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Song You Need to Know: Screamfeeder, ‘Don’t Get Me Started’

Set to appear on their first album in five years, “Don’t Get Me Started” proves that, more than 30 years on, Screamfeeder are still as powerful as ever.

Will Johnston*

2022 might be bringing with it the 30th anniversary of the debut album from Brisbane rock icons Screamfeeder, but the iconic outfit aren’t spending time reminiscing, instead they’re forging ahead, with new single “Don’t Get Me Started” set to appear on their forthcoming album.

Ever since they first formed back in the middle of 1991, Screamfeeder have been a force to be reckoned with. Capturing the attention of Aussie rock-lovers throughout the early ’90s, it was the likes of 1996’s Kitten Licks that helped the group reach a wider fame, with the Screamfeeder name rarely absent from stages or lineups around the country in the coming years.

Though a 14-year gap between records occurred throughout the majority of the 21st century, 2017’s Pop Guilt proved that Screamfeeder are still at the top of their game. Now, after just a few short years (and with numerous lockdowns and delays in the midst of it all), Screamfeeder have unveiled their latest single, with “Don’t Get Me Started” set to appear on new album Five Rooms, when it arrives in May.

Recorded by Anna Laverty at Airlock Studios in Brisbane last July, “Don’t Get Me Started” captures the classic sound of the band, with Kellie Lloyd taking on lead vocals for the blistering track. An expert combination of each member’s talents, the single feels as equally nostalgic as it does progressive, with their iconic sound complemented by more pertinent references.

“The sound on this song in particular was inspired by music that sounds like it’s been written in 5 mins and recorded in 15,” explains Lloyd. “Loud, brash, a little unhinged, you don’t know if it’s going to fall over.

“This song is just a fun song, but I’ve been feeling people need to look away from themselves, look away from our screens, look away from our reflections and see bigger pictures.”

Indeed, Screamfeeder are themselves giving fans the chance to look away from our reflections for a while, having announced an upcoming tour to coincide with the release of Five Rooms. Though the album arrives in May, the group will be embarking on a national tour the next month, with Magic Dirt’s Adalita coming along for the ride.

As the band explain, though it’s been 30 years since Screamfeeder released their debut album, Flour, it feels almost as though no time has passed at all, with the group hungry as ever to venture into the future and keep doing what it is that they love.

“Honestly it’s surprising and not surprising at the same time,” Lloyd explains of the record’s timely arrival. “Time feels like it doesn’t exist anymore anyway.

“I think it might take some time to feel like everything is normal again after the last few years, but I can’t wait to see live music return to full capacity and feel safe and free again.”

Screamfeeder’s “Don’t Get Me Started” is out now, while new album Five Rooms will be released on May 6th.

Screamfeeder – Five Rooms Album Launch Tour

With Adalita

Friday, June 10th
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (18+)

Saturday, June 11th
Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA (18+)

Saturday, June 18th
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW (18+)

Friday, June 24th
Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD (18+)

Tickets available via the Screamfeeder website