Captain Sean-Doe (lead vocals), Jacko (washboard / trumpet / vocals), Dino (lead guitar / vocals),
King Taco Pearl (guitar), Chango Von Streicher (drums), Franco Fontana (bass)
Hailing from the Salton Sea in California and purveyors of the self-coined sound of “sailor rock,” Throw Rag developed their own deranged hybrid of hardcore/punk/rock, voodoo swamp boogie and nightmare roots-folk music. The psycho carny they create in live shows is seductive, terrifying and pure fun. The six-piece (including a washboard/trumpet player) doesn’t cut corners when it comes to loud guitars and even louder rock and roll demonics. Their live show is virtually a dual attack of lead singer Captain Sean Doe and the maniacal Jacko on washboard. The mesmerizing derangement of watching their cheap whiskey Satan and washboard perversion leaves no one unscathed.
Throw Rag has a fiercely loyal fan base, growing college radio play and has received accolades from everyone from The Reverend Horton Heat to Chris Isaak, and from Flogging Molly to The Misfits! In the past few years the boys have shared the stage with such rock luminaries as Bad Religion, Reverend Horton Heat, Flogging Molly, The Supersuckers, X, Dropkick Murphys, The Toilet Boys, NOFX, Motorhead, Social Distortion, Willie Nelson, Rocket From The Crypt, Royal Crown Revue, The Humpers, Dick Dale, El Vez, Andre Williams, Green Day, Mike Watt, Weezer, The Damned, The Dickies, Wesley Willis, The Dwarves, T.S.O.L., Youth Brigade, Nashville Pussy, The Cadillac Tramps and many others, picking up an army of new fans and media fascination along the way, proving that Throw Rag is America’s rock and roll band.
Now the guys are back at the top of their game with their second burnt offering entitled “Desert Shores.” This time around the knobs were turned by Tim Kerr (axe man for Texas skate-punk legends The Big Boys and now The Monkeywrench) and include odes to glue bags, last days of the Wild West, and just plain breakin’ the rules. “Desert Shores” is everything their live-show fans have been begging for and a strong follow up to their 2001 debut “Tee-Tot.” Produced by Mickey Petralia (Beck) and Mario Cataldo (Beastie Boys), “Tee-Tot” received rave press reviews in various California publications, creating a huge cult following on the Southern California club circuit. It featured the song, “Auntie Bert,” which was heard in episode 19 of the smash Viacom/Showtime hit: “The Chris Isaak Show.”
After touring almost non-stop in 2002 in support of “Tee-Tot,” the band signed with BYO Records in January 2003. They started their blasphemous 2003 campaign touring with Flogging Molly and generating a buzz about the release of “Desert Shores” (out June 3rd, 2003). Reviews were great; Kerrang Magazine gave the album a 4K rating (out of 5). Throughout 2003 they’ve been road warriors with the likes of the Supersuckers (May/June), Reverend Horton Heat, Southern Culture On The Skids (July through October). This past December the band ventured overseas for a six week European tour as direct support to Flogging Molly. The started 2004 strong, with a memorable sold out performance at the legendary Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. North American fans will have the opportunity to catch the band at the Annual BYO Bowling Tournament in February 2004, and in Austin, TX at the SXSW Music Festival in March. Their sophomore release and follow-up to “Desert Shores” should be in stores in the fall of 2004. Until then, the band will be doing some rigorous touring throughout North America and Europe.
Throw Rag is everything dangerous about rock and roll, and play it the way it should be played: dirty, cool to look at and listen to, full of flash and excitement and both an antidote and an indictment to all the Billy bands, nu-metal poseurs and wallowing, piteous shoe-gazers. They are what we love to fear about music and that much more. Be scared… be very scared.
THE DOWNS FAMILY