“Everything Throwaway does on its music is carefully manipulated, leaving very little room for error. Experimentation at its best. Throwaway is onto something here, they’re just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.”
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, snagging spots on international year-end lists from the likes of Ghettoblaster Magazine , Tinnitist, and Organ Thing. 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 rock and their witty, bizarre, memorable music videos have earned them press in the Metro Times, Detroit News, Soundsphere Magazine, and more. In 2019, Throwaway embarked on their first international tour - a ten-show stint across Japan. In 2020, their music video for "I Work!" (animated by Ben Willis) was an official selection for the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
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), Namba Bears (Osaka), WALL (Tokyo), Utero (Fukuoka), 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.
Some Nice Things People Have Said!
"The craziest, coolest thing we've heard in a while. Kinda grungy, but mostly ferocious, and absolutely brilliant." - Don Smith, Soundsphere Magazine
"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." - Jeff Milo, Detroit Metro Times
"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
"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
"[Throwaway's] music is difficult, unique, compelling, and not for everyone, which is why it's special." - Christopher Porter, Pulp
"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