Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Album Review: Ugly

Title:  Ugly (Official, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Screaming Females (Official, Blog, Facebook, MySpace,, AllMusic, Wikipedia)

Screaming Females is an indie punk trio from New Brunswick, NJ that started back in 2006.  Since then I’d heard of the band but had never heard the band, until now.  Their latest album, Ugly, is 14 songs of indie rock purity.  The music is churning with incredible energy while Marissa Paternoster’s vocals are passionate and desperate.  On top of that, Paternoster has one of the most unique voices I’ve ever heard.  While not a particularly great singer per se, what she does sounds amazing (a lot like Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong – none of these guys can really sing but the sound fantastic doing what they do).  Ugly opens with the blistering “It All Means Nothing” which perfectly sets the stage for the rest of the record with it’s blazing guitars, driving bass and drums, and wailing vocals.  This is a band that obviously cut their teeth on the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Bikini Kill, and Superchunk and it shows (there’s even the occasional hint of Fugazi).  Screaming Females revels in the glory of the power of indie rock, doing it the way it was meant to be done and Ugly is a testament to that spirit and ethos.     

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