Scrawl is a musical trio based in Columbus, Ohio. The founding members are Marcy Mays (lead vocals, guitar, songwriting), Sue Harshe (bass guitar, backing vocals, songwriting), and Carolyn O'Leary (drums). Their first show, in the summer of 1985, was a 20-minute opening spot for the Meat Puppets. Their first album, Plus, Also, Too, was self-produced (with Andy Izold) and released in 1987 on the local label No Other Records. The following year the band was signed to the ill-fated Rough Trade Records U.S., for whom they released two albums, He's Drunk (produced by Jim Rondinelli) and Smallmouth (produced by Gary Smith).
Their raw, somewhat primitive sound is influenced by the UK punk of the late 1970s (e.g., The Raincoats, The Slits, The Mekons), but their American inflection greatly influenced the Riot Grrrl sound of the 1990s. When Rough Trade U.S. filed for bankruptcy in 1990, the band was forced to bid for their master recordings at auction during the label's Chapter 11 proceedings. Fortunately, they succeeded. Their next release, a seven-track EP called Bloodsucker, was released on the Chicago-based Feel Good All Over label (then reissued on Simple Machines Records).
Drummer O'Leary left the group in May 1992, and was replaced by Dana Marshall.
They recorded their next album, Velvet Hammer, in 1993. It was engineered by Steve Albini (around the time he produced Nirvana), and released on the Simple Machines label. The band was then signed their first major label deal, to Elektra, for whom they released two albums, Travel On, Rider, and Nature Film.
|May 1987||Plus, Also, Too||No Other Records||Debut album|
|November 1988||He's Drunk||Rough Trade||-|
|November 1989||Smallmouth||Rough Trade||Produced by Gary Smith (Throwing Muses, Pixies, The Chills, Walkabouts)|
|October 1991||Bloodsucker||Feel Good All Over Records||Followed by tours with the Afghan Whigs, Meat Puppets and My Bloody Valentine|
|January 1993||Velvet Hammer||Simple Machines||-|
|September 1996||Travel On, Rider||Elektra||-|
|April 1998||Nature Film||Elektra||Scrawl's swan song. Combination of new material and re-recordings of Rough Trade/Simple Machines era material.|