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September 3, 2011

Interview: Gina Gleason of Misstallica

Gina Gleason

Misstallica is an all-woman Metallica cover band.  They formed in 2008, and their focus is on Metallica’s first four albums, Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets & And Justice For All.  They were featured in July in the New York Times, along with two other lady-run metal cover bands.  And more recently, they were given a mention on Gibson’s website as part of a page on 5 All-Girl Tribute Bands You Can’t Miss.  (You can’t MISS, get it.)  One of the things that is particularly interesting to me when talking to someone who is in a successful cover band, is that they have had to figure out how to replicate not only the sound of songs that have been made popular by another band, but they also need to figure out how to create their own crowd-drawing persona.  In many ways, it’s a different animal than writing and performing your own songs — if you are performing original material, you can (more or less) be yourself on stage.  If you’re performing someone else’s songs, you have to create something that at least somewhat mirrors that particular band. That dynamic is even more complex when you are women who are performing songs written by men.  How do you create a successful dynamic?  I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Misstallica’s fearless leader, Gina Gleason, and here are her insights.

When did you begin playing and why?

I began playing about 5 years ago. I was really into rock music and I thought playing guitar would be awesome!

What was your first guitar, and how did you get it?

My first real guitar was an epiphone les paul, I got it as a gift and it was sadly stolen a few months later. I then saved up for a mexican Fender strat and moved to a Jackson dk2m (which is what I use now) as I got more interested in metal.

How did Misstallica get started, and why do you think you chose to cover Metallica?

Misstallica started as Queen Diamond (all female tribute to king diamond). We had some shows booked that queen diamond couldnt play so the guy who booked the show suggested we play some Metallica instead. We all loved Metallica and grew up listening to and learning the songs so we thought it would be great! it all just snowballed from there into what we do now.

Describe a typical crowd at one of your shows.

Enthusiastic to hear the Metallica classics they know and love. What I love an appreciate most about the people who come to see us is there genuine excitement and love for metal. My goal at our shows is to deliver the raw energy of James Hetfield, transporting our fans back to a time when thrash metal was fresh and thriving

Musically, what goes into covering Metallica?  Because you have a female vocalist, do you often have to change the key of the song?

No, weve never changed the key of any songs. most of my time when practicing goes into mastering the dual role of playing lead guitar and singing. I play a lot of the solos so I have to practice flipping between the lead parts and getting right back into the singing

When you’re working with Misstallica what equipment do you use, and why?  Does that change when you’re working on other projects?

I used a Marshall JVM 410 Head and a Marshall 4×12 cab. Its a really versatile amp so I am able to use it with all genres and playing styles. I use my Jackson dk2m for just about everything I do. I love playing it and I can get really rockin’ tones from it. I also use a seymour duncan pickup booster pedal for solos

What is the band working on right now?  Are you working on any other non-Misstallica projects?

Yes! While we all love playing Metallica we are still artists and are constantly writing and working on other projects. Currently I write and play with Teddi Tarnoff the music is blues and folk inspired which leaves a lot of space for interesting guitar parts and melody’s. I am also writing an original metal album, my goal is to have something released next year.

Which artists do you find inspiring?  Why?

I am always inspired by the energy and heaviness of bands like Metallica, Slayer, Death, and King Diamond but I also love stuff like Bowie (mick ronson is one of my favorite guitarists, his tones are legendary). I also love country music and guys like les paul, django reinhardt, and jimmy bryant.

September 3, 2011

Misstallica – Blackened Video

July 29, 2011

The New York Times Profiles All-Women Metal Cover Bands

Misstallica, Lez Zeppelin, Iron Maidens:  these are all cover bands of guitar-shredding rock n’roll women.  I had no idea that these bands existed, and it is definitely intriguing.  I’m maybe even more impressed that the New York Times covered them.


Here’s Lez Zeppelin covering “Since I’ve Been Loving You.”


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