Screaming Females singer releases first official album by her solo project, Noun

New Jersey punk trio Screaming Females keeps busy enough that it’s anyone’s guess where singer Marissa Paternoster found time to make an album as Noun, her slightly less volatile solo project.

Yet between festivals and tours (including a recent run of dates opening for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists), somehow she managed: Noun’s debut, “Holy Hell,” is out this week on Don Giovanni. It’s less tempestuous than Screaming Females’ clattering punk songs, but it’s no less intense: “Brother” glowers under grinding, sludgy guitar and spare, pounding drums. On the title track, tension builds as the song chugs along in the verses before erupting into a broad, noisy plateau on the chorus.

Each song demonstrate more vocal dexterity than Screaming Females usually requires of Paternoster, and her rugged voice sounds tuneful here on well-constructed melodies. Both her Screaming Females band mates contributed to “Holy Hell,” along with members of Cheeky, Hunchback and Paternoster’s mom, who did the artwork.

Holy Hell mp3
Brother mp3

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