MARNIE STERN IS ON TOUR! October 2010 29 - Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box 30 - Houston, TX @ Hard Rock Cafe 31 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 November 2010 2 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo 4 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish 5 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios 6 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 10 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 18 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega 19 - Brighton, UK @ Audio 20 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla 21 - Sheffield, UK @ The Harley 22 - Glasgow, UK @ The Captain’s Rest 23 - Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute 25 - London, UK @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen 26 - London, UK @ The Lexington (White Light)
So are the songs you’re writing now coming from a different place than those of your previous bands might have?
Yeah, it was definitely kind of a blank slate creatively because I wanted to do something completely different. I’ve always enjoyed a lot of different music, so there’s definitely influences that I thought about while writing this record that I wouldn’t have in other bands that I’ve been on, like Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Kate Bush, just lots of different things. There is definitely a door that opens when you do something completely different and new. I saw it as an opportunity to hopefully spread my wings creatively.
“…people fixate on the flashiness of Marnie’s playing, but I’m sold on the tunes and the emotional weight of it all. The new songs came off very well, most especially “Transparency,” which hits a great peak on its chorus, and “Her Confidence,” which is just towering and epic stuff. I would l…ove to eventually watch Marnie rock to a room full of fans. That would be the best.”— fluxblog on marnie stern
Corin Tucker talks about Twilight and Stephanie Meyers
My favorite song on1,000 Yearsis “Miles Away,” which begins, “New moon peeking through/Now the sky is brand-new.” You wrote it for the secondTwilightmovie, but it didn’t make the cut.
I was a big fan of those books—I am a big fan of those books. I really related to the voice of Bella. She’s this young teenage girl figuring out who she is—she’s really hungry for experience, and she’s in love with this guy who everyone thinks is bad news. At the beginning of New Moon, she gets dumped, and there’s this part in the book that’s like blank page … blank page … blank page—she’s existing, but she almost isn’t there. Then she has this relationship with her friend, Jacob, and climbs her way back into her life. For me, that related to doing music and being out of touch with this other side of myself.
Most bands I talk to aboutTwilightare like, “Yeah, the shit sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
The story of Stephenie Meyer somehow juggling being a mom and being a writer was hugely inspirational to me. I hadn’t written anything in a long time, and I started reading those books and was like, “Could I do this?”
Remember last week when I found out that there was a new Marnie Stern album out? Engineer X loaned me his copy and I played it immediately upon getting back to my utilitarian hovel and what a great album it is.
Ms. Stern is reaching for some different stuff this time around and it’s all good. She has made three albums now and all of them are great. So, tonight, during our Felathon, we have a new track of hers.
"New Yorker Marnie Stern is a glorious one-off: evidently schooled in the 30-year riot of wild ideas that is her city’s artrock heritage – though distinctly apart from her peers in that scene today – and one of the most entertaining interviewees in rock to boot. The flicker and flash of Stern’s meteor-shower guitar heroics combine with superhuman drummer Zach Hill’s warp-speed clatter to create a dense, dazzling sound that might be a little exhausting were it not so full of cascading hooks and stargazey optimism. Happily, this third album contains some of her best songs yet. For Ash is one, firing layers of glinting, spiralling notes into the blue yonder to create a hugely moving elegy to a lost loved one; hit-in-waiting Risky Biz could be a 25th-century maypole waltz, and Cinco de Mayo is close to perfect, a mini-symphony of ascending melodies. There’s no end of forward-thinking fun here."