Twenty-fifteen marked a lot of milestones for Screaming Females. As one of America’s most critically acclaimed underground punk bands, they released their sixth full-length album, Rose Mountain via Don Giovanni Records, worked for the first time with an outside producer, hit quadruple digits on the live show front and marked their ten-year anniversary as a band.
Equal parts Dinosaur Jr and Sleater-Kinney, the trio of Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocals), Michael Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums), ten years on, are still as hard working and viciously independent as they were when they began in 2005. Paternoster’s vocals have been likened to those of Corin Tucker in the way they wither and howl with a vibrato that blows minds time and again, while her shredding guitar abilities have seen her named in SPIN Magazine’s “Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time.” Having notched up over one thousand shows in the northern hemisphere, exuding a frenetic energy with an almost frightening level of intensity which has seen them join stages alongside, Dinosaur Jr, Garbage, The Dead Weather and the list goes on, 2016 sees them make their first ever trip below the equator.
On their latest release, Rose Mountain the trio worked with producer and engineer, Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Sword, Minus The Bear, Soundgarden), to delve deeper than they ever have before into the intricacies of guitar tones and drum sounds. Rose Mountain sees Screaming Females produce a record that is their most concise, crisp and melodic yet.
Joining Screaming Females on their epic NZ adventure is Bozo, the Auckland 5 piece with shake appeal. Bozo started as the two-piece recording project of Yolanda Fagan (Drums) and Guy Forks (Guitar) of the Echo Ohs. Three stunners quickly joined in succession, widening and extending the sound into what is now a swoon worthy ruckus. Hariet Ellis (Power Cruise) - Bass, keys and vox. Durham Fenwick (New Gum Sarn) switches between rhythm and lead guitar. And Mason Fairey (The Naenae Express and too many other bands to mention) fills out the sparse sideways drumming with hypnotizing tambourine. Watch for an album from these guys soon!
Screaming Females with special guests Bozo
Wednesday August 17th – Whammy!, Auckland
Thursday August 18th – Totara Street, Tauranga
Friday, August 19 – Valhalla, Wellington with Street Chant
Saturday, August 20 – Yot Club, Raglan
tickets on sale Friday 9th July via Under The Radar