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.
- Subversive

...joyous anthems of personal resistance.
 - RVA Magazine

(J. Marinelli’s) style on Stray Volts has transcended one-man band songwriting.”
- Razorcake

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!
- Buddyhead

...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 proud-and-loud son of the central Appalachian Mountains), Norway-via-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 booted right toe booms the big bass drum while the right heel keeps time on his 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).

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 new 11-song LP, and nineteenth 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 power pop trajectory, while not sacrificing the sweaty punk attack of his older, lo-fi efforts and high-energy live show.

 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 (including one for my friends at Black House in Avellino, Italy, and another for the fine people at KOHI in Karlsruhe, Germany).

Of course, the lack of live gigs hasn't prevented me from keeping busy. A new song, "Antifa Grandpa" was included on HARDCORE 21: A Covid Eviction Prevention Benefit, which features a bevy of  punk luminaries, including DoomViolent Apathy, Thee Elder Gods, Snubculture, and others. 

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 has been included on a few notable year's end best-of lists, including WFMU DJ Suzy Hotrod’s “Heavy Hitters of 2020,” which puts me it in the company of new offerings by X, Alice Bag, Amyl & the Sniffers, and others. It goes without saying that I’m pretty stoked.

There's also the Post-Fake EP to tide you over. And I've just finished recording a new LP, to be released this spring. 
I'm also working on Stone Age Kicks Volume Five as I type this. Check out the other four here.



There are no upcoming performances in the near future, due to the COVID-19 crisis. 






Booking: Europe


Booking: North America



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