One of the greatest college bands of the 90’s, Kristin Hersh formed Throwing Muses with high school friends. The band, currently consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges, pioneered a new alternative sound, releasing a string of critically celebrated albums and touring the world. Arresting masterpiece ‘University’ saw the band hitting US and UK charts and marked the beginning of a dedicated fan base that would support them for decades to come. After signing to a major label, Hersh quickly realized she wasn’t interested in entertaining the greed of the corporate recording industry, so she traded her first solo album, the widely acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers,’ for her band’s freedom. ‘I felt morally obligated to no longer participate in an industry without substance. We need real women, we need real music,’ says Hersh.
Released from her contractual obligations, Hersh was free to indulge her musical passions, including the inventive, no-holds-barred, noise rock trio 50 Foot Wave, who pioneered the pay what you want model and continues her unique brand of independence, fostering close relationships with listeners and touring across the globe with all her projects. Throwing Muses are now signed to Fire Records -a label that shares Hersh’s fiercely independent ethos- and due to release their latest effort ‘Sun Racket’, the follow up to 2013’s ‘Purgatory/Paradise’. The new album is an outpouring of modal guitars and reverbed shapes set behind Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines and haunting vocals that get into your psyche.
“Three shy friends from a little island, freaking the f*** out” is how Hersh describes her band. “We play because we’re addicted to the noise and because we love each other. We’ve never stopped playing. Thirty years on a bus together only encouraged us to play more and no one has told us to shut up yet.”
“Sublime riffs and hair-standing-on-end vocals giving you a jolt. Throwing Muses has maintained the inimitable ethos that has distinguished their music for decades“ Pop Matters