Screaming Females: Live review from Incubate

Screaming Females… a great name is a great start for any band.

It’s something that conjures up a time and a space, a sense of what you are about, a sense of place, Fucked Up is a great name for a band, it truly sums up exactly what rock n roll is about – Fucked Up mentally, chemically or emotionally. Perfect.

Screaming Females is also perfect, it sort of captures the frustration and anger of half the planet pushed around by the dumber, other half. Of course the band are not this, they area long way from some sort of angst Slits style assault that I was expecting but they are equally surprising and brilliant in a very different kind of way.

A three piece from New Jersey, they are not all screaming and they are not all female with two sturdy blokes as the rhythm section holding the fort for the diminutive and powerful Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals with Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass,

Marissa is so fiercely talented that it blows you away, she writes great rock n roll songs with a garage shuffle or the true rush of grunge, not the druggy druggy druggy sludge that it turned into. She writes songs that are a real rush of ideas and adrenalin. She stands there in a black baby doll dress, cool as fuck and casually peels out the great guitar solos, perhaps the best guitar player I’ve seen for a long time, she also sings with a great, really mean man it voice, and tears through a stunning set that melts down the house.

Everything is in place, Screaming Females have everything in place that you need to break big, rarely do you see a new band oozing is much natural talent that can also totally hook an audience.

In twelve months they will be everywhere, catch them now before the machine wrecks them. The fact that they have not made it yet is truly bizarre, four albums in, since they formed in 2006, and they still haven’t broken out yet.. They have released four full length albums, entitled Baby Teeth, What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?, Power Move, and Castle Talk, maybe fashion is in the way.

Fuck fashion

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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