“A gnarly, skronky, exhilarating pathwork of punk, no-wave, noise-pop, and weird-metal… WHAT? has a next-level kind of elegant ferocity and a fully crystallized aesthetic.”
Haunted by a mysterious woman with a brown paper bag for a head, acclaimed guitarist Kirsten Carey created Throwaway, an art rock / no wave duo that acrobatically leaps around virtuosic riffs and unexpected rhythms. Throwaway’s electric energy is “absolutely brilliant” (Soundsphere), with “aerodynamic rock-grit flavors of the likes of Primus or Deerhoof” (eCurrent). The masked namesake of the band is surreally represented in performances through live visuals.
In 2019, Throwaway released their debut album, WHAT?, to widespread acclaim. The album was preceded by two 7”s: “Milk Song / Family Cry” (mixed by Jonathan Snipes of clipping.) and "Bonathan Jyers / Exotic Bird," which was featured on Detroit's CW50. Throwaway's unique take on art / noise rock and their witty, bizarre, memorable music videos have earned Throwaway press in the Metro Times, Detroit News, Soundsphere Magazine, Birthday Cake for Breakfast, and more. In 2019, Throwaway will embark on their first international tour - to Japan.
Kirsten Carey's guitar playing was featured on the clipping. song "Stab Him in the Throat" for the soundtrack of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Rick and Morty. Carey has a duo with MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey and has additionally shared the stage with Elliott Sharp, Okkyung Lee, and more. Throwaway has performed in venues including El Club (Detroit), the Bootleg Theater (LA), the Magic Bag (Detroit), Alphaville (NYC), Trans-Pecos (NYC), the Hi Hat (LA), and Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia), and opened for acts such as Fucked Up and Amyl and the Sniffers.
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"The craziest, coolest thing we've heard in a while. Kinda grungy, but mostly ferocious, and absolutely brilliant." - Don Smith, Soundsphere Magazine
"Throwaway comes at you strong with a ripping guitar and lots to say... It’s witty, harsh, and a bit rough around the edges in the best way possible. It feels like a piece of self-expression that goes beyond just making music." - CW50 Detroit
"[Throwaway's] music is difficult, unique, compelling, and not for everyone, which is why it's special." - Christopher Porter, Pulp
"Maybe if someone chewed off the collective knee caps of Melvins, stuffed some broken glass in there and then stitched those bloody caps back on (upside down) then it might sound a bit like Throwaway do?" - Sean Worrall, Organ Thing
"A legit, out-there gnarler." - Dustin Krcatovich, Curmudgeon's Club
"Listening to [Throwaway's] music is like embarking on a white-water rafting trip and emerging battered and soggy, but ultimately enjoying yourself." - Zach Marburger, eCurrent