There’s little doubt that Marnie Stern lives up to her reputation as “the lady who shreds,” but for Marnie, shredding is not enough. After putting out three critically-acclaimed albums, Marnie could have gotten away with putting out another album filled with her richly layered sound, singular frenetic finger tapping and almost philosophical lyrics. However, as anyone who has given her last few albums a good listen can tell, Marnie is not one to stand still. Instead she attacks her musical evolution with full frontal bravado, reveling in musical risk instead of relaxing in the comforts of the known. For Marnie, musical possibility drives her ambition.
Her new album, The Chronicles of Marnia, finds Marnie not only working with a new drummer (Oneida’s Kid Millions), but also passionately subtracting from her normally dense song structures to craft a sound that is both familiar and wholly original.
We caught up with Marnie before her show at the Black Cat in D.C. May 9. Read below to see what she had to say about her new album, her greatest musical influences and her funniest tour memory!
Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
Listening to a lot of rock music in the car inspired me to become a musician.
For those who haven’t listened to the new album, Chronicles of Marnia, what can they expect in comparison to your other albums?
It’s a bit softer and less angular. It’s very melodic and is a little less rougher around the edges.
Who are some of your greatest musical inspirations?
Bruce Springsteen. Mick Barr, Pete Townsend, the Wilson sisters.
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you at a show?
Stuck a guitar pick up his butt.
What is one of your funniest tour memories?
Breaking down in a parking lot on our way to our record release show in New York City.
What would be your dream gig?
To play with Bruce Springsteen.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2013?
To tour and write new music.
Grab your tickets to see Marnie Stern play at The Black Cat, Thursday, May 9!