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Newport, Rhode Island, United States (1981 – present)

Throwing Muses is a post-punk alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, that toured and recorded extensively until 1997, when its members began concentrating more on other projects. Originally fronted by two distinctive lead singers, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, stepsisters 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. Hallucinatory, febrile songs by Hersh occasionally touched on the subject of mental illness, more often drawing portraits of characters from daily life or addressing relationships.

Donelly left the band in 1991 and was a member of The Breeders and Belly, before starting to perform solo. She also contributed vocals to the Throwing Muses self-titled album in 2003. Hersh has also worked solo, and currently fronts the power trio 50 Foot Wave (which also includes Muses bassist Bernard Georges). Narcizo works in graphic design and has a musical project Lakuna.

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  • McBlood_857

    awesome band

    22 May 3:00pm Reply
  • nickinko

    UK tour! Got a ticket for Brighton ~ this date seems to be missing on the lastfm page though

    22 May 6:10am Reply
  • Violetdusk

    Really liking the new one, a long time but worth it!

    2 Feb 4:27pm Reply
  • rOOm-on-fire

    Je ne m'y attendais pas! Vraiment bien ce nouvel album!

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dilay

    new album! so good!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Narflz

    ...Purgatory/Paradise is phenomenal

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Shannonline

    wow at new album, amazing.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • micahnewman

    P/P doesn't really feel like Throwing Muses album to me. More like a solo album. Too acoustic. I guess that's partly because a lot of the songs have been floating around under the solo moniker for years now.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    great album, but feels a lot more like her solo work than a t.muses reunion. oh well, her voice is always welcome in any form.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    The new album is UNBELIEVABLY good. Best thing Kristin's done for many, many years.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Wonder_Showzen

    New album is really good.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    The new album is outstanding... now all I need are some UK dates to be announced for 2014!

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IanOhs

    iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's here : D

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    hell i remember you

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • IanOhs

    has Purgatory been pushed back? hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    goddamn this is too exciting

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mrgypsum

    i think i need a little poison...

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    lightning did not strike twice for this band, but the original strike caused quite a fire

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    by the way, do they have any records similar to the 1986 self-titled? None of their "poppier" albums did impress me as much as that one.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    What an awesome lyricist Kristin is! Truly a genius.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
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