Hersh's 50 Foot Wave Copes With Bad Timing

Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave.

Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave. Sometimes there's just not much you can do about bad timing. "It's either on my part or God's, I'm not so sure," saus Hersh, a modern rock scene veteran who was a co-founder of Throwing Muses.

50 Foot Wave, which is rounded out by drummer Rob Ahlers and Throwing Muses bassist Bernard Georges, has an EP available via CD Baby and is planning to release its first full-length disc, "Golden Ocean," in March. The set was mailed to music critics about a week before the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 160,000 people in Southern Asia and Eastern Africa.

Hersh named the band after the audiophile term for the lowest sound audible to the human ear. It has a dual meaning, too, since there's a surf-punk vibe to her music. "Golden Ocean" is the phrase one of Hersh's four sons used to describe how the lights of Los Angeles look at night.

She said she never made the connection between her band's name and the Asian tragedy until someone phoned to point it out to her. "I wasn't thinking about me," she said. "I was thinking about all of those people."

So what do you do when something you create, through no fault of your own, suddenly can make someone cringe? Hersh plans to stand fast and thinks most people won't make the connection. "It was such a good name a month ago," she said.


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