Screaming Females’ sixth LP Rose Mountain is slated for release February 24 on Don Giovanni Records and is available to pre-order now. Setting out with a crystal clear vision to create songs both concise and melodic, the band explores a more streamlined sound, pushing vocal melodies and lyrical themes to the forefront but never sacrificing their signature raw intensity.
Nowhere is this intensity more apparent than in Screaming Females live performance, with their presence and precision almost shockingly apparent, especially when considering the massive sound is created by only three musicians. The trio display their virtuosity and energy in the live video take of “Ripe,” directed by the legendary Lance Bangs (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Kanye West) at 94 Jewel Street Studios. The “Ripe (Live at 94 Jewel)” video transforms the massive riffs of the album single into an epic live experience that fans will surely want to catch on tour.
Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marisa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. The New Jersey DIY-punk trio self-produced their previous releases (with Steve Albini engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) as a producer.