As originally published here on The Owl Mag.
Marnie Stern is not gentle. In fact, she wields both her guitar and her voice as tools of major shred action, wherein she creates music full of hard chops and unseemly rhythms. She rocks big and she rocks hard, without regard for the traditional pop canon. At the same time, her music is quite intricate, subtly constructed from energetic hooks and buoyant vocal/guitar trade-offs. Her music does not go down easy; once digested, however, it’s hard to get enough.
Last year’s In Advance of the Broken Arm will be followed in 2008 with This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That, which comes out tomorrow (October 7th), so start attempting to memorize that ungodly title now (rumor has it that this title is in reference to one Alan Watts). You can get a preview of said complicatedly-titled album by viewing the video for “Transformer” – it’s short and sweet (well, maybe not so sweet), and has a nutty outer-space, 80’s vibe the whole way through: