‘Bleeding Through’ rock star returns
By Tony Evans
The Wood River Valley’s first bona-fide
(native) rock star came home to Deer Creek for a visit with family and friends
last weekend. Marta Petersen, 20, has been touring the United States and Europe
for several months, playing keyboards in the hardcore band Bleeding Through. The
band just completed an MTV video and landed a second-stage spot in the upcoming
national Ozzfest tour.
Marta Petersen, right, and her mother,
Kim, relax during Marta’s break from touring. Photo by Tony Evans
As an emerging talent and cult figure in
the scary, post-punk world of death metal, thrash and screamo, Marta no longer
uses her last name. "Like Madonna," she says with a laugh, as she plays a Chopin
prelude on the family grand piano during a one-week break from touring with the
pale-skinned creatures of the night. Her mother, Kim Petersen, watches beaming
"She is the best kid. I couldn’t be more
happy for her."
Marta is a 2002 graduate of the Wood River
"I’m finally making a little money, bought
a few toys," Marta says, pointing to a G4 laptop and tossing an IPod to her
brother, Jenz. The music files include Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, and Joy
Division. And newer bands like Dimmu Borgir, Hate Breed, and Marta’s favorite of
the moment A.F.I. (A Fire Inside).
"Bleeding Through is a live band," she
says. "There is a lot of crowd involvement. The shows are completely out of
hand. In Cologne, Germany, a guy "crowd-surfed" above the heads to the stage,
somehow got past security and tackled me. That was before we even started
playing." Another fan follows the band wearing a tattoo of Marta’s face and
signature on his thigh. Closer to home she was approached for an autograph at
Viva Taqueria in Hailey.
By all accounts it’s only just beginning.
‘Bleeding Through’ has been featured in Spin, Revolver, Metal Hammer and other
magazines, creating a buzz about their latest CD, "This is Love, This is
Murderous." Critic Ryan Downey describes the Orange County-based band, which
also features Brandon Schiappetti on lead vocals, as " having clawed their way
up from the hardcore underground and quickly become a force to be reckoned with
… redefining the parameters of heavy music in yet another invigorating new
The lush and dreamy gardens of the
Petersen’s Deer Creek home couldn’t be further from the hellish fury of a death
metal music tour. Nor could the "Straight Edge" philosophy of Bleeding Through
reach further from the punk and death-metal traditions the band echoes. Bleeding
Through band members do not partake of drugs, alcohol, or smoke, preferring to
"grit it out, " in the words of Schiapetti.
Behind the visceral roar of Bleeding
Through’s sound, behind the tattoos and the earring-holes you could throw a cat
through, are lyrics about the eternal vagaries of human existence—love, pain,
betrayal, and longing—all expressed in the company of life’s rowdiest demons.
Marta will travel for the next four
months, playing every other night in venues across America, then, perhaps, back
"I love touring. I’m going to do this
until it doesn’t happen anymore."