"It’s not overly fanciful to perceive the Muses and Pixies – they toured together frequently upon their emergence – as the bridge from the punk-infuenced American college rock of the 1980s to the grunge of the early 1990s" **** album review (Uncut)
Throwing Muses performing on 90s music show, The Word
To mark the 25th anniversary of the band's 1986 eponymous debut album and to celebrate the release of the first ever compilation of the bands work, Anthology, Throwing Muses perform at the Pavilion as part of a special UK tour.
Formed in 1983 in Boston Massachusetts by step-sisters Kristin Hersh (vocals/guitar) and Tanya Donelly (guitar/vocals), Throwing Muses was the first act to sign to the 'alternative rock' record label 4AD, pioneering a singular form of 'alternative rock' years before the term existed.
Arresting, unsettling and sometimes downright scary, Kristin's work was like nothing in the rock canon to that point, the result of a much-misunderstood bi-polar disorder which caused songs to 'force' themselves upon her. The young band's playing was extraordinary, joining the dots between elliptical post-punk, harmonious folk jangle and rockabilly thunder without ever settling into standard genre patterns.
Video for Throwing Muses' single, Not Too Soon
Throwing Muses won instant acclaim in the UK. Their originality was confirmed by the release of their critically acclaimed second album, another breathtaking tapestry of mercurial Hersh music, House Tornado in 1988. The record was accompanied by a landmark UK tour which saw the Muses supported by fellow Bostonians the Pixies.
The Muses continued success throughout the 90s eventually came to an end when Tanya departed the band to help Kim Deal launch The Breeders before finding stardom with her own group Belly. Throwing Muses continued as a three-piece until they disbanded in 1997.
Since then, Kristin has released two solo records and formed the blistering power-trio 50 Foot Wave.
A band who's sound was to define 'alternative rock' as we know it, the Throwing Muses is one of the most influential acts of a generation.
"Hersh's voice - an enthrallment that goes deeper than the mere sound of her singing, part crow, part Wicked Witch of the West and part vengeful alternative rock icon " 8.2/10 (Pitchfork)
"..one of the most inventive bands of the late-80s boom in ‘college’ or ‘alternative’ rock – but those pigeonholes fail to convey anything of their concise, mercurial, hook-laden psychodramas" album review (BBC)
The band released their debut album Fossils and other Phantoms on Wichita Recordings in 2010. It won the band acclaim for its subtle but powerful song writing. The NME called them 'head-over-heels brilliant', The Guardian praised their 'thrilling' musicianship and awarded the album four stars. They toured tirelessly for the rest of 2010, playing runs around Europe with both Local Natives and The Archie Bronson Outfit and around North America with She Keeps Bees, a co-headline run with Sky Larkin and finally in support of Kate Nash.
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