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Premiere: Screaming Females, ‘Leave It All Up to Me’

New Jersey punks raise the dead with help from goths

In their video for “It All Means Nothing,” Screaming Females offered a goofy, bizarrely dark video where bandmates Jarrett Dougherty and King Mike discover Marissa Paternoster’s propensity for dining on cat flesh, leading to an equally strange murder. “Leave It All Up to Me” picks up where we left off, as a trio of goths resurrect a zombie Paternoster, then kidnap and torture Dougherty and King Mike with fiendish glee before devouring their flesh alongside their new undead friend.

“We had such a good time filming the first video for this record we decided to have another go at it and continue with the narrative. Personally, I had a pretty killer time amassing props to create a shrine to Satan in my grandmother’s attic,” says Paternoster on filming the video at her grandmother’s house. “The day I finished setting up the séance scene in the attic my Grandma was downstairs playing a pretty fierce mahjong game with the girls. It was a weird coupling of activities but my Grandma seemed to like what I had done with the room.”

Screaming Females kick off a tour September 6th in Raleigh, North Carolina, joining Garbage for nine dates along the way. For Paternoster, the chance to play with one of her favorite bands was an unexpected opportunity.

“When Screaming Females toured with Against Me! a few years back I asked Laura Jane Grace if she would kindly send Shirley Manson one of our records. Laura and Shirley were buds ’cause Against Me! made a few records with Butch Vig, the drummer in Garbage,” explains Paternoster. “When I was a kid I absolutely loved Garbage, they were my first favorite band. A month or two after the Against Me! tour an unmarked photograph of yours truly popped up on Shirley’s Facebook, and shortly thereafter she contacted me about a recording project that unfortunately fell through.”

Growing up with Garbage gives this tour special meaning for Paternoster, who says, “I wish I could call up 13-year-old Marissa on the phone and tell her that she’s gonna play shows with Garbage. She’d freak out.”

“Leave It All Up to Me” is on Screaming Females latest album, Ugly. For full tour dates, visit the band’s website.

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