As the lead singer and songwriter of Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh helped define the sound of late-80s and early-90s college rock. Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release with over 20 records solo, with Throwing Muses and noise rock power trio 50 Foot Wave.
Her guitar work and composition style ranges from jaggedly dissonant to traditional folk and her lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness style, reflecting her personal experiences.
Throwing Muses were signed to 4AD, the first American group to be signed on the British label, and originally fronted by two lead singers, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly (who went on to form Belly). 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.
Hersh is also the author of an acclaimed memoir — based on her teenage diary — about a particularly eventful year, titled “Rat Girl” which was named by Rolling Stone as one of their “25 Greatest Rock Memoirs Of All Time”. She later released “Crooked” (2010) as a ground-breaking book that included the album, artwork, lyrics and an exclusive essay, something that was further explored with the Throwing Muses album ‘Purgatory/Paradise’ (2013). Her last book “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt” chronicles the pair’s deep friendship and their time touring together.
Striking out on her own, however, has only broadened her musical horizons, as her music has more recently embraced everything from hushed acoustic balladry and folk to full-on rock, all balanced by her natural pop instincts.
Support is from former Throwing Muses and Belly bassist Fred Abong performing songs from his solo catalogue.