New Jersey’s Screaming Females have today released the lead single, “Mourning Dove” from their forthcoming album, Desire Pathway, out this Friday on Don Giovanni Records. “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.”
Marissa explains: “It is seldom that any Screaming Females song is about just one thing. Mourning Dove is the only exception that I can really think of, a song about being profoundly in love while simultaneously being profoundly heartbroken.”
Streaming and pre-order link HERE
Formed in 2005 in New Brunswick, NJ, Screaming Females has consistently created a hearty, surprising mix of indie-, alt-, punk- and stoner-rock, all with their original line-up of Paternoster, “King Mike” Mike Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums).
Desire Pathway was recorded at Minnesota’s Pachyderm Studios (where Nirvana recorded In Utero) and produced by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Foxing etc).. 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.
Compared with their previous record (2018’s expansive All at Once), Desire Pathway feels refreshed and direct.
Now 17 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 just might like where it leads you.
EU/UK TOUR DATES:
Jun 05 – Cologne, DE – Bumann & SOHN
Jun 06 – Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
Jun 07 – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang (Goldener Salon)
Jun 08 – Groningen, NL – VERA
Jun 09 – Brussels, BE – Botanique (Rotonde)
Jun 10 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
Jun 12 – Brighton, UK – Hope & Ruin
Jun 13 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade
Jun 14 – London, UK – Oslo
Jun 15 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Jun 16 – Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy
Jun 17 – Manchester, UK – YES
Desire Pathway Tracklisting:
- Brass Bell
- Desert Train
- Let You Go
- Beyond The Void
- Mourning Dove
- It’s All Said And Done
- So Low
- Let Me Into Your Heart