MARISSA PATERNOSTER – ” Peace Meter ” 

Posted: November 14, 2021 in MUSIC
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Screaming Females’ lead singer and head shredder, Marissa Paternoster is all the justification needed to expand this year’s Best Guitarist entry slightly beyond New York City’s borders and into New Jersey — and not just because her band plays this side of the Hudson every other week. No, it’s because Paternoster’s versatile virtuosity is unparalleled. Perhaps world-famous record producer Butch Vig said it best after Screaming Females toured with Garbage: “She has the chops to absolutely shred, but she can also push a song into crazy places: primal punk riffs, complex jazzy motifs, beautiful shimmering chords, and speed metal, sometimes all in the same song!” Ours isn’t the first list to say so; she’s been christened one of the 30 Best Guitarists Under 30 byredbull.com and came in at No. 77 in a 2012 Spin rundown of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The band’s latest LP, sees Paternoster pulling a dazzling array of sounds and tones out of her G&L S-500, but the true testament to her picking prowess is seeing her do it live.

About new single “I Lost You,” Paternoster had this to say: “It’s one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written, and I think it’s safe to say that all parties involved brought their A game to this tune. After initially sending Andy (Gibbs, of THOU) the framework for this song, he immediately knew it could be transformed into more of an up-beat dance song with ease. I told him to go for it, and he did. Shanna’s (Polley, of Snakeskin) vocal refrains draw out the end of the song perfectly, and Kate’s (Wakefield, of Lung) rapid-fire cello breaks add a lot of cutting texture to the song.”

After a handful of releases under the moniker Noun, “Peace Meter” is the first ever recording to be released under Paternoster’s name, a deliberate choice making it stand on its own as a unique statement from the prolific guitarist.

Don Giovanni Records has just released the second single from the new solo album from Screaming Females guitarist and vocalist Marissa Paternoster. The track “I Lost You” is now available across all streaming platforms and Bandcamp. The album is titled “Peace Meter” and it will be released on December 3rd 2021.

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