Seattle is best known for being the birthplace of grunge, but that doesn’t mean every band it produces dresses in flannel and mumbles over power chords. In fact Throw Me the Statue has more in common with the 80s pop groups that grunge ushered out than it does with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But this shouldn’t somehow imply that they’re being untrue to their musical heritage. They’re still making good, independent music and putting on engaging live shows. And any city would be proud of a band that does that.
Throw Me the Statue centers around singer, songwriter, and guitarist Scott Reitherman. He formed the band in 2004 to fill in the instrumentation on song he’d written. By 2007 they’d recorded and released their debut album, Moonbeams and started gathering critical praise. In 2008 they hit the road in North America, Europe, and Japan, playing festivals like Sasquatch and SXSW. This year they’ve been touring with Bishop Allen (which, incidentally is how I first ran across them). In August they released their second album, Creaturesque.
“Waving at the Shore”
I’m not sure why, but I really like the way the piano doubles the guitar on the melody between the verses. And the horn part in the middle. Overall it’s a really solid pop song.
With a catchy guitar riff that sounds like it belongs in a John Hughes movie, this song seems like a recently-unearthed 80s classic. And yes, that’s a compliment.
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