The Midweekly – Throwing Muses

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

For the record, the first time I listened to a Throwing Muses record was last year. My wife, a long time fan of the Rhode Island band, turned me onto them, and I checked out their 1994 release, Red Heaven. Shortly after, their tenth studio album, Sun Racket, came out. It’s their first in seven years. Taking in two records, decades apart, is a fun and objective way, I’ve found, to be introduced to a band. The voice of Kristin Hersh is a rare one. Raspy vocals inducing a trance, and the melodies that materialize out of that haze are both unconventional and prevailing. Lyrics like fragmented moments from a dream that stick with you after waking up. Great chord progressions, and a solid rhythm section serve their purpose for a songwriting foundation, but the true highlight of the production is Hersh’s guitar tone. It’s a fantastic blend of noise and effects, dirty and organic. The frontwoman handled the controls herself on the mixing board. Still proving to be an uncompromised force for that down tempo sound, these pioneers of alternative rock will have you in their sway. 

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