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Screaming Females in Times Square



Our host Jake Nussbaum caught up with Screaming Females over the phone while the band was in the van and on the move on tour, in anticipation of the multimedia event Primal Screams, presented by Times Square Arts and Clocktower at the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in the heart of Times Square on March 15, 2016.

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The band discusses their excitement about playing a punk show at the center of the commercial universe, likening themselves to super heros infiltrating the fortress, along with short stories about their past sojourns as tourists into Times Square. Interspersed with the interview, you will hear snippets of tracks from the band's 2015 album, Rose Mountain. Primal Screams is a raucous night of underground bands with strong female forces, featuring Screaming Females, Guardian Alien, and Priests, each accompanied by the premiere of an eye-popping experimental video work, glowing on the theater’s monumental screen behind them. The concert will be livestreamed at clocktower.org! Screaming Females is an American independent rock band, from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released six full length albums. The band features Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass. Their 2015 album, Rose Mountain - Don Giovanni, is a milestone in a number of ways. Screaming Females had such a clear goal for their new album that it became almost a mantra: they wanted songs that were concise, crisp and melodic. Not only does the album reflect a new approach to the band’s songwriting, the LP marks the first time Screaming Females have worked with an outside producer, and also marks 10 years of playing together. This ten year period has taken the band from playing basement shows in their hometown of New Brunswick to touring with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and Garbage, who teamed with Screaming Females to record a cover of Patti Smith’s Because the Night. They have been featured on NPR and performed on Last Call With Carson Daly, building an audience without losing the focus and drive that inspired them in the first place.
 

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