Sean Matthews - Vocals
Seth McClellan - Bass
Justin Patry - Guitars
Adam Nichols - Drums
From the murky depths of the Gulf of Maine comes TRAWL, a funk metal band with bite.
With deep grooves and heavy down-tuned riffs, this hard-hitting four-piece has no shortage of catchy hooks. Paired with an in-your-face live show, TRAWL has sunken its teeth into the New England rock and metal scene. The band brings to mind alt-metal influences like Faith No More, Tool, Primus and Rage Against the Machine.
TRAWL was formed in June 2018 by bassist Seth McClellan. The idea was to start a musical brotherhood of friends and like-minded musicians to play music simply for the love of creating something new, exciting and different.
The band released its first two singles in 2019 'Vertigo' (November 1st) and 'Carcharodon' (March 8th). The songs were recorded at The Halo Studios in Windham, ME by Kevin Billingslea. The band cut their teeth playing live shows across New England right up until the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly thereafter original guitarist Tom Michaud amicably parted ways with the band.
TRAWL pivoted during the down-time in 2020 to stay productive. Singer Sean Matthews and Bassist Seth McClellan started a podcast titled TrawlCast that focuses on local and regional music discussion, band interviews and more.
Once it was safe to get back in the water TRAWL also began production on what would become their "Shark Pinata" EP released on March 8th, 2021. The songs for the EP were recorded and mixed by the band’s new guitarist Justin Patry at The Cold Northeast Recording Studios in Biddeford, ME and mastered by Pat Keane at Pat Keane Mastering in Portland, ME.
TRAWL's "Shark Pinata & The Halo Singles" CD spent 10 consecutive weeks on the Bull Moose local Top 10 Charts with four of those weeks at #1. Beyond the local chart, the CD spent its first week at #5 in overall sales at the Bull Moose network of record stores in the company of artists like Black Sabbath, The Pretty Reckless, and Kings of Leon. The digital release has also been received well with over 20,000 Spotify streams in its first 4 months of release.
The band returned to playing live shows in July 2021 at Aura (1000 Capacity) in Portland, ME supporting local rock giants Murcielago. TRAWL also collaborated with Yes Brewing in Westbrook, ME on their own beer, a "Mixed Berry Sour" which is available for a limited time in cans and on tap at the brewery and distributed across Maine.
The band continued to play live shows in support of "Shark Pinata" through 2021 and began writing & recording new material in Winter 2021 which continued through Spring 2022.
In January 2022, TRAWL supported the legendary Nonpoint on the Hampton Beach, NH date of their 'Ruthless' Tour. Shortly thereafter, the band amicably parted ways with Drummer Gary Marston.
In the early spring 2022, longtime friend Adam Nichols joined the band on Drums and the band began working feverishly to prepare for spring shows and recording.
On August 5, 2022, the band released their second EP titled "From the Murky Depths" EP on CD format. The CD was the top-selling CD at "Bull Moose Music" for 5 consecutive weeks and remained on the charts for 10 weeks. Bull Moose is a local chain of 10 brick-and-mortar record stores across Maine and New England. The digital release of the EP on August 26, 2022, saw TRAWL gaining traction, most notably with their single "The Gold Standard" on Maine radio and playlists. TRAWL performed shows across New England throughout 2022 in support of "From the Murky Depths" sharing the stage with bands like SUMO CYCO and RA.
TRAWL took on its largest opportunity to date supporting thrash metal legends ANTHRAX and alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and EXODUS at Cross Arena in Portland, ME on February 2nd 2023. This show helped the band to notably increase its fanbase which set the cse for 2023 to allow the band their own upcoming headlining show at Aura in Portland, ME (1000 Capacity) happening on June 30, 2023.
TRAWL’s show at Aura on June 30th will be the EP Release Party for the band’s third EP titled “Cosmic Aquatic” to be released on CD format at Bull Moose Music stores on Friday, June 2nd and on all digital outlets on Friday, June 30th. TRAWL’s new EP, which is their second release in less than a year came as a result of the lineup feeling a surge of creativity and songwriting amidst the excitement and synergy of live shows in Fall 2022/Winter 2023. “Cosmic Aquatic” was recorded by guitarist Justin Patry and Drummer Adam Nichols, Mixed by Jonathan Wyman (The Pretty Reckless, Rustic Overtones, Spose) and Mastered by Pat Keane (Murcielago, The Mallet Brothers, Bill Chinnock).