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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Screaming Females slay, bring openers a new audience

Screaming Females singer Marissa Paternoster lives up to her bands name.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Screaming Females singer Marissa Paternoster lives up to her band's name.

Some nights, Screaming Females play big venues, opening for the likes of Against Me! and Garbage, and in the process get exposed to those bands' fans. On other nights, the group still performs at tiny punk clubs, like 529, where they appeared on June 5. That's when they are the more established band, packing the house with college students who otherwise might have never seen the opening acts.

Sharps guitarist German Monroy plays to a new audience.
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  • Sharps guitarist German Monroy plays to a new audience.

In Atlanta, support was provided by noisy locals Sharps and Wymyns Prysyn, with the latter playing one last send-off before tour. Both bands put on a good show to mostly unfamiliar faces that, unlike some of us regulars, showed up early and were way more interested in seeing bands than drinking or mingling.

Marissa Paternoster and drummer Jarrett Dougherty lead the charge at 529.
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  • Marissa Paternoster and drummer Jarrett Dougherty lead the charge at 529.

Scremales co-founder King Mike rounds out a stellar rhythm section that blends in with Paternosters riffs and yelps.
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  • 'Scremales' co-founder King Mike rounds out a stellar rhythm section that blends in with Paternoster's riffs and yelps.

Screaming Females lived up to its lofty expectations, playing a lengthy set made up mostly of newer material. The three-piece has been playing live constantly since forming in 2005, aside from a recent and brief hiatus due to one member's health concerns. They are among the few current bands with DIY ethics and catchy riffs that should appeal to punks, record collectors, and other weirdo rock enthusiasts while also drawing an even broader audience. Seeing guitarist and singer Marissa Paternoster, a legit shredder with distinct vocals, is worth the price of admission alone, especially in an intimate setting, though their big sound likely fills larger clubs just as effectively.

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