The Wick

Marnie Stern

The Wick Presents

Marnie Stern

Hunters, Glockabelle

05.08.14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 18 and over

Marnie Stern
Marnie Stern
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. "I always gravitate towards interweaving and a more abrasive sound," Marnie said about working on the new album. "I was working with Nicholas Vernhes from Rare Book Room Recording in Brooklyn, and he was the producer. He wanted my voice clearer and fewer guitar parts. I tried it because I wanted to try something different."

Her trademark exuberant guitar work is still present, in fact, absent a few layers of grit, it's even more evident. "We stripped away a lot of the layers and a lot of unnecessary interweaving guitar parts. There's less clutter and more of staying on a part without adding too much instrumentation." Through the subtractive production process, Marnie's voice became more prominent, a fact that kind of concerns Marnie, "I get worried that I am coming across as someone who thinks they are a 'singer,' as opposed to my usual mishmash of voices that aren't always in key," she said about the album's more pronounced vocals. "I grapple with that attitude because I think it's important as a musician to try and be as proficient as possible, or try to put a lot of work into it. I suppose in my own way, I put a ton of time into singing and trying to find interesting melody ideas, I just never think of myself as having a 'nice' voice." It's an enervating change for an artist who in the past has always skillfully buried her vocals under the guitar and drum tracks.

The musical transformation evident on her new album isn't entirely unexpected, as fans who have listened to both "For Ash" and "Every Single Line Means Something" in a single sitting know. That same slow progression can be seen between 2010's self-titled album and the forthcoming The Chronicles of Marnia. Marnie can't help but laugh when thinking back on her musical evolution. "I'm sure if I went from the first album to this one, I'd have a heart attack. Luckily it's been gradual enough for me to enjoy the changes." And there's little doubt that her fans will too. Even as Marnie evolves from what Pitchfork called her "art-metal math-rock bubblegum pop" genre, fans will still find themselves jumping head first into the album and quickly bonding with the emotionally resonant material, cascading hooks and transcendental guitar riffs. Plus, the album shreds. She is Marnie Stern after all.
Hunters
Hunters
In Brooklyn early-2009, Izzy Almeida and Derek Watson found each other through a strange and serendipitous meeting at a Chinatown arcade. Shortly thereafter they began plotting their music coup bringing together kindred set of influences: Hawkwind and Karp for Watson, and L7, Melvins, Sonic Youth, for Almeida. Self-schooled guitarist Watson writes the music and together he and Almeida weave the melodies and lyrics, turning their harmoniously chaotic way of interacting into beautifully violent, fuzzed-out punk rock. Hunters cut their teeth terrorizing random NYC basements and loft spaces, but soon found a spiritual home at Brooklyn’s renown D.I.Y. venue Death By Audio. After stealing their name from a mutually loved John Waters character from the film Polyester, staring the eccentric Todd Tomorrow (the actor’s real name is Tab Hunter), Hunters began self-releasing several cassettes and 7-inches before finally putting out their first EP Hands On Fire in the fall of 2011. That fourteen-minute exercise in riff-laden music led to tours with JEFF the Brotherhood, Bleached, The Kills and Hunx and His Punx. The band solidified its lineup in the summer of 2012 with the addition of Thomas Martin on bass and drummer Gregg Giuffré. This year Hunters signed with Mom + Pop records (Wavves, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Sleigh Bells) and completed their self-titled debut album at the famed Electrical Audio studios in Chicag
Glockabelle
Glockabelle
Glockabelle is an experimental musician and composer based in NYC via Paris.

Before becoming the operator of two pocket calculators, Glockabelle attended the École Normale de Musique de Paris and graduated as a certified concert pianist. Soon thereafter, Glockabelle was introduced to her first casio vl-tone and began adapting her classical repertoire to its tiny keys. Her second signature instrument, the glockenspiel, would be mailed to her by her mother. Glockabelle would apply her classical technique to both instruments to create sounds which are both rhythmic and whimsical.

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