We caught up with rising star, accomplished guitar shredder, and all around warm human being Marnie Stern at CMJ 2010, where she granted us an on-camera interview and access to several shows she played in her hometown of New York.
Her music is gleefully frantic; a frenetic, all over the map blast of guitar, thick sturdy bass, and manically precise drums. On record these drums are provided by none other than Zach Hill of Hella, no stranger to doing whatever the hell he wants to on the kit; and live by Vince Rogers (ex-Tera Melos) whose complex fusion of punk, jazz and metal playing only adds to the adventurousness of Marnie’s songs. Meanwhile, bassist Nithin Kalvakota does exactly what is needed – anchoring the flourishes of both of his band mates with Campbell’s Chunky thick foundational rumbles. Combined with Stern’s lyrics, which emanate in a variation of yelps, screams and tuneful singing, the sound is one of pleasant contradiction – fastidiousness meets simplicity, purity confronts convolution - through which an ever mutating and honest personality unfolds.