Photo by Heather Kaplan
Screaming Females recently embarked on a US tour that runs through mid-November. Beginning tomorrow (October 7th), the tour will come in support not of only April’s Live at the Hideout, but also a brand-new 7-inch single entitled, “Wishing Well”.
“I’m certain that many listeners will consider this song a ‘departure’ for us, but really, we’ve never had a set formula as to what style of music we ought to be playing,” frontwoman Marissa Paternoster told Rolling Stone. “When we first started playing it live, people seemed to take to it immediately. People would always ask, ‘Hey, play that song about the wishing well or whatever it’s called!'”
“Departure” certainly is a slight understatement in regards to this mid-tempo indie rock jam. Gone is the bad’s usual barrage of relentless angst and dissonance, replaced by steady bass grooves, danceable percussion, and lithe, strummy guitars. Even as they jump a couple intensity levels at the very end, the song’s best described as “playful” and “shimmery.” The piece de resistance, though, is Paternoster, who sounds alive with extra warmth as she cuts out the screaming for truly evocative crooning.
Listen in below.
“Wishing Well” comes backed by “Let Me In”. Pre-orders are ongoing.
The Screaming Females tour continues tonight in Columbus, OH, with the final date set for November 8th in Asbury Park, NJ. Consult the full schedule here.