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Background information
Origin Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Hardcore punk, Post-hardcore
Years active 1981–1990, 2009–present
Labels Dischord
Jungle Hop
Your Choice
Associated acts Earthlings?
Foo Fighters
Burning Airlines
Members Peter Stahl
Franz Stahl
Skeeter Thompson
Kent Stax
Clint Walsh
Past members Robert Lee Davidson
Dave Grohl

Scream is an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C., that originally formed in the suburb of Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, United States. Scream originally formed in 1981 within the vanguard of the Washington Hardcore explosion. In 2009 the band reunited.


Scream was formed in Northern Virginia in 1981 by singer Peter Stahl, his brother Franz Stahl on guitar, bassist Skeeter Thompson and drummer Kent Stax. Recording their music in the basement of the now legendary Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia, Scream became the first band on the Dischord label to release a whole album, Still Screaming, as opposed to singles or 12 inch EPs.

For their second album Scream added another guitarist to their line-up, Robert Lee "Harley" Davidson. For selected compilation efforts and often live shows Scream added DC keyboard player Bobby Madden.

After the third album Banging the Drum, Kent Stax left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by local drummer Dave Grohl, who then played on Scream's 4th album No More Censorship. The band then toured Europe; with their May 4, 1990 show in Alzey, Germany being released by Tobby Holzinger as Your Choice Live Series Vol.10. Scream then recorded their fifth and final studio album Fumble, (which was much later released in 1993 on Dischord Records) and then disbanded in late 1990.

Pete and Franz moved to North Hollywood and started rock band Wool, while Grohl joined the Seattle grunge band Nirvana. In 1997, Franz Stahl joined Dave Grohl's newly formed group, the commercially successful Foo Fighters, for a two-year stint. During this time Pete Stahl worked as a road manager for both the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, while continuing to record albums with several bands, including the Earthlings? and Goatsnake. Skeeter Thompson remained in the D.C. area and continued to work in bands, including playing one gig at the Brickskeller in the spring of 1994 as Scream with keyboardist Robert Hunter, as did Kent Stax with the Skinhead/Oi! -tinged bands: the Suspects, United 121, Spitfires United, and Alleged Bricks. Davidson moved to Los Angeles and joined The Drills from 1989 to 1991. He returned to the D.C. area and formed the band Orangahead in the mid 90's with Skeeter Thompson and then joined up with the Baltimore-based punk band Jakkpot in 1998 for a European tour. Davidson went on to form new bands Festival of Fools and God is Dead.


To coincide with the belated release of the album Fumble, the Stahl/Stahl/Thompson/Grohl lineup of Scream toured North America in the summer of 1993.

The Stahl/Stahl/Davidson/Thompson/Stax lineup of Scream played a one-off reunion show at the Black Cat nightclub in Washington, D.C. on December 28, 1996. (Grohl joined the band on drums for the song "No More Censorship"). This performance was released as Live at the Black Cat in 1998 on Torque Records.

In 2011, the original line-up of Scream recorded the Complete Control Sessions EP at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Los Angeles. It was issued on vinyl and digital download.

Band members

  • Peter Stahl – lead vocals (1981–1990, 2009–present)
  • Franz Stahl – guitar, backing vocals (1981–1990, 2009–present)
  • Skeeter Thompson – bass, backing vocals (1981–1988, 1988–1990, 2009–present)
  • Kent Stax – drums, percussion (1981–1986, 2009–present)
  • Clint Walsh – guitar (2009–present)
  • Dave Grohl – drums, percussion (1986–1990)
  • Robert Lee Davidson – guitar, backing vocals (1984–1989)
  • J. Robbins – bass (1988)
  • John S. Pappas – drums (1985)
  • Bobby Madden – keyboard (1984–85)
  • Ben Pape – bass (1988 for part of one tour)


Studio albums

  • Still Screaming (1983) Dischord Records
  • This Side Up (1985) Dischord Records
  • Banging the Drum (1986) Dischord Records
  • No More Censorship (1988) RAS Records
  • Fumble (1993) Dischord Records

Extended plays

  • Complete Control Recording Sessions (2011) SideOneDummy Records

Compilation albums

  • Still Screaming/This Side Up (1995) Dischord Records
  • Fumble + Banging the Drum (1995) Dischord Records

Live albums

  • Live at Van Hall (1988) Konkurrent Records
  • Your Choice Live Series Vol.10 (1990) Your Choice Records
  • Live at the Black Cat (1998) Torque Records


  • "Walking by Myself" b/w "Choke Word" (1986) Jungle Hop Records
  • "Mardi Gras" b/w "Land Torn Down" (1990) DSI Records