How Marissa Paternoster made Screaming Females' explosive new album with a $20 Klon clone, Spoon's Telecaster and a fresh perspective on playing

Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females performs at Saturn Birmingham on October 23, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama.
(Image credit: David A. Smith/Getty Images)

Desire Pathway represents the first album of all-new material to come from New Jersey’s alt-rock underground upstarts-turned-veterans, Screaming Females, in five long years.

The abnormally lengthy pause between 2018’s All At Once and this latest effort was punctuated by a spectacular solo effort from G&L mangling guitarist/frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, a compilation album of singles, B-sides, and covers titled Singles Too, and of course, the small matter of a global shutdown. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.