Screaming Females are still screaming! This is their seventh full-length LP to date, and it certainly is full-length, stretching over two LPs in the vinyl edition. All At Once brings in additional instrumentation in the form of wurlitzer organs(!) and synths, as well as an additional (ex-Fugazi!) drummer on one track, making for a grander version of that Screaming sound. On Don Giovanni.
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Still alive and screaming, the Screaming Females usher in their latest record with more of the good stuff: scuzzy guitars routed into a kinda doomy riff and good co-conspired vocals that make them sound ready to kick off. They’ve been a good punk band since forever so they barely need to change a thing, but they don’t half know their way around a curveball -- that moment where “Glass House” goes temporarily ethereal before growing back its sharp edge proves ‘All At Once’ to be, somehow, a seventh LP of good ideas.
Basically I’d just like to point you to the best hooks, my favourite of which is the culmination of all of the bits in “I’ll Make You Sorry”, a song that u-turns scuzz into bubblegum with the bouncy jubilation of Superchunk, peeling back the occasional layer of chorus for an even catchier bit. “Agnes Martin” has one of those back ‘n’ forth metal guitar bits with a bit of chug for good measure; the segue between their “Chamber For Sleep” two parter is… daringly psychedelic? From mere pop-punk goodness, and all. Overall I like this record so much because it sounds like something that would appear on the soundtrack to Simpsons Hit & Run, but it does much more than that, too, and so it rules and rules and rules.
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