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Album Review

According to the liner notes, the cover drawing which lends Bloodsucker its title is "an artist's rendering; any resemblance to music industry executives is purely coincidental." Recorded in the wake of the bankruptcy of Scrawl's previous label Rough Trade, this seven-track EP is clearly informed by the group's troubled experiences in the music business; independently financed and self-released, Bloodsucker is bitter, pessimistic and grim, yet also fiery and passionate — the work of a band quite possibly breathing its last, but refusing to go down without a fight. Marcy Mays' songs are her most potent to date, highlighted by the bracing "Clock Song." Rounding out the set are covers of Cheap Trick's "High Roller" "and Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted Snake."


Formed: 1985 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Long before the riot grrrl movement opened the floodgates for the widespread emergence of female artists in the male-dominated world of indie rock, the Columbus, OH-based trio Scrawl carved out their own tough-minded yet feminine niche within the underground community. Formed by singer/guitarist Marcy Mays, bassist Sue Harshe, and drummer Carolyn O'Leary, the group --originally dubbed "Skull" -- debuted in the summer of 1985 by playing a 20-minute opening set for the Meat Puppets; with the financial...
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