Throwing Muses pioneered a style of catchy, hook driven post-punk in the 1980s that greatly influenced what would come to be called alternative rock in the 1990s. Along with similar American bands like the Pixies, REM and Sonic Youth, Throwing Muses’ music laid the blueprint for much of the college and indie rock that followed. Led by stepsister duo Kristen Hersh and Tanya Donelly the band’s sound blended the caustic and the pretty, melodic pop with avant-garde song structures, shifting tempos, odd chord progressions and Hersh’s alien, disarming vocals. While often overlooked, Throwing Muses’ inventive music continues to wield influence over today’s indie rock.
Hersh and Donelly formed Throwing Muses around 1981 while the... Read More