Throw Me The Statue & The Brunettes
Throw Me The Statue
with special guest
Throw Me the Statue was formed by Scott Reitherman after he began self-releasing CDs of buzzy, lo-fi indie pop in 2004. Friends, including Pedro the Lion member Casey Foubert, pitched in to help as Reitherman added instruments including drum machines and glockenspiels to round out his sound. A full band came into shape in early 2007 as Throw me the Statue's debut album Moonbeams was released on Reitherman's Baskerville Hill label and later on Secretly Canadian. They have been featured on Pitchfork Media and NPR and have received airplay on the independent Seattle radio station KEXP. Their name most likely comes from a line during a scene featuring Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, and Kathleen Turner, in the 1984 film, Romancing the Stone.
In 2008 Throw Me the Statue toured the US, played at SXSW and the Sasquatch Festival, and opened for Cake in Seattle.
The album Moonbeams made it to #16 of 100 on the Amazon Music Best of 2008 Editors Picks list.
They are currently in the process of recording their second album. They also performed a version of Huey Lewis and the News's hit, "If This Is It", for an upcoming Huey Lewis tribute album.
Jonathan and Heather met when their respective bands played a show together. They began creating boy/girl melodrama pop inspired by 70s New York punk and 60s girl groups but created in an Auckland scene of opiate-infused garage rock 'n' roll.
This seclusion soon produced "Mars Loves Venus," a lathe-cut EP pressed up by King Records, Geraldine. The short run quickly sold out and Jonathan set to work demo-ing up the band's first six albums. Heather and Jonathan's relationship suffered, understandably. Heather was seen often in New Zealand's society pages with champagne flutes in each hand, while Jonathan's striving for sonic perfection within the constraints of four-track cassette recording drove him to Smile-like levels of madness.
Dressed in his fireman's helmet, Jonathan applied for a job at Marbeck's, a downtown Auckland record store. It was while he worked there that one of those four-track recordings, 'Talk to Jesus,' was noticed by local manager and promoter Melinda Olykan on Auckland's college radio station BFM. Pulling out her cheque-book straight away, she managed to get Jonathan away from the store counter for a two-figure sum, and soon the Brunettes were playing shows again. They developed a reputation for quiet, intimate shows of fragile garage pop, the audience laughing at the wry pop culture references in the lyrics, and shushing each other for talking during the songs.
The Brunettes finally released their debut album 'Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks' in the spring of 2002, and six months later put out a mini album, 'The Boyracer E.P.' The uniqueness of these releases and the engaging charm of their live show, gained them a swooning national fan base in New Zealand, made them darlings of its college radio stations, and placed them as the nation's undisputed number one bubblegum pop band. Tours of Australia and the United Kingdom in 03/04 put the Brunettes in the hearts of indie-pop fans in those corners of the globe too, with rapturously received shows with Architecture in Helsinki, the Postal Service and the Futureheads.
In June 2004 they released their second album, 'Mars Loves Venus,' which reprised the title track of their very first release, and saw the production progress from the bedroom Spector-isms of ÂHolding Hands Feeding Ducks,' to a multi-spectral smorgasbord of pop production references from the Grievous Angel to Paisley Park.
Since this release, the Brunettes show has grown in stature to accommodate the so-dubbed "Lil' Chief Pop Orchestrette," a changing, waxing and waning crew of amateur instrumentalists associated with Auckland's Lil' Chief Records, a company who have released some of New Zealand's most unassumingly beautiful pop music of the last few years. Sometimes touring as a five piece and sometimes playing as a ten piece Orchestrette the Brunettes incorporate marimba, glockenspiel, banjo, cello, trumpet, alto and tenor saxophone, the clarinet and more.
1206 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|