Stewed Tomatoes are an all-female rock band in the alternative style. The band's use of a soft groove blended with a pounding hard edge make their sound sought out by many. Their material features mainly original tunes, but they sometimes cut loose on a revamped cover tune when the mood is right. Being contemporary artists on the cutting edge of technology as well as musicians, Stewed Tomatoes have demonstrated their creativity and definite versatility on their 1999 CD, Alive and Well. The CD is a complete computer-ready multimedia experience. Their featured video, "Smoke My Cowboy," includes surreal special effects, body paints, original artwork on instruments, and Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night replicated on an evening gown. Employing a variety of artistic mediums, Stewed Tomatoes' members, Martie Marro, Lisa Hernandez, and Katie Jacobson have created and produced Alive and Well, including all graphics, artwork, writing, recording, editing, and mastering of music as well as all production aspects of "Smoke My Cowboy."
Drummer Katie Jacobson was born in Heidleberg, Germany and brings an eclectic European sound to the band with her techno-tom style and hard, firm snap of the snare. Jacobson is multi-talented in her musicianship, able to play any part of any song. While learning instrument after instrument, she has gained an intuitive sense of what makes music. Having played with Stewed Tomatoes for seven years, she is in fine tune with every nuance of every note, guiding them with her power and might.
While her roots lie on the roads of North America and in her folklore fantasy heritage, Canadian rocker Lisa Hernandez lends her down-to-earth bass strumming, stage presence, and harmonic interplay to bring the audience into the sound of the "real" 1990s. Her hard-paced rhythms and strong deep vocals never let Stewed Tomatoes stray too far from the precepts of good old rock & roll. Hernandez is classically trained and has created music for most of her life. She enjoys using intricate chord structures and layered harmonies in her playing while maintaining a constant sense of humor.
Chicago-born and raised with the junkyard dog blues, Martie Marro writes a soulful collection of catchy thoughts and surrealistic feelings, wrapped in ambient alternative chords. Classically trained on clarinet and piano, she picked up guitar quickly as a teen and has now mastered ten more instruments in her eternal quest of musical knowledge. As a multimedia artist, Marro has copyrighted over 500 songs, videos, animations, and games since 1993. She has worked with clients and bands including McDonalds, Smashing Pumpkins, IBM, Ameritech, Paragon, Citicorp, and the Gottlieb Report.
It's easy to see that these three are not your middle of the road girls. They have individual ideas about how music should be structured, and by molding all their concepts together, they have come up with a winning formula that really works. Being of the female gender has neither lent them strength or taken away from their intensity because first and foremost their forte is in being talented musicians and songwriters.