Photo Bex Wade
We won’t lie: we have, on more than a few occasions over the past few years, rolled our eyes, even shuddered, at the very mention of synthwave. But Black Marble, a duo consisting of Chris Stewart and Ty Kube (formerly of 8 Bands You Need to Hear Class of ‘07 alumni Team Robespierre), have won us over with a sound that manages to be sufficiently chilly without shying away from melody. They understand what few others do—that the point is not to sound cold, but to find warmth in generally cold-sounding things. Their debut 5-song EP, Weight Against the Door, is out now on Hardly Art.
Favorite NYC venue?
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Favorite song about NYC?
“NYC Tonight” by GG Allin.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
The Wrangler Brutes.
Ideal four-band bill
Dirty Beaches, Widowspeak, Black Marble, Family Portrait.
Ideal four-band bill (dream):
The Units, Suicide, The Screamers, Prince.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?