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Throw Me the Statue Answers Questions

September 3rd, 2009

Throw Me the Statue – Mercury Lounge – September 2, 2009

(Photo: Jess Merrill)

(Photo: Jess Merrill)

Scott Reithman, lead singer of Throw Me the Statue, rather earnestly asked if there were any questions. This was a fun, almost after-school-special moment. The crowd simmered and someone yelled out, “Take your shirt off.” Reithman wryly responded, “That isn’t a question.” Inspired and somewhat inquisitive, someone else asked, “Where did you get the name?” “Fuck,” Reithman muttered. This wasn’t an answer. He backed away from the mike. You sensed that this was a moment of truth, if however small. “Who said that?” He didn’t wait. “Come talk to me after the show. It’s an incredible story.”

Thirty minutes before the above anecdote, Throw Me the Statue opened with “Ancestors,” the debut single off their new—and frankly, excellent—record, Creaturesque. It is a buzzing and moveable rock song. Reithman stared out into stage lights, both overly confident and extremely suspicious. His movements got larger as the set progressed but his head rarely moved from a cocked, slightly quizzical angle.

The set was a series of new songs sandwiched around some old favorites. You could even say it was a shred predictable. However, they closed with “Staring at the Shore,” the first track from Creaturesque. It was the first coming last. And, in this way, it was maybe a quip. More important, it was strong. This wasn’t an incredible story. But there also weren’t any questions. —Geoff Nelson