“I don’t want to expand my audience… I want to refine it” – an interview with Kristin Hersh

Posted on November 22, 2011


This post originally appeared on the ITV Wales blog


It’s hard to think of another band quite like Throwing Muses. Fronted by guitarist/singer Kristin Hersh, the Boston quartet released a series of brilliantly mercurial albums from 1986 onwards. The lineup went through a few changes, most notably with guitarist Tanya Donelly leaving in 1991.

Today, the Muses remain a trio, with the band’s former roadie, Bernard Georges, playing bass since 1993.

Aside from a prolific musical output, both solo and with her other band 50 Foot Wave, Hersh has recently published a children’s book, and a memoir, ‘Paradoxical Undressing‘ – touring the latter across the US and Europe as a part spoken word, part performance show. And through her involvement in CASH Music, listeners have the opportunity to directly fund Hersh’s projects, in exchange for a steady stream of music and gig tickets.

Throwing Muses have recently released a compilation of songs. But ‘Anthology’ is far from a typical ‘best of’. You won’t find many of the singles on it, for a start. The tracks are drawn from across the band’s career, but aren’t in any kind of chronological order either. For fans of the band, it’s been a welcome chance to see them tour again.

We met up with Kristin before they played at the Gate, in Cardiff.




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