New Jersey indie rockers Screaming Females are gearing up to release their new album, Ugly, on April 3rd, and they just dropped a new track from it. “Expire” is a gritty garage stomper with a classic 70s post-punk bite, replete with jittery lead guitar in the verses and basement-filling drums. It’s not completely foreign territory for the Screamales, but it does present something of a departure from the straight up college rock sound of their earlier work. Plus, even though Steve Albini’s approach as a producer is notoriously hands-off, there is something to be said for the production on this track. As gritty and punk as it sounds, “Expire” still boasts an excellent mix, in which all the instruments come through loud, clean, and clear.
However, the best part of the song are frontwoman Marissa Paternoster’s vocals. She yelps and shrieks like an animal on this track, calling to mind post-punk legends like Siouxsie Sioux with her tremolo-riddled wail. More than anything, she sounds like she’s having fun, and as a listener, I am too. Ugly is available for pre-order now from Don Giovanni Records.