Today we’d like to introduce you to Scream Revolution.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We are a high school punk band. We met when we were 9 and 10 at our local music school. We started playing shows in 2019 and were just starting to get a lot of gigs when the pandemic began. We stayed together as a band by meeting on Zoom and then later practicing in each other’s backyards. We’re stoked to be playing live shows again. We have hit over 30 different venues between Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange County.
During the pandemic, we kept in touch with a lot of bands on Instagram. When we could start playing indoors again, we teamed up with Second Hand Productions and our local bar The End in Torrance to create a series of shows with all the teen bands we knew. Through this experience, we’ve been able to support a lot of bands who we had only met online and continue to play shows together at other venues. We are so grateful to The End for making this happen.
We started by hosting three different shows over three weekends. This then grew into a monthly residency. We are on a pause until football season is over, but will then start up these shows again after the Super Bowl. In the meantime, we continue to play several other Southern California venues. We are also working on writing more original music. We’ve met weekly to practice and record and we just released our newest single “Torches” which is available on all streaming platforms.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For a moment during the pandemic, we felt like we didn’t have a band anymore. But that quickly changed with the use of technology. We did an interview with South Bay TV on YouTube and Rock n Roll Camp for Girls LA on Instagram Live. We met up for practice online once a week that later moved into outdoor meet-ups. We participated in as many online Open Mics events we could find through School of Rock South Bay LA and DownBeat 720. We partnered with Brave Gowns to make Scream Revolutions masks, with profits going back to their organization. Our lead singer was featured in Southbay Magazine as one of their “20 under 20” teens for her resilience, service and creativity during the lockdown. We even entered a virtual Battle of the Bands through the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. We took 2nd place and won the prize of playing the coveted South Stage at the fair the following year.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
For a while, we were the only all-high school band in the South Bay because we stayed together through the pandemic. Now we are thrilled to see other all-high school bands forming again. We recently hosted a backyard house party featuring only all high school bands. We are looking forward to this community growing so that we can continue playing together and supporting each other. Through our residency at The End, we are able to provide a stage for us to play with these bands while supporting one of our favorite local businesses.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson we have learned along the way is that there is room for every band to play. It is not a competition and you don’t have to be “the best” to be in a rock band and have fun. It’s all about getting up on stage, creating something, and having a good time together, messing up and learning from it. Always play with bands that are better than you are. That is how you get better. Support other bands and (if they are cool) they will support you back. And there is always a place to play a show. You just have to make it happen.
- Website: screamrevolution.com
- Instagram: @screamrevolutionband
- Facebook: @screamrevolution
Jack Lue, Entertainment Photography Plus, Amanda Clarke Photography, Second Hand Productions