The Throwdowns return to Oahu
After releasing their new album, "Legs of Our Own," and hosting a CD release party on their home island of Maui in August, the Throwdowns are ready to head back to Oahu. Led by vocalist/guitarist Erin Smith, the band will be in Waikiki on Friday, Nov. 4, for the official HIC Triple Crown Pro party at the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu.
'The Throwdowns CD Release Party'
» Where: Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, 280 Beach Walk Ave.
» When: 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
» Cost: No cover (21+)
» Info: 955-7383 or www.facebook.com/thethrowdownsmaui
Smith checked in from Maui last week to talk story about the band's new material, the difference between "Legs of Our Own" and their previous release, "Don't Slow Down," and what else the band will be doing in Honolulu while they're in town.
She was also gracious enough to share a few tracks off the new album with Pulse readers; check them out along with a video for their single, "Shake Your Bones," below.
QUESTION: The EP you guys released in 2010 was "Don't Slow Down." The Throwdowns have really taken that to heart in 2011, huh?
ANSWER: It felt like we were slowing down, to me. I didn't think we were ready to make another record, but we did.
"Don't Slow Down" was great and we were getting lots of really awesome opportunities, but the general consensus in the band was that we needed a full-length album to take advantage of those opportunities. We wanted to put our best foot forward.
Q: Creatively speaking, is there a big difference between "Legs of Our Own" and "Don't Slow Down," or is just an extension of what you guys were already doing?
A: We already had most of the material, but we did some tweaking. I think the big change is the whole punk versus pop thing. It's a lot more pop than "Don't Slow Down." It's still got some drive to it, but then there's also a more polished vibe. It's definitely a lot less raw.
It's more refined, I'd say. We're not a pop band. We're rock and pop with some reggae influence. We were just looking for the broadest sound for what we do.
I'm even jumping around a little less on stage to make sure it sounds good!
Q: I'm familiar with how hard it is to be a musician on Oahu, let alone on Maui. How does a rock band like the Throwdowns keep busy on Maui? Do you get a lot of hometown support?
A: Oh yeah, Maui's great. They're always in our corner. It seems like on Maui, there's been a definite kick start to the rock scene over here. It just feels like there's a surge happening. So we're trying to push the boundaries of what you can do as a rock band from Hawaii.
But we don't play that much on Maui. It's not like Oahu where you can play a bunch and hit a bunch of people and expand your fan base. We don't play a lot because you can burn out real quick. Our focus is on the mainland. We want to go that way.
Q: Anything lined up for the mainland that you can talk about?
A: We're just kind of trying to play our cards the smart way. It's all about working with the bands we already know. We might be at SXSW (next year). We're talking it out right now. We're cautious about that stuff. We're all about having a game plan, but we're also cautious about what we spend our money on.
Our theory is, you can just go and do something, or you can club someone over the head with the biggest thing you've got and make a big splash. We're more in that second category.
Q: What do fans have to look forward to in Waikiki this weekend?
A: Well, the Hard Rock show is free! I'm kinda stoked about that. It's also HIC's Triple Crown Pro party, so we'll have the surfers there. And we're going to do the Road Runner Music Hall before that. It's gonna be broadcast live on Star1019.com at 2 p.m.
It's been a long time since we've headlined our own show, so I think it's going to be good. We've got a new set and new songs and we're stoke to share them with everybody. And we got some of the Maui crew coming over, so it should be fun.
Q: What else is coming up for the band?
A: In November we'll be continuing to Kona and Kauai for the CD release tour. And then we're going to do a Maui show in December and take a few weeks to chill. The new year has some exciting stuff, but I'm not really supposed to talk about it yet.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Throwdowns - "Stay HI (feat. Marty Dread)"[audio: http://www.honolulupulse.com/wp-content/audio/20111030_stayhi.mp3]
The Throwdowns - "I'm a Warrior"[audio: http://www.honolulupulse.com/wp-content/audio/20111030_imawarrior.mp3]
The Throwdowns - "On the Radio"[audio: http://www.honolulupulse.com/wp-content/audio/20111030_ontheradio.mp3]