Searing New Brunswick trio Screaming Females would really like it if people stopped making a big deal out of their longevity. Yeah, they've been around ten years, and in those ten years they've cemented a reputation as one of the hardest-rocking, most beloved guitar bands in the U.S. And yes, that is an impressive accomplishment for a resolutely DIY group. But as drummer Jarrett Dougherty puts it, "We're not going to commemorate it. We're just going to keep going."
Robert Menzer for the Village Voice Screaming Females backstage at the Knitting Factory
For them, "keep going" means releasing their fifth studio album, Rose Mountain, out February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. Its ten unrelenting tracks represent thirty-five minutes of kinetic intensity, courtesy of singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster's powerful voice and unmistakable solos, which have become the band's calling card. It's the most ambitious record Screaming Females have ever made, and one that took a grueling journey to release.More »