Screaming females

Screaming Females
Oslo, Norway, 11 August 2012.
Background information
Origin New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Years active 2005-present
Labels Don Giovanni Records
Members Marissa Paternoster
Jarrett Dougherty
King Mike

Screaming Females is an American independent rock band, often labeled as a punk rock band, from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released five full length albums. The band features Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass.


Mike and Marissa formed a band in high school under the name Surgery On TV. After several lineup changes they finally decided on the trio and a name change to Screaming Females. The Screaming Females got their start in the basement show scene of New Brunswick, NJ . Shows are held in the houses of various bands, students, and residents, so people under 21 can attend. The band has gone on to achieve success with a wider exposure, having been featured on NPR,[1] Last Call with Carson Daly,[2] and MTV.[3] The Screaming Females have played with bands such as Garbage,[4] Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF the Brotherhood, Little Lungs, Cheeky, The Ergs, Shellshag, The Measure.[5]


With their fifth studio album Ugly the Screaming Females collaborated with noted audio engineer Steve Albini.[6] The album received across the board favorable reviews from media outlets, such as, The A.V. Club, Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork Media, Alternative Press, CMJ, and others.[7]

Chalk Tape

In February 2013, Screaming Females released the self produced EP Chalk Tape for streaming online. The EP was also sold as a limited run cassette tape as well as in a digital download format. According to the band's website Chalk Tape is a departure from their typical songwriting process. In writing Chalk Tape the band laid out their plans on a chalk board beforehand and then recorded the songs with no rewrites.[8]

In September of 2013 the band will go out on tour with label mates Waxahatchee and Tenement. In addition, they have announced plans to release a new album in 2014.[9]

Band members

  • Marissa Paternoster; vocals, guitar
  • Jarrett Dougherty; drums
  • King Mike; bass


Studio albums

Year Title Label
2006 Baby Teeth Self-released / Don Giovanni Records (reissued 2009)
2007 What if Someone is Watching Their T.V.? Self-released / Don Giovanni Records (reissued 2009)
2009 Power Move Don Giovanni Records
2010 Castle Talk Don Giovanni Records
2012 Ugly Don Giovanni Records


Year Title Label Format
2006 "Arm Over Arm/Zoo of Death" Self-released 7"
2008 "Screaming Females/Hunchback Neil Young Tribute - Split" Freedom School Records 7"
2008 "Screaming Females/Full of Fancy - Split" Let's Pretend Records 7"
2009 "Screaming Females/JEFF the Brotherhood" Infinity Cat Records 7"
2013 "Screaming Females/Garbage (band) - Because The Night" Stunvolume Records 10"


Year Title Label
2010 Singles Don Giovanni Records
2013 Chalk Tape Don Giovanni Records


External links

  • Screaming Females Homepage
  • Screaming Females Interview on
  • Screaming Females Interview on
  • Interview on
  • The Session Tape: Screaming Females LIVE
  • Screaming Females: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR)

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