Screaming Females

Josef-Strauß-Park, 2010

„Screaming Females were omnipresent, when I was in NYC last summer. You have to check them out,“ a friend told us. However, the band is not exactly from the musical hub New York, but from the much more sedate New Brunswick in New Jersey. Yet the up-and-coming musicians proved that you can literally climb up the stairs to success no matther where you come from. Screaming Females have played a lot of shows in the basement of New Brunswick-houses and helped created a DIY music scene in their hometown. „We don’t sound like what’s currently hip, and what people are trying to copy,“ drummer Jarret Doghterty said in an interview for npr music. „And that’s because we came from a community that was not concerned with what was currently hip.“ So when we meet the unpretentious trio and their former flatmate and now driver for a filming session in Vienna, they set up their gear in a park, where we have ended up once before with Volcano. Marissa Paternoster, King Mike and Jarrett Dougherty then perform the energizing songs „Boss“ and „I Don’t Mind It“ from their latest album „Castle Talk“. And even though Marissa is very good on the guitar and does have a strong voice, she can only laugh if people want to portray her as a tough superwoman and guitar-nerd. When she was featured in the glossy Guitar World magazine and she’d been asked what kind of strings she was using, she was like: „I don’t know. The – I say, can I have the cheapest strings?“ Well, they did not print that answer in the magazine then.

Sarah Brugner
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Sarah Brugner


Josef-Strauss-Park is an oasis in an area of Vienna with particularly little public green space. The 7,800 square meters English-style park is a bit hidden behind a block of houses in the 7th district, with a hard-to-find entrance in Lerchenfelder Straße and one in Kaiserstraße. Due to its location in the middle of apartment houses, the park creates a very private feeling, like walking through a quiet, shady backyard. In summertime, however, the urban greenspace comes to live when children with their parents use the ample playground facilities and passers-by take a break on one of the benches. Not too long, though, because the wrought-iron gates usually close at dusk (watch our session with Volcano! for the counterevidence). The park is named after 19th-century architect, inventor, composer and conductor Josef Strauss, whose brother Johann is the creator of some of the most famous waltzes.