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There’s no other way to say it: This album kicks so much ass. Instead of rattling around your brain, the hooks on this thing punch right through your skull. Screaming Females sound less ragged and more polished, and to some, the sanding down of their punk edges could be a disappointment. But that polishing leaves them a towering rock machine, every one of Marissa Paternoster’s guitar heroics and defiant wails perfectly calibrated to make you want to go stomp a dragon in the teeth. And if that makeover paves the way for something like “Wishing Well,” a downright pretty alt-pop song that still manages to shred, I’m all for it.

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Screaming Females are one of the hardest working, hardest shredding independent punk bands, boasting an incredible frontwoman in Marissa Paternoster.

Last year was the band’s 10th anniversary, and saw the release of their sixth studio album,To celebrate the tour and release, drummer Jarrett Dougherty, bassist Michael Abbate, and aforementioned vocalist/guitarist Marissa  have extenede their Rose Mountain release. They’re about to grace our shores for the first time in August, and decided to bring with them a special ‘Australian Tour Edition’ of the record featuring B Sides and demos, and only available here. One such bonus track is ‘Let me In’,

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Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni’s Records free annual New Brunswick show recently.  Led by tiny dynamo Marissa Paternoster, the New Jersey trio play boisterous yet melodic indie rock in the great tradition of Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr. If you’re going to make rock music influenced by those titans, you’d better bring the riffs, and over the course of six albums and numerous EPs and singles, Paternoster has emerged as one of the most powerful guitarists of her generation.

As strong as 2012’s Ugly and the recent album 2015’s Rose Mountain are, fans are still waiting for Screaming Females own Zen Arcade, that perfect balance between raucousness and melody that everyone knows they have in them.  The seven-and-a-half-minute Ugly centerpiece “Doom 84” is beastly, featuring a towering performance by Paternoster, as she hammers out blues-rock riffs that few of her male indie rock peers have the guts and chops to pull off
Their tour hits their hometown of Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth,


In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It’s for the song “I Wish I Could Be Someone Else” off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.

The New Brunswick noisemakers in Screaming Females have steadily been on the ascent for some time, but it took the release of “Rose Mountain” to shine some well-deserved mainstream attention on not just the band, but its guitar-hero frontwoman, Marissa Paternoster. “Rose Mountain” is the kind of big, bombastic rock record fans clamor for, and Paternoster’s guitar wizardry only helps further upend the archaic notion that rock ’n’ roll is a man’s game.

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New Jersey trio, Screaming Females return with their new, sixth record “Rose Mountain”out 24th February via Don Giovanni Records and we’re psyched to premiere their video for “Hopeless.” Kicking off with a teetering piano line “Hopeless” hangs on singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster’s full-bodied vocals. It starts off pared back and pristine before the scuzz-rock kicks in just before the three minute mark, a wave Paternoster rides it till the song’s succinct conclusion.

For filmmaker Lance Bangs (Sonic Youth, Odd Future, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), “Hopeless” was the album’s immediate standout track. The video itself was lit with flashlights and shot over the course of several freezing winter nights out in central New Jersey. Those blood splatters on the pickguard were 100 percent real: Paternoster apparently played in the chilly conditions till her fingers split open. And the setting? Those are definitely decommissioned McDonald’s playground structures in the background.

As for the crazy wiggles and scrawls that vibrate across the screen, Bangs had this to say about the after effect: “We did this bonkers approach of editing everything, then getting it turned into an actual 35mm negative, then we had movie prints made, then Marissa spent days obsessively scratching, bleaching, and hand animating the 5400 individual frames. After that we rescanned it all, and synched it up to the audio. To our knowledge I don’t think anyone has bothered to go through all of that hassle for a video before.”

Talk about dedication to awesome. Bangs has also been on the road with the band so keep your eyes peeled for that tour documentary coming out next week.

Screaming Females signed to the ever excellent Don Giovanni Records Back in December, we premiered the first live video that legendary rock-doc filmmaker Lance Bangs directed for Screaming Females’ song “Ripe,” off of the New Jersey band’s forthcoming album “Rose Mountain”. I’ve said it several times in recent posts, and I’ll say it again: That record is going to be a total shit-kicker. Get a taste of what to expect in a second Bangs-directed live video, this time for the previously unheard song “It’s Not Fair.”

New Jersey punks Screaming Females will unleash “Rose Mountain” early next year, a record that’s bound to be a total shit-kicker.The new single “Ripe,” and today the band shared a live performance of the song. Lance Bangs has directed an impressive roster of videos, the most recent of which was for Kim Deal’s new track “Biker Gone,” and he helmed the forthcoming Slint documentary Breadcrumb Trail. This is a high-contrast, stark video — the carefully coordinated cinematography rubs up against Screaming Females’ purposefully raw sound. Although the audio was professionally recorded, the band chose to not overdub it, maintaining some auditory semblance to a live performance. Maybe it always looks this way, but Marissa Paternoster’s guitar appears to be speckled with blood as she tears through the song’s absurdly awesome inaugural riff.

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“The disembodied figure that is on the cover of the Rose Mountain album is supposed to represent that kind of discord, and that you’re dedicated to this body, and you feel so fragmented, like separate from it, even though it’s something you’re going to have until the day you die, and you have no choice in the matter. You can’t go get a new one.”

New Jersey punk rock three-piece Screaming Females are one of the best rock bands on the face of the earth presently, and the impending release of their new album “Rose Mountain” is a thing you should be very excited about. We’ve posted three songs from the album thus far, and they’ve all been absolute ass-kickers in very different ways: Wishing Well,” Ripe,” “Empty Head. The latest song they’ve shared is another banger. “Criminal Image” is a hard-rolling riff rocker with a blazing solo and a little bit of piano, something I’ve never heard on a Screaming Females album before. It’s a song to put on when you need to feel invincible. For whatever reason, it comes attached to a video of the three band members brushing their teeth and flossing and using mouthwash.

New Jersey punkers Screaming Females were preparing to share their latest studio album “Rose Mountain” with the world. The announcement came with a new song and the band hasn’t stopped there. On Tuesday, the trio shared a new tune, as well as the announcement that their “Rose Mountain” release show will happen in conjunction with their label’s showcase early next year. No strangers to the annual Don Giovanni Records Showcase, Screamales will headline a show at Brooklyn’s own Knitting Factory along with Priests, Tenement, and Vacation to celebrate the birth of their latest record.

In the eyes of diehard Screamales fans, the album may either come as a treat or look like a sad departure, as the band has been focusing more on melody than raw power. Drummer Jarrett Dougherty gave a little insight into both Rose Mountain and the new song “Empty Head”:

Our focus for this record was to create the most melodic and concise music of our ten year history.. Figuring out what was at the core of “Empty Head” wasn’t just important to this particular song, it was really part of the fundamental challenge of “Rose Mountain” as a whole.

Dougherty’s admission comes as no surprise after the tamer sound of “Wishing Well” met ears in October. Still, none of this is bad news. The band appears to be tighter than ever, riding the waves of their killer live album from last year. They just wrapped up a powerful just-for-fun tour and we can guarantee that they’re still a live band to be ranked with the best of them.

New Jersey punks Screaming Females will unleash “Rose Mountain” early next year, a record that’s bound to be a total shit-kicker. The single Ripe,” the band shared a live performance of the song. Lance Bangs has directed an impressive roster of videos, the most recent of which was for Kim Deal’s new track Biker Gone,” and he helmed the forthcoming Slint documentary Breadcrumb Trail. This is a high-contrast, stark video — the carefully coordinated cinematography rubs up against Screaming Females’ purposefully raw sound. Although the audio was professionally recorded, the band chose to not overdub it, maintaining some auditory semblance to a live performance. Maybe it always looks this way, but Marissa Paternoster’s guitar appears to be speckled with blood as she tears through the song’s absurdly awesome inaugural riff.