Formed in New Brunswick, NJ in 2005, Screaming Females is Marissa Paternoster (guitar, vox), Mike Abbate (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums). Over six albums and more than a decade of music making, the band has remained deeply individual and steadfastly DIY. They have also grown into one of the most dynamic and devastating touring bands going today.
Out February 23 2018, All At Once, is the trio’s most expansive and imaginative work to date — a double LP that swings between surreal miniatures and and solo-heavy sprawl. Concision takes a backseat to experimentation, with arrangements meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live shows. It’s music built across a timeline that’s longer than our internet-enhanced moment typically tolerates and a testament to the band’s dedication and perseverance.
Sam Cook-Parrott writes songs like William Carlos Williams writes poems. “Cut Your Bangs,” “Fireworks,” “Down Again” all work in sharp images punctuated by a seemingly singular emotion, used as a lens to examine some complex feelings. Even long after he moved on from solo bedroom recordings to a full band (Jon Rybicki on bass, Jeff Bolt on drums, and Cynthia Schemmer on guitar/vocals), Radiator Hospital’s punk-flecked power-pop songs are remarkably intimate miniatures perfectly punctuated, often in two minutes or less. [NPR]
Kitten Forever is a Minneapolis-based drums and bass trio. Their distinctly danceable and minimalist punk rock is infused with pop sensibilities and a streamlined, energetic performance where Laura Larson, Corrie Harrigan, and Liz Elton switch instruments seamlessly throughout their live shows as well as in their recorded work. This democratic approach to performing and songwriting gives the band a unified front, deconstructing traditional stage hierarchy.