Musicians like Kristin Hersh and Tonya Donelly of Throwing Muses were a huge inspiration to me as a teenage girl guitarist trying to feel at home in a sea of punk rock boys. Records like The Real Ramona and Hips and Makers acted as rafts for insecure girls like me to climb on top of and play without drowning.
During my teen years, there were only a handful of known female musicians who could really play and who played in undeniably great bands. And they all seemed to know each other. Throwing Muses, Belly, and The Breeders shared and traded members like the MVPs of the underground pop scene.
After Throwing Muses broke-up, Kristin went on to play solo, at times playing all of the instruments on her records. She’s complicated, authentic, and wears her truths on her sleeve. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, and later, bi-polar, she’s had some heavy demons to battle, and her albums show the scars.
What happens to the punk rock kid when she grows up becomes a mother? Does she put that part of her to sleep with a lullaby? (more…)