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Nearly 30 years since their last appearance in the UK Washington DCs Scream return this summer to play a select few shows. With a rare show in London, at the Garage, another in Leeds, all of which lead up to a much anticipated performance at the prestigious Rebellion Festival in Black Pool. Known for their incendiary live performances, an urgent mix of punk, Bad Brains/Clash-inspired dub, and rock-and-roll swagger, the original lineup of vocalist Pete Stahl, guitarist Franz Stahl, bassist Skeeter Thompson, drummer Kent Stax will be exactly what you get. The band could not be more excited to share the stage, and Festival with such iconic Punk acts of the past. They will also be joined by Skate/Guitar Hero Chuck Treece from the old skool Phily Hardcore band McRad. SCREAM will come out swinging and will show they have not lost a hint of the snarl they possessed some two plus decades ago.
For the Stahl brothers, music really is in their DNA: “My father managed the Hangmen (a popular DC garage rock band who had a minor hit in 1966 with “What a Girl Can't Do”),” remembers Stahl. “The DC music scene at that time had a big impact on my brother and I since we used to travel to the local gigs together. [Even then] we could feel the politics and a sense of community.” Scream formed out of high school in Bailey's Cross Roads Virginia out side Washington DC. “Covers were a big part of our early development. We learned old 60s stuff like “Mystic Eye” by Them and “He's a Waiting” by Sonics and stuff from the british punk bands like The Lurkers, Sham 69 and Buzzcocks. Scream 1st album “Still Screaming” was the first LP on DC’s Dischord Records. It was released in 1982 followed by This Side Up in 1984. The toured throughout the US and were one of the first Hardcore bands to make it to Europe and the UK. 1987 they released Banging the Drum which was recorded at Southern Studios in London by John Loder.
After the 1990 implosion of Scream midway through a U.S. Tour the Stahl brothers forged on while Dave Grohl went on to join Nirvana. With Wool, (whose first single ”Little Darlin’” is still a punk classic) teaming up with producers Rob Schnaph and Tom Rothrock (Beck, The Toadies, Elliot Smith) to release the Budspawn EP on their own Bongload imprint before signing with London Records in’94 and releasing the full-length album, Box Set. As a casualty of the 90s major-label signing frenzy, they were unceremoniously relieved of duty in 1996 and called it quits shortly thereafter.
Unbowed, Franz went onto play in the Foo Fighters while Pete collaborated with Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) and Fred Drake to form the earthlings? (a space-rock damaged quartet that'd make the genre's patriarch Dave Brock proud). The band was created in their Joshua Tree recording studio called Rancho De La Luna. Much of their recorded output was the result of improvised jams with friends like Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, Martina Topley-Bird, Petra Haden, Victoria Williams, and old bandmate Dave Grohl. It was a fruitful songwriting period, with Pete also joining forces with some other east coast expatriates: “I was invited by the remnants of The Obsessed (bassist Guy Pinhas, drummer Greg Rogers) and Greg Anderson (Engine Kid, Sunn 0))) and Southern Lord Records founder) to join the band Goatsnake,” recalls Stahl. While the band is often lumped in with the doom metal underworld, Pete doesn’t quite hear it that way: “I don’t think we’re metal at all—if anything, we have more of a heavy, blues-rock approach.” Both bands remain active and continue to tour from time to time.
As D.C.’s hardcore punk mythology continues to grow, interest in Scream has never waned. With an extensive discography—starting with the seminal Still Screaming and bookended by this summers re-release of “No More Censorship” (with a teenage Dave Grohl on drums), the band's fanbase remains committed, as the past few year of sold-out gigging with Off!, Foo Fighters, Corrosion of Conformity and others has proven.
The decision to reunite seems to have collectively reinvigorated the band. Something that, as Stahl admits, may have been needed personally. "We were all going through a lot of tough personal things, and thought that getting the band back together would bring some happiness back into our lives."
Does the fan reaction surprise Stahl at all? Not really. “Our music stands on its own merit,” the frontman reasons. And we always give it all we got. Still screaming after all of these years? Indeed.
Discography Still Screaming (1983) Dischord Records This Side Up (1985) Dischord Records Banging the Drum (1987) Dischord Records No More Censorship (1988) RAS Records Fumble (1993) Dischord Records Compete Control Sessions (2011) Side One Dummy Records Live at Van Hall (1988) Konkurrel Records Your Choice Live Series Vol.10 (1990) Your Choice Records Live at the Black Cat (1998) Torque Records Walking By Myself/Choke Word 7” (1986) Jungle Hop Records Mardi Gras/Land Torn Down 7” (1990) DSI Records No More Censorship NMC2017 (2017) Southern Lord Records
Compilation Appearances Bouncing Babies (1984) Fountain of Youth Records – "Ultra Violence/Screaming" Flipside Vinyl Fanzine (1984) Gasatanka/Enigma Records – "Fight" Another Shot For Bracken (1986) Positive Force – "Green Eyed Lady" F.R. 5 (1986) Fetal Records – "Solidarity" Viva Umkhonto! (1987) Mordam/Konkurrel Records – "Feel Like That" State of the Union (1989) Dischord Records – "Ameri-dub" It's Your Choice (1991) Your Choice Records – "A No Money Down" (live) 20 Years of Dischord (2003) Dischord Records- Fight/American Justice" & "Search for Employment"