G&L Guitars News: Screaming Females Guitarist Marissa Paternoster

Screaming Females Release Rose Mountain
New Album Features the G&L S-500 Throughout

We recently caught up with G&L guitarist (and S-500™ fan) Marissa Paternoster to discuss New Jersey-based Screaming Females' new album, Rose Mountain, and to talk about her ongoing enthusiasm for the G&L S-500. As with previous Screaming Females releases, Marissa's beloved S-500 appears throughout the entire album!

G&L: Can you let us know what the new album is like? Talk about the recording process and what part your G&L played.

Marissa: Our new album is called Rose Mountain and was recorded last spring with Matt Bayles in Seattle, Washington. Matt is well known for working with bands most would consider heavier than us — like Mastadon, Isis, and Botch. We decided to go with Matt for several reasons. He is both a producer and an engineer. He records clear, concise work, but still knows how to capture the visceral power of a guitar-driven band. I used my G&L on nearly every track for rhythms and leads, just like on every previous Screaming Females record.

G&L: When will the album be released?

Marissa: February 24th, 2015 on Don Giovanni Records.

G&L: We hear you have an important trip coming up in Cali — please describe the details!

Marissa: We have been working closely with a director named Lance Bangs. He's done work for Sonic Youth, Nirvana, R.E.M., and a plethora of other artists. He'll be screening some of his unreleased footage alongside a work in progress about Screaming Females at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco on February 21st.

G&L: What’s next after CA?

Marissa: Screaming Females will be doing a US tour, then leaving for two and a half weeks in Europe to support Rose Mountain.

G&L: How long have you been playing G&L instruments?

Marissa: Fourteen years.

G&L: Why G&L?

Marissa: My G&L was given to me by a family member when I was young. He let me borrow it but never asked for it back, so I became really attached to it. I learned how to play on it and I really haven't found another guitar that I like as much since.

G&L: What do you like most about your G&L S-500?

Marissa: I've always played G&L. My first guitar was a Fender Musicmaster but that didn't last very long. I didn't know how nice my G&L actually was until we got the internet in my childhood home and I did a little research. I was sort of shocked to find out that my cousin had given me such a high end guitar. I have a few other guitars but none of them have every felt as comfortable as my G&L. I value my guitar because it records well, but it tours well too — which is a huge part of what Screaming Females does. I've played nearly 1,000 shows with my G&L and rarely have I experienced any issues.


The Screaming Females. Photo by Lance Bangs.

G&L: The band is having several album release shows — please tell us about those.

Marissa: We are playing three record release shows to support Rose Mountain alongside our label mates in Priests, Vacation, and Tenement in late February. Our website, www.screamingfemales.com, will have all of the information available to anyone interested in attending!

G&L: Where are your fave places to play?

Marissa: There are a lot of places I love to play! Sadly, a lot of my favorite places are gone. I will always have fond memories of Death By Audio in Brooklyn and Maxwell's in Hoboken.

G&L: What’s your fave part about touring? Worst part about touring?

Marissa: I love touring...all aspects of it are ingrained in my persona. We've been on tour fairly consistently since I was 19 (I'm 28 now) so it is difficult for me to say what I like and what I don't like about it. It's very much a part of how I identify with the world.

Be sure to check out Marissa Paternoster and Screaming Females at www.screamingfemales.com.


Previous G&L Features on Marissa Paternoster and Screaming Females:
Marissa Paternoster: G&L Interview
Marissa Paternoster and the Screaming Females: G&L Bio

About the G&L S-500™:
The G&L S-500™ debuted in 1982 as Leo's own evolution of the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe, delivering innovations including the Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato and Magnetic Field Design™ single-coil pickups, each designed by Leo Fender himself. These MFD™ pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end and robust bottom end, all without losing midrange focus.

You'll find plenty of punch in the MFD pickups, but what's surprising is how glassy and detailed they become as you roll back the volume and bass controls, the latter a part of the S-500's PTB™ (Passive Treble and Bass) system which functions on all three pickups. What's more, the S-500 includes a mini-toggle switch to allow neck+bridge or all three pickups together. In a pinch, the neck+bridge combo does a convincing faux ASAT™ Special. Talk about versatile!

The S-500 features a Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, a work of engineering art which allows bending up or down with unsurpassed stability, while offering a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm. The S-500's hard-rock maple neck features an easy-playing satin finish, while its 12" radius lets you bend notes deeply and its Plek-dressed medium-jumbo nickel frets deliver silky playability. The moment you open the luxurious deluxe Tolex hardshell case, you'll be greeted with a stunning instrument and delicious aroma that'll have your pulse racing.

Leo's forward-looking spirit is clearly reflected in the S-500, a guitar he designed for players who share that spirit. If that sounds like you, you owe it to yourself to check out the S-500.