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Screaming Females: Anachronistic Rock

26 May

It’s nearly impossible to listen to something new without hearing something old – for better or worse, for creative familiarity or recycled garbage. Listen to Screaming Females and one hears everything familiar at once: Chuck Berry guitar, Delta 5 bitchiness, shoegaze fuzz, hardcore hostility, jazzy walking bass, no wave experimentation.

Screaming Females, coming out with their fourth LP Castle Talk on Don Giovanni Records in September, recall generations of sounds without sounding like any band in particular. The band comes from Brunswick, New Jersey and evolved by working the slum-spirited basement circuit, an underground lifestyle of unpromoted, all-age shows in basements.

Screaming Females: Marissa Paternoster, left, Jarrett Dougherty, center, King Mike, right

Marissa Paternoster sings lead and plays a mean guitar. Paternoster’s adorable appearance – no more than 5’1″, a Ringo/Mick moptop, usually wearing a colorful outdated suit dress that belongs to a rotting corpse – is beguiling. She pulls you in only to break your face with bloodcurdling shrieks and silvery metal solos. King Mike rides a bass like a Funk brother, while Jarrett sets the parameters for everything with his perfectly steady rhythms.

Starving Dog by Screaming Females:

Electric Pilgrim by Screaming Females:

Mothership by Screaming Females

Tour Dates:

06/01 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
06/02 – Portland, OR – Backspace
06/03 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/04 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
06/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
06/07 – La Jolla, CA – Che Cafe
06/08 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space
06/10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (Indoors)
06/11 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Community Arts
06/12 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown (early show)
06/12 – Nashville, TN – The End (late show)
06/13 – Athens, GA – The Secret Squirrel
06/14 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
06/18 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street Club *
06/19 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery*
06/20 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
06/21 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle*
06/22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
06/24 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox*
06/26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
06/27 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place*

* = w/ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists