In early April, Throw Me the Statue returned to the Seattle music scene after a two year absence, filling Neumos with dense and melodic experimental pop songs as a curious crowd looked on, gauging what, if anything, two years in the wilds of Los Angeles had done to the music orchestrated by frontman Scott Reitherman. Much was the same — the undeniable hooks, Reitherman’s mumblecore vocals — but the songs were further afield from conventional pop songcraft, eschewing the familiar for layered soundscapes that swelled, bounced and slashed.
When I asked Reitherman to be a guest on The Song Show I thought he might bring stripped down versions of those complex compositions. Turns out, that is impossible: the complexity is the composition. Instead, Reithermann brought his acoustic guitar and four songs from his past. As he finishes up work on Throw Me the Statue’s third full-length album for Secretly Canadian, this performance, recorded June 7, 2012 at the Rendezvous in Seattle, served as an unofficial farewell to simpler times.
…and watch Reitherman perform “Conquering Kids,” from his 2007 release Moonbeams, for the Song Show cameras.
Photograph of Scott Reitherman by Vincenzo Frattarola.