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Screaming Females: Feminist Rockers Want to Help You Feel “Less Alone” 

Monday 02nd, October 2017 / 12:00
By Kennedy Enns  

Guitarist and vocalist Marissa Paternoster talk about new single and tour.

CALGARY – Screaming Females released their first new single since their critically acclaimed album Rose Mountain in 2015 titled “Black Moon” on September 22. The thunderous and commanding single showcased the trio on full form; it was a sweet teaser for their impending seventh studio album (unfortunately, the release date is yet to be confirmed).  After taking a break from touring, the New Brusnwick, New Jersey based band is itching to get back into the live arena, travelling with Street Eaters across the United States with a few stops in Canada along the way.  

Their 2015 release Rose Mountain charmed listeners and critics alike, showcasing a more polished and sophisticated version of their raw rock and roll onslaught. It perpetuated the high praise for lead singer and guitarist Marissa Paternoster, who’s dubbed one of the best in modern rock music courtesy of what SPIN calls her “legendary guitar solos.” With aggressive hits like “Empty Head” and epic break-up ballads like “Hopeless,” you can expect nothing but high energy from their live performance.  

What Paternoster misses most about being on tour is interacting with fans.

“It doesn’t matter to me how people find our music, I just want people to listen to music that makes them happy,” begins the musician, who formed the band in 2005 alongside her bassist King Mike.

“I grew up listening to Sleater-Kinney,” she says, referencing the legendary three-piece leftist rock trio hailing from Olympia, Washington.  

“It was bands like that that [which] helped me feel less alone.”  

She’s happy that she can share that feeling now with people who love Screaming Females’ music.  

“I was 15 and gay and didn’t know how to deal with it at all, I didn’t know where I could even look to find some semblance of comfort,” she reveals.

“But then when I found out about bands like Sleater-Kinney and [first generation riot grrrl band] Bratmobile, I finally found some kind of media I could take in that made me feel like I was going to be fine.”  

 

Screaming Females are performing October 8 at The Club at The Exchange (Regina), October 10 at The Rec Room (Edmonton) and October 11 at The Palomino Smokehouse & Bar (Calgary).

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