May 20, 2010

Before seeing Screaming Females live, I hadn’t done the math in my head. All of those tricky guitar parts—Jimi Hendrix by way of Pussy Galore’s Cristina Martinez—was coming from a shy, soft-spoken lady who turned into a lion on stage. Watery waver to full roar; she does all the singing, too. Apparently, Marissa self-taught herself years of guitar when she was taking care of her grandmother, which explains a couple of things: her proficiency and the fact that she doesn’t sound exactly like any other guitarist I can think of. This CDEP is a six-song collection of their little vinyls—splits and 7”s—and if you’re into loud guitars doing wicked things, here’s your ticket.

 –todd (Don Giovanni,