From: London, UK
Lazy equation: (Monster Magnet circa ’91 + Matt Pike at the exact moment he was equal-parts committed to Sleep and High On Fire) x Lots and lots of Black Sabbath.
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Thrash Hits verdict: We like Throne so much that we’re putting them on the bill of the third Thrash Hits Presents… night later this year. When we first saw them supporting Ancient VVisdom earlier this year, we just knew that the next time we got our act together into organising a gig, Throne’s big, fuzzy, tidal-wave-crush of riffs would have a place on the bill. If our booking them isn’t enough of a recommendation on its own as to why you should check them out ASAP, here’s a chat we had with the band after that AVV show.
Describe your sound in three words.
I guess “Stoner rock music” sums it up pretty well.
How did you meet?
Will Michael [bass]: I met Julia [Owen, drums] through a mate at university who knew I was looking to start a new band. We practiced as a two-piece for a while and wrote some riffs, but felt like we needed a better singer really. I was looking for someone to join the band as a guitarist and a singer when I met Nicos [Livesey, vocals/guitar] at a party. He was also looking to start a band, we played each other riffs we’d been working on and starting combining stuff. It worked real well and we played our first show a few months after.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We all grew up in different places, so I don’t know if you could say one place affected or influenced our music. It’s more likely we’ve been influenced in the last few years, all being in London and hanging out in the same areas and coming together as a band.
Where did the name come from?
I think the best names are the ones you can hear and instantly have an idea what the band will sound like – at the very least you can guess who their influences are and what genre they might be. Throne felt like an obvious name for those reasons. We looked hard at the time and couldn’t find another active or well known band with the exact same name so we took it.
So far, what’s been the best thing about being in a band?
There’s so many good things about it, but playing your music loud, to people who want to hear it, is easily the best reason to be in a band.
What are your influences outside music?
Alcohol and no lids.
What would your dream show be?
California Jam ’74.
What’s been the best live shows you’ve played to date?
Playing at SXSW in Texas was awesome, we did a lot of drinking and watching good bands too. DesertFest had the best atmosphere we’ve experienced, the whole weekend people were really into the bands and the bands that played there were mostly fucking awesome.
Watch Throne playing live at DesertFest 2012:
What have you got planned for the future?
We recently recorded some tracks at Orgone Studios with Jaime Gomez Arellano. He’s a sick producer and has produced some of our favorite bands, so it was awesome working with him. We’re in the process of getting a 7” pressed, it will be available very soon.
Name one other band that people should hear about but probably haven’t.
Tell us a joke.
There were these two guys in a lunatic asylum, and one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape, so they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moonlight, stretching away to freedom. Now the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend didn’t dare make the leap. See, he’s afraid of falling. It’s then that the first guy has an idea: “Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!”
The second guy just shakes his head, he says: “What do you think I am? Crazy?! You’d turn it off when I was half way across!”
Throne will be releasing their debut EP very, very soon. They’re also playing a few dates up and down the UK in the coming months, but none of them are as exciting as Thrash Hits Presents…(no.3), where they’ll be playing alongside Cult Cinema and Empress in support of History Of The Hawk. Click here to find out more and to get your hands on some cheap-as-chips tickets.