VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Screaming Females – “Hopeless”

by on February 26, 2015

Posted in: Music, Punk, Rock

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At the tiny bar/music venue called the Monkey House in Winooski, VT, there’s a bathroom stall in the girl’s room that has some graffiti scrawled about Screaming Females frontperson Marissa Paternoster. It reads “M. PATERNOSTER IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TALENTED LADY I KNOW”  Every time I go to the Monkey House for a show I use this stall, and every time I stare at this ode to M.P. and wish she were my best friend.

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Listening to Rose Mountain, her latest record with Screaming Females,  is clearly the next best thing, especially when it comes to my favorite track, the rip-my-heart-out lonely anthem, “Hopeless.” The band just released an official video, and like everything else they do, it’s bloody great. According to a quote from director Lance Bangs (via Noisey) they edited the clips, turned them into a 35mm negative strip, had movie prints made, and then Paternoster hand scratched, bleached and animated all 5,400 individual frames.  And that’s not even the most intense finger work Paternoster’s accomplished as of late. While filming the video on a freezing New Jersey night this winter she shred so hard that her fingers bled all over the guitar.

Watch it here: