Being a band is a tough challenge especially in today’s current climate. It’s a testament then to their work ethic, consistent quality and dedication that Screaming Females the indie-rock band fronted by Melissa Paternoster is still very much kicking. Their latest annual Garden-Party celebration which spanned two nights at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City was an eclectic and electrifying showcase of original music that spanned genres and proved the band’s impact still very much resonates.
Both nights were chock full of quality but there were some definite highlights to be found from each. Baltimore punk rock band Truth Cult kicked off Night 1 with an invigorating and joyous set that proved they’re worth the hype. Rising ska superstars Catbite were an absolute blast on Night 2. And speaking of rising talent, hardcore cult favorites Gel all but dominated in their live wire opening set that more than got the crowd going. The diversity of genre was on display throughout with a beautiful performance by indie-artist Laura Stevenson and the mix of acoustic songwriter vibes by Nina Nastasia and NYC-style hip-hop with duo Arm and Hammer further solidified the sheer scope of this event.
Of course the main attraction remained Screaming Females themselves and both nights they delivered equally robust and powerhouse performances that was full of fan favorites and choice material off of their latest record Desire Pathway. Melissa Paternoster proved that she stills remain a force of nature live and her searing and emotional performances were sheerly mesmerizing to behold. The chemistry as well between each band member is still as seamless as ever and the audience was in complete awe throughout. With so many live music options these days it can hard to stand out. However, in the case of Screaming Females their latest Garden Party is a testament to their ever-enduring appeal and served as a captivating showcase for diversity and originality. Judging by this year, next year will only continue to get bigger and better! Be sure to follow Screaming Females on all social media and streaming platforms for more information regarding upcoming shows and announcements!
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