Screaming Females "All At Once" Is The Rock Album You Need To Hear

Screaming Females "All At Once" Is The Rock Album You Need To Hear

"Screaming Females" comes through with their 7th album "All At Once", an album that grabs you by the ears and shreds in your face

Guitar driven rock music has gone from being one of the main arteries of the cultural music landscape to being something more like the appendix- it's there, but its function and necessity have been long since forgotten. It's sorta not 'important' anymore. And it's not even solely in the mainstream, radio music sense that rock and the various genres under its umbrella have fallen off- even in the underground, indie scenes, the well of rock music is mostly dry, when it comes to pushing the envelope, to blazing the trail ahead and making music that feels fresh. There are some great groups out there that are guitar heavy, like "King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard" (real name), but they're bands whose sound is throwback focused, is aping older musical styles and ideas. Guitar music is at a bit of a stand still.

And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, either. Guitar music has long dominated the music landscape, has had an integral place every decade. Rock music can take a break, can let other styles of music have their time to shine. And it's no big secret that hip hop and rap are shining as genres perhaps now more than ever, have come to rule the roost, both in the mainstream and the underground. This new prominence has birthed some of the most amazing new artists and groups producing tunes today, people like "JPEGMAFIA", "Kendrick Lamar", "Rapsody", "Death Grips", 'BROCKHAMPTON", "Danny Brown", just to name a few. Rap, hip hop, and all the tree branch-genres snaking off of it are going through a sort of creative metamorphosis, an explosive period of innovation and experimentation that's birthed some wild, game changing stuff.

All this preamble is to say that while rock music is going through a lull, a damn good rock record came out, a real diamond in the rough. That record is Screaming Females "All At Once". Don't sleep on it.

Screaming Females are a New Jersey band that sticks hard to their D.I.Y. roots from its early days in basement show scene in Jersey. They maintain the same raw, frenetic energy they've had on all their records, feeling like some intense, jagged mix of "Dinosaur Jr", "Sleater Kinney", and even "The Cranberries" at times. The true selling point for me of Screaming Females though is their lead guitarist/vocalist, Marissa Paternoster. Obviously a band is a band is a band, its never just one person, it takes a village, etc. But gosh dang, is Marissa a fantastic fronter to an electrifying group. She shreds, dude. Check this cover they group did of "Shake It Off". The power she wields in a single guitar is overwhelming. So much so that "Spin Magazine" named her 77th greatest guitarist of all time. And that was only back in 2012, before 2015's fantastic "Rose Mountain", and more pressingly, their newest record "All At Once".

So the actual record "All At Once" is a 15 track, razor sharp 45 minute sprawl of punk, indie and experimental sounds, punctuated of course by some amazing guitar work. The record kicks off with the fantastic, brooding tune of "Glass House", a song with this hypnotic riff that slinks repetitively through the track, before exploding into this outro jam session, where Marissa bellows:

"My life in this glass house

Impossible to get out"

Which is a trait of Marissa's, and "Screaming Females" in general, that should not be overlooked- Marissa's yelping, bellowing singing voice, which like her guitar work, seems too powerful for her body to contain, threatens to explode out of her. It probably isn't for everyone- their cover of Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" might be the perfect testing ground for first time listeners in regards to Marissa's voice. It's different- it's powerful, and it's passionate, and if you take it for what it is, you'll see the raw beauty of it. Especially in tracks like "Black Moon" and "I'll Make You Sorry".

"All At Once" is a high energy, visceral record, but it has its quieter, emotionally captivating moments too, like on "Deeply", a somber, indie rock flavored track, where Marissa sings:

"Play for me that song that you wrote hysterically loud

And lie to me cause I figured it out

I figured you out

I fall so deeply"

Give this album a try. Screaming Females is a group that has maintained a steady output for a decade, and seem to only be getting better and better as the years go by. While probably not some trailblazing, 'save-rock'n'roll' kind of record, "All At Once" is a catchy, fun, and emotional piece of music, one I can't seem to stay for away from these days. And at a breezy 45~ minutes, it's not too much a time commitment to sit down with a pair of headphones and let the album take you for a ride.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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