Day 342: Screaming Females – Power Move

5 Feb


Story time.

I’ve seen these guys live twice, but only in opening spots.  The first time was at a Dead Weather show, which makes complete sense.  Screaming Females’ harsh, lo-fi sounds goes pretty well with The Dead Weather and their faux-fi mediocrity.  However, the second time I saw these guys, they took the stage before Arctic Monkeys, of all bands.

In case you don’t know, those two groups have absolutely nothing in common.  From sound (Arctic Monkeys are about as polished as a rock band can be) to the stereotypical fan (think 16-year-old girl with a Tumblr for Arctic Monkeys, and punk that lives in a dumpster for Screaming Females), it could be said that there was a slight mismatch in this pairing. The crowd at The Dead Weather show tolerated the Females, but things didn’t go so well for the band at that Arctic Monkeys show.  A restless crowd full of obnoxious pre-teens almost booed them off the stage.  That made me sad, and I made a mental note to buy a record of theirs after the show, but then I forgot.

So Screaming Females faded into the deep recesses of my brain until I saw that they’re currently on a record store tour, where they are the headliners.  I figured I owe it to them to check out one of their records.

If you’ve been able to put up with the “shouty” and “screamy” stuff that I have written about in the past, Screaming Females’ Power Move will be a breeze.  Frontwoman Marissa Paternoster sounds more like a Fever to Tell-era Karen O, or maybe even Joan Jett than, say, someone trying to cause permanent damage to her vocal chords.  In front of some fast-paced and distorted (but impressive) guitar work, what’s not to like?


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