The Throes - All the Flowers Growing In Your Mother's Eyes

Tuesday 1st October 1991
The Throes - All the Flowers Growing In Your Mother's Eyes

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: REX Music 1002

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The Throes are a trio from Fairfax, Virginia featuring singer/guitarist William Campbell, drummer Harold Evans and bassist Joy Gewalt who delivered a solid set at this year's Greenbelt. A touch of R.E.M., a first of several 'indie' bands but with enough songwriting craft in Evans (yep, the drummer writes the songs!) to keep you listening and grooving. Over solid walls of jangling guitars William huskily intones the tension that exists between flesh and spirit. Listen to "Skin Kings', "If the soul is in the flesh/and flesh covers the soul/which one has power?/which one takes control?" The theme comes up again on "Inside View" ("something sticking in my skin/this sin we call reality"). Leaving aside the hint of gnosticism, this is intelligent, vibrant rock for those looking for something deeper than standard pop/rock.

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