I’m in the Band: Marissa Paternoster, Episode 7



Marissa Paternoster, lead singer and guitarist of Screaming Females, may be little but she’s loud. The Jersey band’s name brings to mind “hysteria,” the stigma of mental illness and women protesting their lot, and Paternoster confronts it fiercely with some serious shredding. An only child and an introvert, she grew up with a passion for comics, drawing, and before long, guitar. Coming out of the New Brunswick punk house party scene, the three-piece, do-it- yourself band lives for the road and has just released their seventh studio album, All at Once. In this episode, Paternoster explains Juggalo culture, the difficulties of coming out while eating an Oreo, and sings her go-to karaoke song, Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

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