Describing themselves as "eclectic a cappella," Throat Culture's diverse material draws upon a variety of influences, including gospel, doo-wop, classic pop and Motown. Alto Betsy Brickey puts her creamy tone to good use on "Chameleon" and "Sweet Dreams" (Eurythmics). "Damaged Goods" is reminiscent of the style and vocal inflection of Stevie Wonder. Their songwriting style is personal and original, and tends toward dark themes of love and loss, but with an irreverent twist.
Throat Culture: A Cappella Head
On this, their first album, we are treated to a mix of covers and originals such as Jimi Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic," Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," "St. James Infirmary" and Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle." Though these are well sung and arranged, the outstanding songs on this release are the originals. "Fonemate" could easily have been an early Bob's tune, the humor is so similar. "Jack Bates (bail bonds)" is a saga of a lost love being traced. This is the cd which introduced us to the cult favorite, "Easter Island Head." "I want a head like the head you see on Easter Island..."