Screaming Females: Laura & Marty

The video is shaky-cam, handheld tour footage. People stick their tongues out, run around “Can’t Buy Me Love” style, play instruments and generally look to be having a good time. While all that’s going on, the song “Laura & Marty” plays and this is the first track from Screaming Female’s Castle Talk, which was considered a Letters From A Tapehead honorable mention for 2010.

Castle Talk was reviewed for Kicking Against The Pricks. All the information below comes courtesy of Force Field PR and, thanks to the band's current stint as an opener for a series of shows, I'm inadvertently advertising the headliner, Against Me!. For the record, I'm not a fan.

Screaming Females premieres "Laura & Marty" video with Washington Post

On tour now with Against Me! and Lemuria

VIDEO: "Laura + Marty" - v=soTg-Q20du4

STREAM: "Laura + Marty" - forcefieldpr/screaming- females-laura-marty

Since the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album Castle Talk in September 2010, Screaming Females has been a whirlwind of relentless touring including supporting Ted Leo across the U.S., 5 weeks in Europe, and headlining tours stateside. Their hard work has also landed them coveted spots opening for Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Dinosaur Jr and The Arctic Monkeys, to name a few. 2011 has seen the underground band bring their uncompromising sound to a mainstream audience with their network TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly and appearances at SXSW. Through it all, Screaming Females have continued to make a name for themselves with their raucous live shows, driven by front woman Marissa Paternoster's famed guitar heroics, while maintaining their punk rock sensibilities.

But Screaming Females' success did not come overnight: it came after four years of playing over 300 self-booked shows at nontraditional show spaces, sleeping on floors around the country, self-releasing their first two albums, and breathing new life into the New Brunswick, New Jersey DIY basement show circuit. With
Castle Talk the trio have proved their abilities as more than just a pint-sized guitar shredder. Castle Talk showcases their growth together as a unit, as a band, with some of their most complex and confident songwriting to date.

Power Move was the first record that a lot of people had heard by us, and after that came out a lot of people had the same reaction, that Marissa is a woman who can play guitar solos," says drummer Jarrett Dougherty. "But we are more than just that simplistic observation and I think this record shows that."

The Screaming Females story starts in New Brunswick in 2005, with Marissa on guitar and vocals, Jarrett on dru
ms, and King Mike on bass. With no all-ages venues in town, the band met their biggest obstacle at the start: finding places to play. But the solution (if there is no venue to play, create your own show space in your basement) was the driving force behind the DIY work ethic that would eventually propel the band forward; the grassroots approach born out of necessity in New Brunswick ultimately Screaming Females developed into a mindset that the band now prides itself on. In 2006, the band self-released Baby Teeth, followed by a second self-release in 2007, What If Someone Is Watching Their TV? Simultaneously, learning from trial and error, plus inspiration from reading Our Band Could Be Your Life, the band booked hundreds of shows in DIY spaces, houses, cafes, and side-of-road co-ops. In 2009 Screaming Females released Power Move, their first full-length with any label (or any outside help, really), released by New Brunswick label Don Giovanni Records. The label mirrors the band's values, champions their hometown, and most importantly, is run by their friends.

The band is continuing their non-stop touring and DIY work ethic, and is about to embark on a summer tour with legendary Florida punk band, Against Me! After quite a long journey the band is set to, once again, take over ears this summer!


06/02 Washington, DC Black Cat ~

06/03 Towson, MD Recher Theatre ~
06/04 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe ~
06/05 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg ~
06/07 New York, NY Webster Hall ~
06/08 New Haven, CT Toad's Place ~
06/09 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club ~
06/10 Burlington, VT Higher Ground ~
06/11 Northampton, VA Pearl Street Nightclub ~
06/12 Rochester, NY Water Street ~
06/14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues ~
06/15 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall ~
06/16 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection ~
06/17 Chicago, IL The Metro ~
06/18 Milwaukee, WI The Rave ~
06/20 Fargo, ND The Venue ~
06/21 Minneapolis, MN First Ave. ~
06/30 - 07/03 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
08/18 - 08/21 Richmond, VA Best Friends Day
10/28 - 10/30 Gainesville, FL FEST 10

~ = w/ Against Me! and Lemuria

Screaming Females
Castle Talk
(Don Giovanni)
Street Date: Sept. 14, 2010

Laura + Marty

I Don't Mind It
Boss, Normal
A New Kid
Fall Asleep
Nothing at All
Ghost Solo


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