Screaming Females have called it quits. After 18 years as a band, the New Jersey trio announced their breakup today on social media, writing, “After 18 years we have decided that Screaming Females is coming to an end. A lot changed around us over those 18 years but at our core we operated pretty much the same throughout. We funded and made the records we wanted to make.”
They continued: “We did our own art. We printed a lot of our own merch. We managed ourselves. Probably most importantly we loaded up our van with our gear and traveled around the world to play shows wherever you would have us. We tried to build and celebrate community the best we could. There are too many people to thank and too many things that should be said but right now we have some leftover merch that we would love to get out of Mike’s basement! Order something for you, your friends, your family, your pets!”
Screaming Females – guitarist/vocalist Marissa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate, and drummer Jarrett Dougherty – self-released their debut full-length, Baby Teeth, in 2006 before signing to Don Giovanni, which issued all of their subsequent records. Their most recent LP, Desire Pathway, came out earlier this year. In 2021, Paternoster dropped her solo debut, Peace Meter.
“I never took getting to work with a band like this for granted, I never took seeing them play for granted, and will be forever grateful for their role in my life,” Don Giovanni owner Joe Steinhardt wrote in a statement. “More than a band but family. Marissa Paternoster, Jarrett Dougherty, and Mike Abbate. Long live Screaming Females.”
After 18 years we have decided that Screaming Females is coming to an end. A lot changed around us over those 18 years but at our core we operated pretty much the same throughout. We funded and made the records we wanted to make. We did our own art… pic.twitter.com/WZ24B8HnQP
— Screaming Females (@Screamales) December 5, 2023