Live Review; Throwing Muses at Holmfirth Picturedome

Throwing Muses Holmfirth Picturedome November 4th 2011

An Outstanding UK Return

Descending into deepest, darkest Yorkshire on a Friday night is not many peoples idea of a good evening, but Throwing Muses have drawn a very respectable sized crowd for tonights gig. On tour to promote the release of their ‘Anthology’ cd, this three piece Muses incantation have been playing gigs for almost 20 years and it shows in their professionalism. Rarely do you get a rhythm section as tight as David Narcizo and Bernard Georges.

Propelled by Kristin’s frenetic guitar, Bernie pummels his bass – to quote the Anthology sleeve note essay, he plays bass like a mother fucker – whilst Dave beats the shit out of his drum kit. Songs are spat out rapid as machine gun fire, every track cranked up a notch. With a career encompassing setlist, the single releases ‘Bright Yellow Gun’ and ‘Shark’ fizzle with energy, resonating with an appreciative audience.

Half way through the gig something seems to ignite the band ‘Hate My Way’ from their eponymous 1986 debut explodes as Kristin Hersh begins to expel the songs like she is exorcising demons, her face contorts, neck veins throbbing as lyrics are torn out of her mouth. A scintillating, set closing sucker punch of ‘Vickys Box’ and ‘Bea’ leaves me reeling and the band return for two encores before we have chance to recover. A truly outstanding concert, catch them if you can.

Words: Jamie Gambino
Photography: Phill Hutchinson