50 Foot Wave - 50 Foot Wave / self-titled

50 Foot Wave
50 Foot Wave

(Throwing Music)

First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2004, Volume 11, #9

Written by John Metzger


In 2003, after a seven-year hiatus, Throwing Muses regrouped briefly in order to cap its career with a second self-titled set. In essence, the ensemble departed with a volatile, high-energy collection of material that seemed to indicate a new approach for Kristin Hersh, one that she further extends within the confines of her latest project 50 Foot Wave. Formed with drummer Rob Ahlers and former Musesí bass player Bernard Georges, the trio has chosen to take the unusual path of self-releasing a series of EPs rather than a single, full-length effort, and each will be separated by a heavy touring schedule. The first salvo is an eponymous six-song cacophony of brash, angry rock that boils its bashed and bruised emotions in a punishing stew of screaming, distorted guitars, and thunderously driving rhythms. Granted, there isnít much variation among the songs, so one is likely to either love or hate the effort as a whole, but the groupís pithy punk-rock debut is, nonetheless, delightful in its own ferocious way. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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