Screaming Females

By Sophie Rae

A few nights ago, I saw Screaming Females open up for Ted Leo at South Street Seaport.

So. Freaking. Good.

Marissa Paternoster, singer/guitarist, and the only female of Screaming Females (with Jarrett Dougherty on drums and Mike Rickenbacker on bass) is a powerhouse of incredible energy, her black cape of hair swinging wildly around her head as she shrieks out lyrics like:

One foul swoop on the jaw of man

May pull apart his frame

In for the money, I’m suspect

To me it’s just the same. 

I can’t say I know what she’s saying exactly, but something tells me it’s cool.

The name Screaming Females is pretty accurate (minus the singular/plural thing)- one comes away from their show with your ears simultaneously ringing of Marissa’s screaming guitar solos and Hitchcock-movie shriek. But what the name doesn’t fully account for is Marissa’s true vocal abilities. She doesn’t just scream. She belts, she moans, she yells, she shrills, she even sings pretty- all within one song. Every song is a roller-coaster, but it doesn’t make you feel nauseous or dizzy (how I feel when I go on roller-coasters), it just makes you excited (how I’ve heard roller-coasters make some people feel).

Perhaps what Screaming Females is best known for is Marissa’s amazing guitar-playing. Usually I associate “shredding” with either Guitar Hero (a game at which I am truly terrible) or those creepy washed-up-punk guys that seem to do nothing but sit in stores like Guitar Center, where they play incessant hair-metal solos and tell you a story about the good old days when they used to “jam” with Joe Perry or Axl Rose.

But with Screaming Females, it works. Yes, I think it’s cool that Marissa plays guitar solos in a style that most would associate with men, but more than that I think it’s cool how the solos work within the song, not as a disjointed and flashy annoyance, but as an exciting and emotive element of already good songs.

So check them out!

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12 Comments on “Screaming Females”

  1. joepresko says:

    Thanks for the headsup, Sophie. I’m listening to and enjoying their “What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?” album for the first time as I write.

    • Gabrielle says:

      Smack-dab what I was looikng for-ty!

      • Toshiharu says:

        Beautiful photo and beautiful wtbisee. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen an apple tree, let alone picked my own apples. I’d better add that to my bucket list.

      • Velma says:

        Dana – Kelly, these shots are amazing .and Tara your kids have grown up so fast. Avery is batueiful and looks just like her mama. Ben is adorable. Love the outfits too.Kelly you amaze me, and I am so looking forward to our shoot this summer!!05/10/2011 10:34 pm

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        I see, I suppose that would have to be the case.

      • Aadil says:

        I cant believe its been alsomt 3 years since we got married. We looked at this pictures and reminds us again of that special day. You guys are awesome and did an amazing job, we really love the work you guys did. I dont know if you guys remember but you sold me one of the biggest picture frames you guys have and we got our picture framed in it, all of our friends that come over are like DAAAM thats an awesome picture and they envy us. We glady say thank you and tell them that we got it done in Tamayo Studio. Keep up the good work you guys are amazing and we are glad we chose you

    • Ellen says:

      That’s not even 10 muintes well spent!

  2. Laquisha says:

    Hey, that’s powferul. Thanks for the news.

    • Ravi says:

      Aug23EAK I was cheesing the entrie time throughout the video. Many awwww moments. So cheers to both Ruby and Yvette! After watching the video and reading your blog I came to the conclusion that I do have some good friends. But just like any relationship I haven’t always put much energy into those friendships. The reasons for the lack of love and time in my friendships are many, but a few reasons that come to mind are the Respect and Accept thing that Yvette and Ruby touched on. I think many women, myself included, are not always able to accept the changes the other goes through, and respect the choices the other makes. I will admit I am not the person I was 6 years ago, and for many of the friends I had around that time, the person I am now is not the friend they knew and the change is hard for them to deal with. Or I may think that the new me is not cool with them when it is. So then theres the communication thing that is so important but often with female relationships we think isn’t as important as communication with our partners so no talking occurs and then DRAMA. Also there’s the expectation thing as my friend should be there, do that I honestly think its harder for women to be lasting friends as we have to deal with all of that. So again more power to Ruby and Yvette for infusing their friendship with laughter-it really helps. Thanks B, job well done!

    • Mehmet says:

      My 2nd boy is 7 now. He was diagnosed as PDD with ADHD at age of 4. Been prssregoing well at a special school nearby, academically. Din do much on his food intake. Less and minimum sugar intakes of course.Recently, the school teachers say my boy is not complying with the teaching and teachers. They claimed he’s been super hyper at school. Whilst, at home I dun see much different now and then. Teachers were saying he is a brilliant boy, yet he has behavior problems. I brought him for IgG test last week. Result will be out in 3-4 weeks. I tried some GF products for him. I’ve been wondering that suitable diets for my boy is GFCF preferably or minimum/zero sugar? I’m confused. My boy is a picky eater. Please advise .Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Lalaine says:

    I don’t know who you wrote this for but you hlpeed a brother out.


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