Out October 18th, Singles Too is a complete collection of Screaming Females’ non-album recordings, gathering the band’s early 7” singles, digital-only b-sides, rarities, and one pretty great remix. The digital version also gathers six cover songs, including the New Jersey trio’s re-works of songs by Neil Young, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and Patti Smith.
The tracklist -- which is arranged chronologically -- provides a roadmap of the band’s progress through 15+ years, seven albums, and countless tours. “On the first single we ever put out, there were mistakes that I made playing guitar that make me want to crawl in a hole and die,” says guitarist Marissa Paternoster, recalling the sessions for “Arm Over Arm” and “Zoo of Death.” “At the time I didn’t know I was allowed to say, ‘Can I do that again and correct it? I was 19, giving it my all.”
On Singles Too, you can hear Screaming Females lay it down at Milltown, NJ’s post-apocalyptic recording-on-a-budget one-stop, The Hunt -- tin roof, flammable mixing board, DIY growlab housed in back of Marshall cab -- AND at posh Los Angeles hit-factory, East West Studios, where they convened with members of Garbage to cover “Because the Night.”
The b-sides included here also capture the breadth of the trio’s creativity, with compelling detours and tangents otherwise unrepresented in their catalog -- from Sammus and Moor Mother’s re-work of “End of My Bloodline” to the stripped down demo of Rose Mountain’s “Hopeless.” And it doesn’t hurt that Singles Too is also full of hits, even though they’re other people’s hits, though -- much loved cover versions of classics by Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Neil Young, Patti Smith, and more.
Singles Too is a rarities comp, yes, but it’s a very, very compelling one, gathering Screaming Females most obscure original material together with it’s best-known performances of other people’s songs. A deep dive, an introduction, and a history lesson all at once.
Formed in 2005, Screaming Females are Marissa Paternoster (guitar), Mike Abbate (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums). They have released seven full-length albums and toured across the world.