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The Throwdowns

Lahaina, Hawaii, United States | INDIE

Lahaina, Hawaii, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Reggae




"Best Band, Maui 2009"

"They're the sizzle of Pop Rocks poured over sherbet, sweet and sour firecrackers on a musical mission for world domination. With songs like "Kihei Town" and "Stolen Car," they've saturated the airwaves from here to Honolulu (and beyond), lighting up DJs' phone lines with request after request. In just one year's time, they've conquered the Battle of the Bands, opened for The Fray, Matisyahu, Bad Brains, Panic at the Disco, 311, NOFX, the English Beat (and loads of others), self-released a CD—produced and mastered by guitarist Ola Shaw, for his We Are More Productions—and then re-released it nationally with ADA/Warner Music Group. A Na Hoku Hanohano nomination for "Rock Album of the Year" (shockingly stiffed for the win, though the nod is sure to be the first of many), gigged across oceans and icebergs and, in the summer subsequent to their last CD release, are recording yet another one (full-length... stay tuned)." - Maui Time Weekly

"The Throwdowns have the goods - open for The Fray"

"From Maui, you have up-and-comers The Throwdowns, a powerful foursome fronted by the immensely talented Canadian import Erin Smith. The band’s sound can best be described as Island punk, with elements of ska, Sublime and The Pretenders. What the future holds for them is anyone’s guess, but the talent is there."
- Chad Pata, Metromix, Honolulu Advertiser November 2009 - Metromix

"Best of State of Hawai'i 2009"

"Most promising artist of 2009, The Throwdowns, who have the goods and resources to connect their reggae flavas and Maui mixed-plate moods with a dash of Gwen Stefani sass..
-Wayne Hirada, Honolulu Advertiser, January 2010 - Honolulu Advertiser

"Headed for National Mainstream Success"

"(Don't Slow Down) is an impressive seven-song CD...With original material like this, it shouldn't be long before (The Throwdowns) achieve mainstream visibility nationwide."
- John Berger, Star-Bulletin, October 2009 - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"The Surf community loves The Throwdowns"

"The Throwdowns are Hawaii's newest hottest band."
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"Review of debut EP "Don't Slow Down""

"The Throwdowns hold the experimental guts of The Clash—who attempted every genre—and provide compositions reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who recently branched out production-wise and added dance flare to alternative rock angst. Throw in the fun and flirty nature of No Doubt and thoughtful songwriting reflective of PJ Harvey, and voilà! Nearly every song on the seven-track EP is contagious, with appealing lyrics and hooks that refuse to leave your cerebral cortex." - Maui Weekly

"Praise from Hawai'i's Music Top Dogs"

"The Throwdowns are a compilation of some of the best Maui has to offer. Erin has a voice that will rock your socks, while the rest of the band is incredible...the best part is they can do all this LIVE too. Their style is so sick--upbeat punk roots with an identifiable connection to Hawaii at the same time. I love The Throwdowns. Not to mention the lyrics -- clever, fun and very easy to sing along to as well." - Anuhea

"Review from a Grammy Winner"

"Who knew the Islands could rock like this! I expected ukuleles and got great guitars, harmonies, interesting lyrics and a great rhythm section. You folks are probably lots of fun live." - Don Grossinger

"Hawaii Love for The Throwdowns"

"The Throwdowns are a great live act and bring something totally unique. No other band from Maui is making music like theirs." - Iration

"Praise for The Throwdowns from Hawaii Music Superstars"

"The Throwdowns are the real deal, I just love love love this band!" - Eric Gilliom


"Legs Of Our Own" - debut full-length album, released August 6th 2011

"On the Radio" - single released to itunes, April 2011

"Stay HI feat. Marty Dread" - single released to itunes, April 2011

"Don't Slow Down" - ADA/Warner Music Group, January 2010



The Throwdowns

“Kihei Town” #1 on Hawaii’s Q103.7 * “Stay HI” #1 & “Shake Your Bones” on Hawaii’is WILD 105.5

Debut EP “Don’t Slow Down” nominated for 2 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian Grammys)

Sold out concerts w/ Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Orianthi, etc

Performed at Hawaii’s largest concert venues; Blaisedell Arena, Waikiki Shell and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The Throwdowns Biography

Sexy hawaiian nights? A nice refreshing drink after a long day of work? Surfing in crystal clear waters? If any of this is what your hoping for but can't quite get to Hawaii... Listen to The Throwdowns.

Kimo Clark (bass), Erin Smith (vox), Ola Shaw (guitar) & Ian Hollingsworth (drums) are Maui's champions of pop-rock, garnering rave reviews for their charismatic live show and engaging pop songs. They are the epitome of young, modern Hawai'i.

The Throwdowns spent 2009 & 2010 sharing the stage with A List bands like The Fray, Train, Panic at the Disco, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Steel Pulse and Matisyahu. They were nominated for two prestigious Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaiian Grammy's) and appeared on countless magazine & newspaper covers. After a great promotional run,The Throwdowns headed into the studio in October of 2010 to finish writing and to record their first full-length album.

"Legs Of Our Own", the official debut of The Throwdowns & 13 songs of island rock-pop, is set to be released on August 6th 2011.

Fans who found the band's debut EP, "Don't Slow Down", to be "instantly spinnable" will be hooked on the new record after the first listen. "Legs of Our Own" is loaded with singles, yet is a fully-formed, playable album. Lead off single "Stay HI" features Maui's reggae ambassador Marty Dread, and is burning up on Hawaiian radio. A luscious ode to hot Hawaiian nights, "Stay HI" makes for signature reggae by The Throwdowns; stylishly sassy (a la Katy Perry & Gwen Stefani) with Passion Pit style production, mixed with homegrown reggae beats.

Other key tracks on the record include fan favorite "On the Radio". Dance-pop with a killer hook, this song is about all-consuming, always fleeting summer love. "Heart Attack", the band's full-throttle ode to defeating pressure, encompasses the energy of the band's notoriously explosive live performances. Floating like a butterfly, stinging like bee, "Swallow Me Whole" is the album closer and the big, stunning power ballad.

“We are extremely excited about this record, and can't wait to get it out to our fans,” said The Throwdowns. “This album really reflects our sound, and the direction the band is headed. Very modern, danceable, edgy with a distinct Hawaiian flair.”