and why her life could be method simpler if Scowl was really an business plant (which is fairly humorous).

“I’m sick of listening to the phrase ‘business plant’ each single time Scowl experiences success.

“Our associates bands – bands generally stuffed with males, will signal model offers, have a tune in a business, get a co-sign from massively profitable musicians, and so forth… but I by no means learn whisperings of whether or not or not they deserve these successes, whether or not or not they’re legitimate sufficient, GOOD sufficient, or labored exhausting sufficient to be deserving of that success. Is our success by no means legitimate sufficient for you? Why is that this competitors created between us and our group, particularly femme-bodied people? A contest I by no means participated in, a patriarchal competitors I problem by questioning my ideas, actions and insecurities each single day. The message I obtain is that I’m not granted unbiased success as a lady. Am I by no means grateful sufficient? Laborious working sufficient? Assured sufficient?

“I am grateful to be part of a group we’ve got ALWAYS contributed to lifting. By the best way, it is not that onerous to do … if you happen to consider in your self and your folks you have finished half the work! In the event you consider in your scene stroll by means of that door, purchase that t-shirt, and perhaps even collect up the boldness to make a brand new buddy or dance alongside to your favourite tune you might be CONTRIBUTING to one thing larger than your self.

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“Beginning a band was the most effective resolution I ever made. It saved my life in some ways and it helped me discover confidence in myself that I by no means believed that I previously had. I’m fortunately a part of a scene crammed with lovely, clever, distinctive and galvanizing individuals. A scene that might have by no means blossomed with out each single particular person.

“Is it so exhausting to consider {that a} woman-led band generally is a hardworking and natural success? Is it so difficult to know a lady’s success that you must create a fantasy that the music business had a hand in it? A particularly male dominated music business by the best way….

“That being stated:

“My life and bandmate’s lives could be SO MUCH EASIER if we had business backing! I garnered the little confidence I had not with out the emotional assist of my associates and my scene in Could 2019 to play Scowl‘s first present. My life has modified a lot since that day, however it might’ve by no means been doable with out my associates within the Bay Arean / Santa Cruz hardcore scene. The ladies/femme/trans people who I’ve embraced all around the globe which have at all times had my again and noticed me for my real self. These people will at all times come first to me.

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Scowl has labored tirelessly to be within the place we’re in. We have now practiced late into the evening, day after day. We have now relentlessly toured. Final 12 months I had bronchitis for months on tour, I’ve blown my voice out a handful of occasions, we’ve got skilled exhaustive bodily harm, blah, blah and solely dropped ONE SHOW on account of these circumstances the previous two years. Not even counting the despair, nervousness, grief and different common human sufferings experiences thousand of miles away from house. Slept on numerous flooring, gone hungry for somewhat too lengthy, been within the negatives on my financial institution statements, and so forth. Is that punk sufficient for you? We do that as a result of we LOVE IT. As a result of it makes us happier than anything. I’ve the privilege to play music for a residing! After all, I am gonna chase my goals!

“Essentially the most beneficial lesson I discovered from hardcore is that you probably have one thing to say, scream it right into a microphone.

“I’d be nowhere with out the numerous BIPOC/trans/feminine gender nonconforming people that I’ve shared the stage with and have had significant conversations & relationships with. I am so grateful to music for giving me the chance to type these connections. You may have all collectively impressed me to by no means ever surrender! Whether or not we discuss on a regular basis or have had a brief swift encounter, you already know who you might be and I LOVE YOU!

“You remind me that I am by no means alone!”

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