There are thousands of guitarist plying their trade every day. There are also never ending discussions, arguments and proclamations regarding who is the best. Just making a 'guitar greats' list would seem to be honor enough. But the truth is, most people debate over who is #1 or focus on the top three or five or even twenty and don't go much further. That's too bad because there are some real finds down the list.
In '12, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females was named the 77th greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine. She landed between Living Colour's Vernon Reid (#78) and Joy Division/New Order vet Bernard Sumner (#76).
Spin gave the top slot to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore.
Paternoster and bassist King Mike starting playing together in high school calling themselves Surgery On TV. With the addition of drummer Jarett Dougherty, the New Jersey Punk band became Screaming Females.
Their debut set, "Baby Teeth," dropped in '06. A year later they returned with "What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?" Both were initially self-released and subsequently reissued in '09 by Don Giovanni Records. That was also the year Screaming Females third album "Power Move" came out. '10's Castle Talk" was next.
For their fifth studio album the Screaming Females collaborated with famed engineer Steve Albini. While "Ugly garnered favorable reviews they returned to the DIY mode for their '13 self-produced EP "Chalk Tape." The set was so named because the recording was outlined on a chalk board with no rewrites. The EP was streamed online.
In '15, Stereogum, a daily Internet independent music news outlet, described Screaming Females as "one of the best Rock bands on the face of the earth."
Following that pronouncement, Screaming Females issued the Matt Bayles produced album "Rose Mountain."
2006 Baby Teeth
2007 What if Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?
2009 Power Move
2010 Castle Talk
2015 Rose Mountain