Interview With Throwing Up
THE RAUCOUS, HEAVING, FILTH-FLECKED SOUND OF BRITISH GUTTER PUNK
Throwing Up are a punk trio from London. All of them are old hands on the London gig circuit. Singer Camille and bassist Claire were formerly one half of Headless – the all-girl banshee quartet – whilst drummer Ben Rayner previously played sticks in Fading Fast and the admirably-named Shitting Fists. I have made a mental note to eschew any vomit-based punnery in this write-up but sometimes a man inside my head tells me to do it so please find it in your good nature to overlook such dalliances and kindly excuse any of my ill-advised chunder references.
With blown-out, beat-down, scuzzed-up guitars raining down chunkily on vocals that sound like hastily-blurted, forcefully-expulsed incantations of defiance, Throwing Up will appeal to fans of Sleigh Bells or Cults. By adding the sort of infectious hooks that are synonymous with punk tradition the band also pay homage to the classic British DIY sound as purveyed with bile and brittle by like-minded luminaries such as X-Ray Spex and The Raincoats. They’re fast, catchy and veer erratically between sugar and salt in the passive/aggressive manner of a bipolar speed-freak dirtying the gutter with his remixed dinner.
The trio have found an appropriate home in New York label What’s Your Rupture? – home to blogger bum-boys Ice Age and Comet Gain – and release their new single Mother Knows Best today, the video of which is below. It’s raucous, heaving and filth-flecked, just like Medicine – which you can download here for nowt.