Throwing Muses

Formed 1981.
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Kristin Hersh - Interview with Mark Radcliffe

Throwing Muses' Kristin Hersh talks to Mark about her time in the band and her memoirs.

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Throwing Muses is an alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, that toured and recorded extensively until 1997, when its members began concentrating more on other projects. The group was originally fronted by two lead singers, Kristin Hersh, and Tanya Donelly, who both wrote the group's songs. Throwing Muses are known for performing music with shifting tempos, creative chord progressions, unorthodox song structures, and surreal lyrics. The group was set apart from other contemporary acts by Hersh's stark, candid writing style; Donelly's pop stylings and vocal harmonies; and David Narcizo's unusual drumming techniques eschewing use of cymbals. Hersh's hallucinatory, febrile songs occasionally touched on the subject of mental illness, more often drawing portraits of characters from daily life or addressing relationships.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Anthology

    Anthology 2011

    Reviewed by Chris Power
    Avoiding the obvious hits, this collection celebrates the band’s remarkable catalogue.
  2. Review of The Real Ramona

    The Real Ramona 1991

    Reviewed by Andrzej Lukowski
    Two decades of indie-pop later, it still sounds arresting.
  3. Review of Hunkpapa

    Hunkpapa 1989

    Reviewed by Dennis O'Dell
    The legendary band's third transitional album is a mixed bag...
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