BEST BAND, Winner The Throwdowns Website: http://thethrowdowns.com 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). Talent aside, the best thing about Erin Smith, Ian Hollingsworth, Kimo Clark and Shaw is their cheery candor. What you see is what you get, and what you get is good.
BAND, Winner The Throwdowns Website: http://thethrowdowns.com This BOM award comes on the eve of the band’s first full-length album release (Legs Of Our Own), and true to their debut EP’s title, it doesn’t look like these peppy rockers will be ‘slowing down’ any time soon. Drummer Ian Hollingsworth is a proverbial animal, Ola Shaw’s a madman both behind the mixing-and fret boards, Kimo Clark’s got an impressive vertical equal and opposite to his bass lines and Erin Smith’s a guitar-wielding, high-heeling wahine who’s go the “Best Female Musician” award locked down year after year. Mix ‘em all together and you’ve got a recipe for sound-success.
What can I say, except that MauiTime readers know how to rock. The Throwdowns have been around a few years now, and they put on an electrifying show. I guess you could label them rock/pop/island music, but what does that tell you? All that can really be said is that their songs “Shake Your Bones,” “Heart Attack” and “Stolen Car” will rock your world. And if you see them live, your senses are really in for a treat. They've played on the same stage as Train, The Fray, Panic at the Disco, Sublime with Rome, Steel Pulse, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Matisyahu, which kind of gives you an idea of their range. Erin Smith (vocals), Ola Shaw (guitar), Kimo Clark (bass) and Ian Hollingsworth (drums) form one of the best bands in Hawaii, and our readers are justifiably thrilled with them.