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Screaming Females Rig an Art Fair in Gender-Bending ‘Poison Arrow’ Video

The 'Chalk Tape' EP is out now, only on cassette

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // February 21, 2013

When not cranking out shred-happy Garden State punk, Screaming Females are equally adept at low-budget, storytelling-based music videos. Last year’s gnarled yet regal Ugly birthed one of SPIN Director of the Year Tom Scharpling’s favorite 2012 clips (the kitty-avenging “It All Means Nothing”) and its sequel (cat-killer zombie resurrection “Leave It All Up to Me”). The Marissa Paternoster-led trio recently released a limited-edition, cassette-only EP titled Chalk Tape, and now Stereogum has posted a video for the tape’s lethally vamping “Poison Arrow” that carries on the band’s august visual tradition.

Directed by Kate Sweeney, who recently oversaw a wonderfully self-described “Spinal Tap-meets-DIY mockumentary” titled Bananazzz, the grainy clip involves cross-dressing, a hotly contested New Jersey community art fair, and the forces of evil. Watch to the end for a momentary artful glimpse of Justin Bieber.