Marinelli is a true talent... a refreshing change of pace from the over-produced, processed, homogenized crap shoved down our throats on a daily basis.
- Punk Planet
…somewhere between Guided by Voices, a lost mountain troubadour and a classic 70’s punk outfit from your dreams.
...joyous anthems of personal resistance.
- RVA Magazine
(J. Marinelli’s) style on Stray Volts has transcended one-man band songwriting.”
Hearts raced and his set careened at times to breaking points where you would have no idea if he’d just kick a hole in the bass drum or what. All this by one guy sitting down behind a drum set with a guitar and going full on. This is what rock n’ roll is about!
...unsophisticated basement brilliance.
- Jersey Beat
Twisted one-man-band mayhem that's part Billy Childish, part Hank Williams, part Daniel Johnston and all fun and weird.
- The Washington Post
...sounds like the funnest maddest person that you know picking you up and swinging you around the room while simultaneously explaining to you the most important secrets of existence and mysteries of life. - Little Gem
The grandson of an Italian immigrant coal miner and anti-fascist agitator (and proud-and-loud son of the central Appalachian Mountains), Morgantown, West Virginia punk-folk troubadour J. Marinelli has taken the do-it-yourself idea to its furthest extreme.
That is to say, he’s his own band; after cutting his teeth in ‘90s and ‘00s punk notables Samuel and Les Trois Malheures our boy abandoned the notion of a backing band, and decided to do the dirty deed his damn self.
Thus: a Doc Martened right toe booms the big bass drum while the right heel keeps time on his humble hi-hat. His left foot snaps a snare, while his veined and gnarled hands grapple and grip the well- worn neck of a sturdy silverflake six-string -- barehandedly smacking a cymbal between syncopated strums.
He tops this well-edited Gotterdammerung with a crackling croon of a voice that recalls the forgotten apex of every aging lo-fi junkie’s vinyl collection (for you trainspotting music nerd-types, imagine the Fall, Billy Childish, the Urinals, and Guided by Voices filtered through the dusty arcana of early 20th century American folk music).
The end result is a swirling, sweaty, self-contained cauldron of sound and (e)motion. Tones at once familiar and strange: texture and tumult, punk and folk, sweetness and skronk, avant-garde and avant-garage. By the end of the set, you’re as exhausted and exhilarated as he is – eyes bulging and red, hair matted with perspiration, mind aglow with the possibilities of what a shy Appalachian can do if he puts his mind, heart, and back to it.
After bringing his one-man roots-punk juggernaut to the endless sprawl of his home country, Marinelli has recently completed three tours of Europe -- charming audiences in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway.
Laughing All the Way to the Fretex, Marinelli’s newest LP, and 19th release since 2006, was recorded via eight-track reel-to-reel at Studio Anatomy in Traverse City, Michigan by T.J. Hall (Tolerater, Parking Lots) and stands as his most mature release to date. While snugly fitting into Marinelli’s ever-expanding catalog, this release points toward a more melodic, powerpop trajectory, while not sacrificing the sweaty punk attack of his older, lo-fi efforts and now-legendary live show.
Pity the Party EP (Little Sailor Records, 2006)
Keep It Fake CD (A New Morning Books & Records, 2006)
Dirty Poncho EP (Squoodge Records, 2007)
Stone Age Kicks Volume I and 2 cassette (Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2009)
Pre-Emptive Skankery Sessions LP (Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2010)
Stone Age Kicks Volume 3 LP (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue 2011)
Young Spillers 7" EP (Stencil Trash Records, 2012)
J. Marinelli/Elsinores split cassette (Space Cadet/Karmic Swamp Records 2012)
J. Marinelli/MA Turner split cassette (Brave Captain Records, 2012)
The Moray Eels Eat the J. Marinelli 7" EP (Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2013)
Sovereign Slates EP (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2013)
The War On Pleasure 10" EP (Stencil Trash Records, 2014)
Stop Paying Attention LP (Twin Cousins Records, 2015)
Stone Age Kicks Volume 4 LP (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2016)
All the Sad Parts cassette (Pop's Analogue Records, 2016)
Triumph of the Shrill EP (digital only), Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2017)
Stray Volts LP (Twin Cousins Records, 2017)
The Big Listen EP (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2018)
Laughing All the Way to the Fretex (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2020)
Post-Fake EP (digital only, Commodity Fetish Analogue, 2020)
N E W S
Hi, all. As you likely know, I had to cancel two tours (one in the US and one in Europe) due to coronavirus-related concerns. That said, I have livestreamed a few shows (one for my friends at Black House in Avellino, Italy, and another for the fine people at KOHI in Karlsruhe, Germany).
Thankfully, Norway is opening itself up to small-scale live events, and I recently played at ZNEDI a gallery/artspace in Svartlamon, Trondheim, Norway with my friends Skogens Rop and Kommunalt Svømmeanlegg . Thanks to all who attended that show (it was a banger), and to everyone who watched the livestreams.
I was also recently featured on the Bad Roads Podcast, where I had a great conversation with my pal Jesse, interspersed with some great music. Give it a listen, and support it, if you feel so inclined.
The LP Laughing All the Way to the Fretex is (still) available via Bandcamp, Spotify, and other platforms, and I have plans on releasing it on cassette (at the very least) as soon as I can. I have also written another LP's worth of songs, which I'll be recording soon, and have just released an EP's worth of old recordings (from around 2008), titled Post-Fake EP. Thanks to Mark Poole for the mastering job.
Thanks for the continued love and support, and I'll hopefully see you soon.
Friday 9 October - Kultursenteret ISAK - Trondheim, Norway (w/ Skogens Rop)