‘Shake It Off,’ Screaming Females

Screaming Females

Screaming Females: From left, King Mike, Melissa Paternoster, and Jarrett Dougherty.

What if Taylor Swift had gotten her start as a musician playing in New Brunswick basements? Well, she might be producing music like the song you can hear in the video below, which features New Brunswick’s Screaming Females putting an electrifying spin on a song that was already pretty electrifying in its own right (in a different way, though): Swift’s recent pop megahit, “Shake It Off.” Screaming Females frontwoman Melissa Paternoster sings in a determined, commanding voice throughout, and unleashes a brief but powerful guitar solo at the 2:50 mark.

Screaming Females formed a decade ago and have released six indie albums; they’re widely regarded as one of the best Jersey rock bands of their generation, with most of the attention focused on Paternoster’s screaming six-string solos.

This video was made for AVClub.com’s “Undercover” series.

New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.

If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.

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