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. Throwaway's unique take on rock and their memorable music videos have earned them press in the Metro Times, Post Trash, Soundsphere Magazine, Tinnitist, and more. In 2020, their music video for "I Work!" (animated by Ben Willis) was an official selection in the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Throwaway's follow-up EP, Hand That Takes, was released in 2022 by FPE Records, which It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine celebrated as "a pissed-off, burnt-out, and checked-out soundtrack to the Great Resignation."
Guitarist Kirsten Carey has collaborated with musicians such as clipping. (on the song "Stab Him In The Throat"), Tyshawn Sorey, and Elliott Sharp. Throwaway has toured widely across the USA, Canada, and Japan, headlining venues such as The Empty Bottle (Chicago), El Club (Detroit), the Bootleg Theater (LA), Alphaville (NYC), Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia), Namba Bears (Osaka), ERA (Tokyo), GROWLY (Kyoto), and Utero (Fukuoka). They have opened for acts such as Fucked Up, Amyl and the Sniffers, The Flying Luttenbachers, and Circuit Des Yeux.
Throwaway is currently recording their third album, an hour-long rock opera, with producer and engineer Chris Koltay (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs).
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
"These demented Detroiters continue to bring the beautiful noise." - Darryl Sterdan, Tinnitist
"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
"With every deranged riff comes room for the unexpected, darting around without a map between wild yelps, collapsing rhythms, shifting tempos, and rearranged melodies that squawk between wacky splattered weirdness and the utterly unnerving." - Dan Goldin, Post-Trash
"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
"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
"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