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Screaming Females + Sniffany and The Nits
June 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
SCREAMING FEMALES have now been a band for half the lifetime of its members. Formed in 2005 in New Brunswick, NJ, the trio has consistently created a hearty, surprising mix of indie, alt, punk and stoner-rock, all with their original line-up of Marissa Paternoster (guitar, vocals), “King Mike” Mike Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums). Released on February 17th by Don Giovanni Records, the group’s new album ‘Desire Pathway’ was recorded at Minnesota’s Pachyderm Studios (where Nirvana recorded In Utero) and produced by Matt Bayles (Foxing, Pearl Jam, Mastodon, et al.). Bright and full, the album captures the band at a time when nothing was certain other than their abiding desire to make music together.
‘Desire Pathway’ opens with the Sabbathy hypnotism of “Brass Bell.” Following a swelling haze of synth, feedback shrieks, martial snares advance, and the band explodes into a bracing groove. Soon, Paternoster makes the cryptic announcement: “I have flown us to the moon,” and we’re off. The song has the effect of clearing one haze and replacing it with another, much heavier one. “Beyond the Void” may gather gloomily, but it quickly releases into its jangly, memorable chorus. Single “Mourning Dove” successfully channels the Pixies into a tight, driving power-pop song that passionately declares “My love for you is too strong to hide.” Now 18 years and eight albums in, Screaming Females are still making their own path in the world, still touring DIY and releasing music without compromise. The route might cut a little off the main road, but you’ll quickly see there’s a reason they’re on it. You might like where it leads you.
SNIFFANY AND THE NITS are a deranged, genuinely troubling punk band from London featuring Joanna Gruesome, Ex-Void and The Tubs members. The Unscratchable Itch is their debut album via PRAH Recordings. Sister Sniffany and her singular lyrical performance style elevate the band beyond the sum of their influences. Her lyrics touch on a world of hidden humiliations, girl abjection, crumpled lager cans, clam chowder and lumpy, over-stuffed dollies. The band veer between atonal no-wave guitar assault, straight-up hardcore, goth/anarcho or whatever takes their fancy while remaining identifiably Nit-like. Always grounded by a pounding, pogo-ing rhythm section, The Nits provide the perfect backdrop for Sister Sniffany’s wild, relentless live performances.
SNIFFANY AND THE NITS
Wednesday 14 June
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £15 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ld532d69ac2a