Throat are one of our favourite Finnish noise rock bands and they recently released their excellent new album Smile Less through the ever-reliable Svart Records (available through here). While the foundation of Throat’s sound remains in 90s noise rock, Smile Less pushes its way through all boundaries, starting off with cold post-punk vibes and ending in a wall of harsh noise. The space between those moments is stuffed with noisy rock music offering the listener the odd chance for groovy booty shake before throwing a curve ball with some industrial sound experiments.
We asked the band to tell us about 3 releases that have influenced them musically, read on below about their interesting choices, whilst blasting their latest single here:
TAD – Inhaler
Should we name just one band that inspired the formation of Throat, it would be TAD. Their entire discography is flawless in our book, but Inhaler definitely resonated the most around the time we started the band and our name is lifted off ‘Throat Locust’ as a gesture of humble appreciation. TAD always managed to combine their unsophisticated, riff heavy ruckus with some cool melody-lines which is something that impacts us still. ”What would TAD do?” is always a question worth asking when getting stuck with a new song.
Björk – Post
Being the Björk fan boys that we are, it’s impossible to look at her music objectively, but her fearless exploration of sound and uncompromising vision has always been a huge influence on Throat. Especially over the past few years we’ve often asked ourselves ”Can we do this?” when writing new material and Björk’s influence has been strong when eventually coming to the conclusion: ”Yes, we can!” We’ve never really recorded cover songs, but you may find a Björk cover song on one of our records, so I guess that’s saying something about the impact she’s had on us.