While Throwing Muses are still a going concern, so is Kirstin Hersh's noiser/mathy-er power trio 50 Foot Wave, who will release a new EP, titled Bath White, via HHBTM on May 27. You can check out the EP's title track:

Hersh tells us that, lyrically, the song was inspired by an encounter with a shark while swimming at Laguna Beach:

Swimming in Laguna saltwater, coming clean, laughing with the kids, etc., I looked down and saw a pretty big (I wanna say enormous, but I’m notgonna) shark, between my toes and the sand. California will do this to yousometimes; catch your breath between spoiling you and inflicting unspoiledon you. It shrinks you to your appropriate size, an un-mattering. Sharks are the matter that matters in that sun-sparkled world. It’s their ocean, not yours.

Anyway, smart people already know that, but I paddled away, pale and embarrassed. And still, pale and embarrassed, I wander an ocean that isn’t mine. Not a lot of choice, really. Maybe something new is on the other side, but I guess none of us’ll know for sure until we finish piling up the new that keeps getting pitched our way here. Ducking or gathering, depending. New can be hard, but together we move forward, backward and in
circles, nudged by these suggestions:

1. Don’t hurt each other. If you can’t help, do nothing.
2. And try not to fall for impure when purity is waiting: a rotten apple can’t feed you, a shadow isn’t a person.
3. When the glare of fluorescent human-ness obscures the light of humanity, let it wake you up a little, help sort out your noisy addictions.

One Bath White butterfly is the oldest pinned entomological specimen, the others fly up and over the Himalayas. I’m not making a judgment call here, just saying. Cuz it doesn’t get any better than high on the ground, in my opinion. We don’t get any better than that. Clumsily, sweetly, we surf the sharks’ ocean, fly the butterflies’ sky, but grounded is pretty great. And it’s the only greatness that’s really asked of us. Sometimes it really is so awfully brutal here, I know…and then sometimes? It’s brutally enchanting. Happy, happy, happy new year. - Kristin Hersh

Check out EP art and tracklist below.


50 Foot Wave Bath White

50 Foot Wave - Bath White tracklist
Bath White
God's Not A Dick
Ratted Out
St Christopher
Sun Salute

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