The Throwdowns


Our Mission: “To Take Over The World”


Strong in a number of unexpected ways, The Throwdowns have developed their own indie rock, pop-punk sound that encompasses dance and reggae, all with an identifiable connection to Hawaii. It's this unique sound, hook-laden songs, big attitude and killer live performances that are causing the buzz about this band who are often compared to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santogold, The Pretenders, The Clash, but with an electro-club, Hawaiian edge.


When you put Kimo Clark, Erin Smith, Ola Shaw & Ian Hollingsworth (one Canadian girl, two Hawaiian guys and one man from Pennsylvania) together, the result is a sound & a vibe that music-lovers look for in a new band. That elusive connection where the listener is drawn in and feels immediately like they're a part of the show.


Released on August 28th 2009, and re-released on ADA/Warner in January 2010, The Throwdowns debut EP "Don't Slow Down" has landed on many critical Best-Of Lists for 2009.  Their debut single “Kihei Town”, raced to the #1 spot in various radio formats from rock to top 40 in Hawai'i, and still receives considerable airplay two years after the release.


In their two year career, The Throwdowns have shared the stage with The Fray, Train, Panic at the Disco, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Bad Brains, 311, Matisyahu and The English Beat, and have been compared to the likes of Santogold, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pretenders, The Gossip, Feist and The Clash. The Throwdowns have also received recognition within Hawaii’s music community being nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s Grammys) in 2010.


The Throwdowns' first full-length album, "Legs of Our Own", will be released in July of 2011 just in time for BayFest 2011!


While the Hawaiian islands bask in the leisurely pace of endless summer, The Throwdowns are saying "Don't Slow Down". Can you keep up with them?