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Also known asMeow
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie rock, cuddlecore[1]
LabelsTwist Like This
Associated actsNeko Case, The Gay
Past membersNeko Case
Tobey Black
Corrina Hammond

Maow was a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A pop punk combo, the band was part of the "cuddlecore" scene led by cub.[2][3]

Maow consisted of guitarist Tobey Black, bassist Corrina Hammond and drummer Neko Case.[4] All three members shared vocal duties.[5]


Black, Hammond and Case originally came together under the name Meow.[6] The trio released a six-song EP, I Ruv Me Too on the independent record label Twist Like This in 1995.[7][8]

Maow performed at various venues in British Columbia, including the Gastown Music Hall in Vancouver.[9]

The band changed the spelling of its name to Maow to avoid confusion with another group.[10] They released their full-length album on 11 June 1996, The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow, on Mint Records.[4][11] The album had fourteen original tracks, the best known of which was "Ms. Lefevre", and two cover songs.[12]

Case later went on to a solo career as an alternative country star and sometime vocalist with Canadian power pop ensemble The New Pornographers. Black currently plays with the indie rock band The Gay.



  1. ^ Kaitlin Fontana, Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records. ECW Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1770900523.
  2. ^ Kaups, Robert. "The Unforgiving Sounds of..." Allmusic. Retrieved 13 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Maow". Punk News,
  4. ^ a b Nicole Keiper (October 2002). Hurricane Neko. CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. pp. 30–. ISSN 1074-6978.
  5. ^ "Neko Case - Destiny rides again". No Depression, by Peter Blackstock 29 February 2000
  6. ^ Jon Smith (1 May 2013). Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies. University of Georgia Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-8203-3321-2.
  7. ^ "An Essential Guide to Neko Case". Exclaim!, By Sarah Greene 5 Jul 2016
  8. ^ "Radio What Wave Playlist Aug 23/2012 All female led band show as our tribute/show of solidarity for the ladies of Pussy Riot!". CHRW 94.9FM
  9. ^ "Minty Fresh Taste, Long Lasting Refreshment". Dropd, 3 May 1996 Review by Suzanne Goodwin
  10. ^ "The New Pornographers: The Last Picture Show". Magnet,
  11. ^ "Americana Woman". Washington City Paper, David Daley 10 Oct 1997
  12. ^ "The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow Mint - 1996". Canuckistan Music, Michael Panontin