Photo by Bob Sweeney
Despite starting off with a thirty second burst of electronic noise that would make an art school band proud, Screaming Females' latest is a pure rock song. "Brass Bed" continues the New Jersey trios' path towards a more polished, less raw sound. Of course, that's a relative statement since "Brass Bed" is hardly a mainstream rock song. Although this could be Screaming Females' biggest sounding song to date. Marissa Paternoster's guitarwork is the stuff of legends, and this song might not be Screaming Females moving towards the mainstream, but forcing the mainstream to move towards them. And it's about time that happened.
Marissa Paternoster says of the new single:
"'Brass Bell' is a song about surrendering your autonomy to something so overwhelmingly powerful you willingly relinquish your ambitions and self-worth. My intention was to draw an interesting dichotomy between the muscular nature of the song and the rather bleak, worried lyrics."
You can listen to "Brass Bed" below. Desire Pathway is due out February 17 on Don Giovanni Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Screaming Females, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.