Black Moon Review

(provided by Jack Silbert, aka Hoboken Jack)


It’s been two years since we scaled Rose Mountain, and finally Screaming Females have returned with the single “Black Moon.” It’s a corker, but did you expect any less? Four minutes of insistent, charging rock. For the first eight seconds, bassist King Mike and drummer Jarrett Dougherty set the scene, locking into a steady groove, before Marissa Paternoster’s alternately rough-edged and wailing guitar enters the mix. She doesn’t provide extended pyrotechnics this time around, but the song certainly doesn’t need it.

The narrator here wants out of a relationship. Often repeated is the phrase “Now we all dream alone,” which for me harked back to Gang of Four’s classic “We Live As We Dream, Alone.”

Late in the song, we get a slight breather for 15 seconds, with some ghostly “ooh ooh” vocals. Then it’s back to full speed ahead toward the finish line. I don’t know if “Black Moon” was inspired by this year’s eclipse, but let’s hope we don’t have to wait till 2024 for more music.