This article is about the American Musical Trio. For the 2015 Peter Hearn film, see Scrawl (film). For the 2001 album, see Scrawl (album).
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Indie
Years active 1985–present

Scrawl is an American musical trio based in Columbus, Ohio, United States.


The founding members were 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).

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.

Marcy Mays also appeared as lead singer on "My Curse" from the album Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs. She performed live with them at the Reading Festival 1994 and, more recently, at All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012.


Release Date Album Label Notes
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, Fugazi and My Bloody Valentine
January 1993 Velvet Hammer Simple Machines -
1996 Travel On, Scrawl Elektra EP
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.


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