The Screaming Females are a good band to listen to when youre feeling wronged by the universe. Its not about escaping your problems, its about shouting them down. Ive got some problems.
Problem # 1: Marissa Paternoster, the Screaming Females singer and guitarist, was on a cell phone outside a diner somewhere in the Texas desert when I tried to interview her, and our connection sucked. I asked my questions but I could only make out every fifth word or so of her replies. Everything sounded muffly and droney. I faked like we were having a real conversation, hoping the issue would be resolved once I sat down to transcribe.
Problem #2: I just poured a half-full glass of water on my laptop and now it wont turn on. This was the laptop with the .mp3 of the interview on it. Ive made an appointment with a Genius. In the meantime, I guess I cant transcribe the interview I couldnt hear in the first place.
So Im listening to The Screaming Females do loud and defiant really, really well. Their latest record, Rose Mountain, released by the Don Giovanni label back in February, can be pretty but mostly its in-your-face. Broken Neck obviously inspired by Paternosters long battles with mono and other afflictions makes me want to stand up to my oppressors, namely water and shoddy cell phone signals and (soon enough) Geniuses. Its my mad disease! she yells during the powerhouse chorus. Pills and scripts, they push me!
I asked her a question about the song and she answered me, pretty sure. Then I asked her who Empty Head was aimed at because its part salty dis track and part wild cosmic adventure. She answered that too, I imagine.
When The Screaming Females play Union Transfer on Saturday, its kind of a homecoming even though the band is two-thirds from Jersey. Drummer Jarrett Dougherty lives in West Philly, and its not uncommon to see all three band members at shows around town. Paternoster had a comment about that, too, if I recall correctly.
$14 // Sat., Aug. 29, 8:30 p.m., with Vacation, Radiator Hospital and Pinkwash, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.