Clocktower Productions and Times Square Arts were pleased to present Primal Screams, a raucous night of underground bands featuring Screaming Females, Guardian Alien, and Priests, hosted in the AMC Empire 25 movie theater right in the heart of Times Square. Each defiant performance of howling, shredding, and polyrhythmic drumming was accompanied by the premiere of an eye-popping experimental video work, glowing on the theater’s monumental screen. The Lobby zine fair included a selection of small press, mini-comic, and DIY publications, organized by Paper Jam, with a live set by DJ Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls).
Screaming Females collaborated with video artist Faye Orlove for a mischievous animation, signature to Orlove's style while specially crafted to match the band's powerful sound. Guardian Alien's video selection included footage of their epic trip to Antarctica, with serene long shots of blue glaciers and congregations of penguins. Priests presented a dreamy sequence of bedroom scenes, staged from props found around thrift stores in their hometown of Washington DC.
For interviews from the bands, Times Square Arts and Clocktower Productions about Primal Screams, visit:
Screaming Females Interview
Guardian Alien Interview
Sherry Dobbin, Alanna Heiss, and Joe Ahearn Interview