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Scott Earl Projects / The HowlToness / Bio

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Originally hailing from Seattle Washington, I started playing bass at age 14. Early influences included Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rush and Deep Purple.

(New Slide Show)

My first original band, Culprit,(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Culprit The Heavy Metal Sentence/327601001867 was signed to Shrapnel Records (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrapnel_Records)in 1982 and recorded the track “Players” for a compilation record U.S. Metal II Unsung Guitar Heros. Culprit then released its full length album “Guilty as Charged” also with Shrapnel in 1983. Culprit highlights include touring with Metallica, Queensryche and Lita Ford . Culprit’s single ”Ambush” was in heavy rotation for six months on Seattle radio station KZOK which won them the station’s best local band award in 1983. Culprit was featured in hundreds of metal magazines across the world and are credited by Alice in Chains and Sound Garden as a key influential band, that paved the way for the Seattle “Grunge” explosion!

(Culprit Slide Show)

I next joined forces with TKO (http://www.myspace.com/tkofromseattle) and we toured/recorded two records “In your Face” for Combat/Relativity Records in 1984 and Below the Belt” for RCA/VICTOR Records in 1985. TKO highlights include touring with Dio, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Robin Trower and headlining in Japan and England. TKO singles include “Give into the Night” and “I Wanna Fight”, both were simultaneously in heavy rotation across the east coast. The band earned Detroit’s radio station WLLZ’s 1985 best new artist award and preformed a live concert simulcast to over a half million listeners. TKO was also featured in magazines such as Circus, Cream, Hit Parader, Kerrang and signed with the prestigious William Morris Agency.

(TKO Slide Show)

Then I relocated to Los Angeles in 1987 and formed The Bang Gang (http://www.myspace.com/bangganghollywood). The band did two records for MECHANIC/MCA Records. “Love Sells” in 1989 and “ Vanity Kills” in 1991. The band signed a publishing deal with B.M.G. music and did live show cases for the likes of Clive Davis (Arista), Jimmy Iovine (Interscope) and Gene Simmons (Kiss/Simmons Records). The Bang Gang highlights include touring with L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and Ugly Kid Joe. The bands single “Young and the Restless” was in heavy rotation on KNAC and the band broke Motley Crue’s attendance record at ‘The Metro” night club in Vancouver, B.C. The Bang Gang’s “Love Sells” record received England’s, Kerrrang magazine highest five K rating and Metal Scene called us the next Guns and Roses”. The bands debut it’s video for the single “Young and the Restless” on MTV’s “Head Bangers Ball” and was in rotation for over a month. The song was added to over one hundred U.S. stations play lists

(The Bang Gang Slide Show)
In 1991 besides doing a few Culprit reunions, I basically retired from the music business to concentrate on starting my own business. After a few different ventures in 1999 I started
Legal Xpress Attorney Services, Inc. (http://www.legalxpressonline.com/) In 2010 we celebrated 10 years of being in business. I currently live in Huntington Beach, CA.

Both Culprit and TKO were honored at Paul Allen's (Microsoft) "Experience Music Project" (http://www.empsfm.org/index.asp) or E.M.P. museum in 2000. If you’re ever in Seattle check out the museum’s “Northwest Passage” section. It’s a really cool look at the history of music from the Northwest.

Musically I have been doing reunion shows with Culprit and TKO. Most notably Culprit played Germany's Wacken open Air Festival( http://www.wacken.com/ )(35,000 people in attendance) in 2001 with Motorhead and W.A.S.P.

In 2001, Culprit's "Guilty as Charged" was published in a new book by "Rock Hard" magazine called, "The Best of Rock & Metal", (http://www.myrevelations.de/index.php?section=reviews&module=lesestoff&submodule=review_detail&reviewid=24) naming it one of the top 500 albums of all time.

In 2003 I joined the local (L.A.) band Painkiller(, a Judas Priest tribute band and had some fun.

In 2006 Culprit supported Metal Church on a leg of their West Coast tour.

In 2007 I formed a classic rock tribute band called White Trash a Go Go (http://www.myspace.com/wtagg) / http://www.facebook.com/whitetrashagogo this band is really a lot of fun and you can usually find us playing around So. Cal. throughout most of the year

In 2008, I was asked to write a preface for the book “Metallica the Club Dayz”(http://metallicatheclubdayz1982 84.blogspot.com/) 1982 1984, describing my experience opening for the band on March 19th 1983. The book documents the first 5 shows in photographs taken by Bill Hale.

In 2010, along with doing White Trash a Go Go, founding member Johnny DeVol and I have put together a new Culprit ( See Press Release below) line up,and the band headlined Germany’s H.O.A. festival . http://www.headbangers open air.de/en/index1.php


(2) Mesa Boogie 400 watt E.V. 4 x 10" Road Ready Cabinets
(2) Mesa Boogie 1 X 15" Road Ready Cabinets
10 Space Mesa Boogie Road Ready Rack
Mesa Boogie Bass 400 +
QSC Pl 1200 Power Amp
Aguilar Tube Direct Box
DBX 160A Compressor
Shure UR4S Wireless
Korg Tone Works DTR 2 Digital Tuner
Furman Pl Plus Power conditioner and Light Module

Morley PWB
Russian Green Big Muff
MXR Phase 100
Proco Juggernaut Bass Rat
ADA Flanger
Boss DD 6 Delay
Boss CE 2 Chorus
Boss SYB Bass Synth
Mu Tron Octave Divider
Pacific Custom Pedal 7 Channel Loop Box

1973 Fender Jazz
1975 Rickenbaker 4001
1986 Philip Kubicki X Factor 4
Nash Telecaster
Gene Simmons Punisher
Modulus Flea Bass
Tacoma Thunder Chief Acoustic

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Scott Earl
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Huntington Beach, CA