After 18 years as a band, New Jersey punk trio Screaming Females announced that they will be breaking up via a statement on their Instagram account.
“After 18 years, we have decided that Screaming Females is coming to an end,” says the Instagram post. “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. 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 (bassist) Mike (Abbate)’s basement! Order something for you, your friends, your family, your pets!”
This makes Desire Pathway, their eighth album, which was released on Don Giovanni records earlier this year, their final album.
A number of other bands from multiple different genres voiced their support in the comments section. Iconic pop-goth act Garbage commented with a simple black heart. Two-tone ska revival band Catbite left a message saying “Love you guys, thank you for the music and the best live shows being the raddest people and for bringing us out on the road.” And fellow New Jersey punks Well Wisher wrote, “one of my favorite memories forever will be seeing y’all at meat town – i was holding on to those beams for dear life! what a dang show! thank you for the music y’all.”
Desire Pathway is still available from Don Giovanni Records.