Stranded In Stereo: The Stranded Local Q & A: The Sterns

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Stranded Local Q & A: The Sterns

Some of The Sterns’ biography reads like a Boston kid’s dream: Playing in a rock band that’s played a show at Fenway Park, sharing bills with the Meat Puppets and The English Beat, and a feature on one of the most popular video game franchises in years.

Line-up changes at one point threatened the success of the group, which solidified itself recently with original members Alex Stern and Emeen Zarookian adding drummer, Zak Kahn to the mix.

The trio is now riding high, a far cry from their humble beginnings, making the cover of Performer Magazine for August 2008, and just announcing their single “Supreme Girl,” will be featured on the upcoming Rock Band 2 video game. To add to those solid endorsements, The Sterns have earned respect from the music world, landing two nominations for Boston Music Awards.

Alex Stern recently gave us a few minutes to briefly answer the Stranded in Stereo Local Q & A.

Hailing from Boston makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because:
I can conduct an entire rehearsal in my "joe from revere" voice and get laughs.

Name at least three bands that are still around and touring that you'd love to be on a bill with, and think it fits well:
The Aggrolites, Morrissey and Squeeze.

Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is:
Its a toss-up between Great Scott and The Middle East Downstairs.

Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can't hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.)

Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is:
I try to never not be doing music, but, I love Deep Ellum!

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