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i just bought my ticket :D
She's also playing at Barden's. Fucking Bardens.
In case anyone is interested in the Bardens gig, tix onsale here:
HANDS ON HEADS
THIS IS MY CONDITION
Thursday 12 July
Barden's Boudoir, 38 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ
8pm | £6 | www.wegottickets.com
Ok, let's get this out of the way. Marnie Stern can shred. She's a better guitar player than you, or me, or probably 99% of the people who have ever looked at a guitar. There. That's done. Marnie came out of nowhere, or the Upper East Side of Manhattan to be exact. She didn't listen to "good" music (her words) until she was 23. The first thing she heard that made her head spin was Sleater-Kinney, followed a few years later by Hella, Boredoms, Melt Banana and Deerhoof. A Don Caballero video introduced her to the finger-tapping technique she now uses expertly, having played guitar for "at least" three hours a day ever since, because she feels guilty when she doesn't. Marnie is one of the rare artists who was signed to Kill Rock Stars after sending in a demo tape, recording her debut album "In Advance of the Broken Arm" with production and drum work by Hella's Zach Hill, who is now a permanent feature of her live band. Her songs are of the earth, birthed in an organic process and with a staggering number of layers of guitar, drums, synth and echoing vocal. Following a West Coast tour with BARR earlier in the year, Marnie now hits the UK for the first time, supporting Animal Collective and playing a handful of headline shows.
THIS IS MY CONDITION
This Is My Condition is a one man band in which Kansas native Craig Comstock plays guitar, drums and sings all at the same time. In the tradition of noise rock, this music is heavy, tough and intense, while at other times very free and unstructured. This Is My Condition deals in power, spontaneity and passionate lyrics. Coming from a background of experimentation, repetition and angst in bands such as Many Series and Black Calvin, Craig takes things in a new direction by going solo and performing on-the-spot improvisations of the same ilk.
Formed in early 2007, Chops are a trio from Leeds, who are also responsible for running the awesome Chinchilla Collective. Describing themselves as a "Spaced-Out-Groove-Ship", they mix freewheeling drums, cosmic keys, sax and effected vocals into a euphoric knees-up that's previously shared stages with Death Sentence: Panda!, Random Number, OvO and Indian Jewelry.
HANDS ON HEADS
A dysfunctional pop group from London, Hands On Heads write abrupt, to the point, non-repetitive songs about unrequited friendship, romantic potential, the supernatural everyday, righteous joy and expectation. Their songs rarely scale the dizzying heights of the two minute mark, relying on shock and awe songwriting tactics to get their message across. Their debut release proper was a split 10" with their friends The Sticks, release through UTR in May. It's a meeting of messed up minds that documents a shared surpise at the expressive freedom pop music can yield, when it's adventurous and playful, and creating it's own thinking party sound.
but i want to take this opportunity to ask it:
why is she getting so much 'indie hype' when, to all intents and purposes, she sounds like Van Halen-gone-math? usually hard rock shredding gets the proverbial gasface from 'indie kids', and i'm curious.
Because she's a girl maybe ?
my initial reaction was "wow, she doesn't look like a greasy burnout at all!" but now i'm all "rad playing, no tunes!".
she's realy good at playing guitar !
it's just that if people like that, i don't know why they sneer at Aerosmith.
And there's more than one of them !
but who's going to admit that themselves?
if i were to buy you a present, it would be porn dubbed over with Judas Priest.
there's really no need to...
Some of the stuff on the album is completely pop, like bits of 'Absorb Those Numbers' and 'Every Single Line Mean Something'.
She definitely has pop sensibilities.
...the virtuosity of the guitar-playing is far from the point - i don't think i cd actually tell the difference between good and bad shredding - but it is a really unexpected extra element that gives Marnie's almost Deerhoofian song structures a multicoloured turbo boost.
Take away all the tapping and stuff and you'd still be left with a really inventive, exhilirating and slightly awkward (in a good way) album. It just adds a unique texture to everything.
because mathy stuff is totally in at the moment, and she seems to have a sense of humour and does hard rock which isn't cock driven yawnfest. and she has a cool voice
fashion, and an unawareness of 70s rock?
and the fact that it isn't a band of greasy metaller but a solo woman. It makes it sounds quite different !
maybe. but it doesn't right matter.
i think it just sounds brilliant. completely bloody odd, good shredding.
it's a reinterpretation of that genre maybe.
and zach hill's drumming compliments it rather well.
but yeah, i disagree with your comments on here about marnie stern, essentially.
and who said aerosmith and judas priest weren't cool? you people.
so i don't firmly believe everything i'm saying here; she's certainly more math than she is cock-rock, but some people's attitudes toward shredding like that seem pretty polar sometimes.
and I do still find the incessant fretboard tapping a bit wearing (esp. on the first track on the album), but I like the album in spite of that, not because of it. Also it's good to hear Zach Hill being forced to use his drumming skills in the service of some catchy almost-pop rather than the (to my ears) increasingly unlistenable Hella.
a few months ago. Apart from you buying a ticket.
I'm curious to see her though. As long as it's not a 45 minute long fingertap guitar solo.
But £15 for a gig is daylight robbery and my face needs a bit of nose-cut spiting.
I don't really see what she's doing as being hard rock or math. I feel like she has taken elements of her playing style from metal and created a new kind of psychedelic punk rock. I don't think she sounds like anyone else.
no one i know would want to go though =( they dont like mathy rock
Don't describe it to them that way then. Describe it for what it is-violently beautiful music that paints a picture.
im sure im the only one here that feels that way