Screaming Females is an indie punk trio from
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. New
Thanks to Exystence for the find.