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60-Second Review: Screaming Females’ Ugly

Posted on: April 19, 2012

Screaming Females - Ugly

If you had fallen into a coma in 1992, only to awake 20 years later to the sound of the new Screaming Females record, you would think you were listening to the work of superstars.  That they are just another mildly successful indie band is a testament to how popular music has changed in the last two decades.  On Ugly, you’ll find no electronics, no loops, no vocal manipulations.  What you will find is a trio of musicians delivering punishing riffs, searing guitar solos, and the kind of unabashedly primal vocals that announce to the world “We’re here to rock.”

Opening the record with twin gems “It All Means Nothing” and “Rotten Apple,” the band embraces the loud-quiet-loud dynamic pioneered by The Pixies while filling in the blanks with the kind of guitar flourishes that would make Dinosaur Jr proud.  Lest you think this album is an indie history lesson, however, fear not.  The next twelve tracks are pure Guitar-World-style worship, with axelady Marissa Paternoster variably saluting the posters on her wall, form Jimmy Page to Tony Iommi to Tom Morello. Culminating in the seven-minute crunch-fest “Doom 84,” Ugly is the most recognizable “rock n’ roll” record you are likely to hear this year, not to mention one of the best.  So don’t worry: if you do find yourself falling into that coma, I’ve got just the remedy.




1 Response to "60-Second Review: Screaming Females’ Ugly"

[…] with OBN IIIs on 6/7, another FP punk rock favorite, or in NYC at Warsaw on 6/13 with Ceremony and Screaming Females, who you know we’re big fans […]

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