The Hardcore band THROWERS is active for just a little more than two years now. With their EP Prosaic Materialists / Rudimentary Bodies the band has submitted an exceptional record that gives no indication about the fact that this is just the band’s debut. Quite the contrary, PM/RB is a well composed, yet aggressive and eclectic EP that shall convince everybody who has a penchant for clever Hardcore-Punk with a chaotic edge and outstanding song-writing – and who hasn’t?!
THROWERS is based in Leipzig, a city in Germany’s East which is well known for its rich alternative culture as well as for the typical clichés people tend to have about Eastern Germany (and which are pretty obsolete of course). The region’s vibrant DIY-scene has been a fertile breeding ground since the German reunification, spawning countless bands and projects of all genres, many of whom were and are able to gain attention from all over the country and beyond that. PM/RB surely shows the band’s potential to achieve such an appreciation as well.
Seen seperately, the title Prosaic Materialists / Rudimentary Bodies isn’t easily understood. The first half, “prosaic materialists”, might refer to a quote of the American writer Robert Haven Schauffler from his book The Joyful Heart:
“Many say that poetry declined in America because we turned ourselves into a nation of entirely prosaic materialists. But if this is true, how do we explain our present national solicitude for song-birds and waterfalls, for groves and ancient trees, national parks and city planing? […] If we are hopelessly materialistic, why should American painters and sculptors have such a high world standing? […] The answer is self-evident. It is no utterly prosaic age, […] It is plain that our poetic decline was not wholly due to materialism.” (Schauffler, The Joyful Heart, 109f, 1914)
It’s obvious that Schauffler took up a very patriotic, postive standpoint and argues for the purpose of a strong, precious American culture – and it’s also obvious that THROWERS revert this standpoint if one gets into the lyrics of the first track Koloss:
They´re not like us, they only exist
Ordinary days in their preset ways
Significant roles like playing with dolls
THROWERS convert the phrase “prosaic materialists” and make it their own; in THROWERS‘ sense the present culture is in fact dominated by prosaic materialists (“they”), who are only opposed by a remaining few who choose to live freely and apart from the uniformed masses (“us”).
The second half of the title, “rudimentary bodies”, is harder to decode. It could refer to actual bodies of living things as well as bodies of institutions, although the term “rudimentary” points towards the former meaning. The lyrics neither reveal the usage of this phrase. It might be understood as a supplement to “prosaic materialists”, stating that the person who is a prosaic materialist isn’t fully developed until being free of his/her materialistic views. Who knows?
All in all the lyrics speak a lot of disillusion, unease and frustration:
“Demons around me drag me down
Cannot live a normal life”
“Save me from what is happening here
Defense as a mechanism
Revenge as a consequence for misanthropic feelings within myself”
“Beautiful memory, where have you gone?
You got stuck in the past
Pictures that express passion turn into hollow phrases
All that remains is despair”
Presented in an aggressive and deep, yet emotionally charged voice, not unlike the early Coliseum, the lyrics really come alive, confronting the listener with the persona’s bleak reality.
The harsh vocal-delivery is perfectly embedded into the instrumentation, which is driven by a dirty, distorted bass-sound. The bass is anyway very prominent in the mix, thereby it is the perfect foundation for the guitars, which are one of THROWERS‘ biggest strengths. In each song there is one main theme that the guitars modify and vary all the time, making the riffs really outstanding and exciting to listen to – you never know what happens next.
Speed-wise THROWERS are mostly at home with mid to fast paces, without being exorbitantly high-speed. During the song Void, THROWERS even become really slow, almost doomy. The song seems to get lost in itself here, just before picking up the pieces again to come to a rigorous finale.
As for the influences, the band names Converge and Trap Them among others, and these two are really dead-on considering THROWERS‘ sound. Albeit THROWERS take these influences and turn them into their very own trademark sound, creating really honest, very emotional music without getting cheesy, pathetic or a blatant rip-off.
Of the first press of this 10″ EP exist 500 pieces (100 on white, 400 on black vinyl, both editions with silkscreened artwork), all sold out now. There’s going to be a second press around June 2013, also on Vendetta Records. Do not miss it that time around.