Metallica and St. Vincent have shown mutual love for each before, and now STV (aka Annie Clark) and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett have interviewed each other for Rolling Stone. We learn that Annie was first a violinist as a child before deciding "the violin fucking stinks" and switching to guitar, and that she played bass in a Metallica cover band as a teen. Here's an excerpt from the interview where they nerd out over other guitarists:
CLARK I mean, you always remember the first time you heard Jimi Hendrix.
HAMMETT Yes, always. I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Purple Haze.” I actually got scared.
CLARK It’s a good sign when music scares you. As far as guitarists go, I’ve obviously studied you and people like [avant-garde guitar hero] Marc Ribot.
HAMMETT I love Marc Ribot. He told me that he’s a failed heavy-metal guitar player. I also love all the prog stuff: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, and Martin Barre. Adam Jones from Tool hangs out a lot with Robert Fripp, and Fripp showed him this thing to do on guitar that’s a very tedious, slow thing, but it does wonders for my playing.
I have another question for you. Do you feel that your records are proper representations of your abilities? I always feel like I have so much more to say on the album, but I can’t say it.
CLARK Yeah, it always becomes a “kill your darlings” thing. Like, in order for this song to survive, a couple of people have to hop off the boat. You have to sacrifice a couple of ideas in order to make something cohesive. I have a hard time with that.
Annie also spoke about Metallica's influence on her, and Kirk responded with a tidbit about writing the "Die! Die! Die!" part of "Creeping Death":
CLARK I think that’s one of the reasons why Metallica has spoken to me for so many years. I’m a fucking angry person too, and I just connected to that rage. I grew up in Dallas, in the suburbs. I don’t know that I necessarily presented as an outsider, but I always felt like an outsider. It’s funny because that kind of rage, you have to figure out how to not walk around screaming, doing terrible things.
HAMMETT You can tap into that rage, and good things come out of that. I was a city kid who moved to the suburbs. The culture shock drove me to be even more introverted, so it was good I had a guitar. I discovered that playing was a great way to calm myself down and relax. I literally sat in my bedroom for three or four years and just played guitar, saying, “Fuck those suburban kids.” I didn’t really mean that, but I was angry because of my environment. I wrote the “Die! Die! Die!” riff for “Creeping Death” [off 1984’s Ride the Lightning] when I was 16 or 17 years old. I remember playing that in my bathroom, going, “This is different from a lot of the stuff I’ve been listening to. Wow.”
You can share your music with the world, but deep down, you know that it’s really just yours. I entertain that notion a lot because I’m [still] an introvert. Just the other day, we played “Creeping Death” and people were singing, “Die! Die! Die!” Like, “Fuck, I’m still in my bedroom!”
There's lots of other cool stuff in the interview too. Read the rest here.