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The Screaming Females

(updated April 28 2019)

In case you’re new to the Screaming Females, the band members are Jarrett Dougherty on drums, Mike Abbate (King Mike) on bass and Marissa Paternoster doing vocals and lead guitar.  They are part of the New Brunswick, NJ, DIY Punk movement, and arguably one of the best groups from that area and of that genre.  Although none of them live there now, at their shows they proudly introduce themselves as a New Brunswick punk group.  While they are a very talented group, they are very humble.  They enthusiastically support all the bands they tour with, and many others.  Just a quick search on the internet will bring up many videos, articles and interviews of the band, so no need to go into all that here.  Suffice it to say that in my opinion they are one of the best punk bands of all time.

I will point out a few items in particular that you should check out.  The very talented Lance Bangs has produced some great videos of the band – my favorites are Parts 1 and 2 of the Noisey Specials.

And here’s a great quote about the band from Steve Albini:

 “What attracted me to punk rock when it first exploded was that it was unpredictable and that no two bands had very much in common. Each band committed itself to a unique set of ideas, and it didn’t matter what other bands were doing or what the audience might expect. Screaming Females are that same kind of wide-open punk rock, from before it condensed into a style and every band had to be taken on its own terms. They are a great band and I hope they keep going forever.”

Some of the band members have active side projects.  King Mike has recently started State Champion Records, and has started playing in Sweaty, as well as the Screaming Females.  Marissa is a very talented artist, and her work has been featured at art shows – check out her work here.


from Empty Head

Why must I be the angry one
I won’t cry, fine line between our love
I can’t speak but you ask
What have I done?