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In The Studio: Screaming Females working on new album now, touring with Ted Leo soon

By March 8, 2010No Comments

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Screaming Females

New Jersey’s Screaming Females have just entered The Hunt Studio in Millstone, NJ to begin work on the band’s fourth full-length, due this Fall via Don Giovanni Records. The band is also hitting the road with Ted Leo soon for a string of shows in late March / early April that will most likely be completely sold out moments after you read this.


2009 will go down as the year that everyone-EVERYONE-started to take notice of Screaming Females in the wake of the release of their third LP (and their first on a label of any kind), Power Move (Don Giovanni, April, 2009). From their first TV appearances (dancing with puppets on Chicago’s cult public access TV show, “Chic-a-Go-Go”, then making their national TV debut as a musical guest on MTV’s “It’s On! With Alexa Chung”), first multi-page national print media press and having lead Female Marissa Paternoster be named “Best Shredder in New York City 2009” by the Village Voice to being the band that everyone from Dinosaur Jr., Throwing Muses, Dead Weather and Arctic Monkeys personally asked to tour with, 2009’s been quite the weird and exciting year for Screaming Females. After all, they’re doing exactly what they’ve done, the way they’ve always done it…organically, with friends. It’s just that now all of these people are noticing how amazing they are. And they can, y’know, quit their day jobs in lieu of touring all the time and recording new material with both their own band and their side projects because of it. Amen to that, right?


“Her name is Marissa Paternoster, and she is 2009’s answer to Sleater-Kinney’s 2006 breakup, using her throaty pipes and serious chops to channel that trio’s femme-shredder legacy to a new generation.”-Rolling Stone

“Screaming Females’ emotionally detailed songs and tight playing push against a slightly muddy sound straight outta the mid-’80s underground.”–SPIN

“The last three “guitar heroes” I saw were women: Marnie Stern, Kaki King, and Marissa Paternoster of the the Screaming Females.”-Sasha Frere-Jones, New Yorker

“The Females recently toured with the Dead Weather; no idea how Jack White had the balls to even walk out onstage after Pasternoster was done with it, or how there was still a stage left at all. Call it Guitar Hero: Riot Grrrl. Bow down.”.”-Village Voice, named Marissa Paternoster NYC’s Best Guitar Shredder 2009

“Marissa Paternoster will not be denied. Her voice, pitched between a loud demand and a scream, hits you between the eyes. In case she didn’t make herself clear, her guitar attacks like a machine-gun. She’s barely 5 feet tall but she absolutely devours the stage, a guitar shredder in the tradition of Antietam’s Tara Key and Chicago’s Alex White.”-Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

“…songs that reach back to late-1960s power trios, with fuzzed-out riffs and psychedelic guitar solos full of scurrying lines and wah-wah abuse, tempered with an indie-rock concision that shapes the blare into songs. Everything Ms. Paternoster has on her mind – loyalty, anger, horror-movie mayhem, ambition – arrives in a fervid din.”-Jon Pareles, NY Times

“Screaming Females fire right down the middle between Husker Du, Damaged Black Flag and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and occupy more psychic space as an irreducibly solid three-piece than bands several times their age and weight combined.”-LA RECORD

“I mean, she could shred unlike anything I’ve ever seen live.”-Camden Andrews, NPR

“This is something unique. This is something vibrant. The Screaming Females have at the helm one of the hardest working axe-men in rock, and she roars, too. No one is going to tell them to get away.”-ImposeMagazine

“In a rare example of an opening band being every bit as awesome as the headliner, the New Jersey trio Screaming Females provided ample evidence that it was more than ready for the sudden leap it recently made from tiny, underground all-ages clubs to sold-out theaters as the Dead Weather’s hand-picked support.”-Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times

“Marissa Paternoster starts singing, no, growling and screaming, before your now saucer-sized eyes, and you realize that she’s not there to just ‘look pretty,’ she’s there to eff you up and lay down some greasy guitar licks all over your face. Marissa no jokes plays the guitar like she made a deal with the devil himself to be able to do so.”-BUST

“Screaming Females’ live show sparks word-of-mouth like wildfire”-Venus

“The Screaming Females have been one of the most exciting and original bands to come out of New Brunswick since the Ergs crawled out of the basement scene in the early 00’s. But now…the band ratchets everything up a notch with the release of its third full-length album Power Move on Don Giovanni Records, already a buzz-worthy and much-blogged-upon contender for one of the most praised indie albums of the year.”-Jersey Beat

“While there’s only one screaming female in the group (the electrifying Marissa Paternoster, who just might be our generation’s official guitar hero), the name hints at the power and fury that comes out when this band hits play…It sounds totally familiar yet completely new-the fact that bands as diverse as Weezer, Sleater-Kinney, The Slits, and Spoon are cited as the band’s influence tells you everything and nothing about Screaming Females.”-NYLON

“Screaming Females is a rock trio from my home state of New Jersey. And like many NJ notables, these two guys and gal know how to rock.”-Teen Vogue


Mar 27 Taylor Down Under @ James Madison Univ. Harrisonburg, VA
Mar 28 JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga, TN
Mar 29 Vino’s Little Rock, AR
Mar 30 House of Blues Dallas, TX *
Mar 31 The Parish Austin, TX *
Apr 2 One Eyed Jack’s New Orleans, LA *
Apr 3 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL *
Apr 4 Masquerade Atlanta, GA *
Apr 5 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC *
Apr 7 Gallery Five Richmond, VA
Apr 8 9:30 Club Washington, DC *
Apr 9 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, NY *
Apr 10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA *

* = w/ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists


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