Working title: "Hollywood." Demo of a song from the forthcoming second Trophy Wives LP, due out early/mid 2013. Recorded March 15 and 16, 2011 at Treehouse Audio. Engineered by Trip Barriger.
"“Weight” and “volume” are terms usually reserved for science, but with Trophy Wives they’re an art. The Louisville, KY-based four-piece’s dark, sweaty rock cribs its moves from Birthday Party-esque post-punk, Kyuss-like stoner grooves, and Jesus Lizard-like rhythm section gnarl in equal measure, going unpredictably but consistently for either your gut or your throat. Make no mistake: they’re going to hit you hard and kick your ass, but at least you’re going to have a good time rolling with the punches." -Johnny C., www.prfbbq.com
September 29: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar w/ Skin Tone
October 5: Chicago, IL @ Quenchers w/ Waxeater, Jap Herron, The Paver, Marmora, Skunk Ape
October 6: Kenosha, WI @ Paddy O's (Ride of the Living Dead 2012)
October 23: Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar w/ Police Teeth, Neighbor
October 24: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Vincas
October 26: Jackson, TN @ The Furtle Turtle w/ Old Coldbloods, 321 Go
October 27: Memphis, TN @ Juicy Jim's w/ Dirty Streets, Tanks
The Isthmus (Madison, WI) show preview:
The Onion A.V. Club:
Martian Dance Invasion's Best of 2011:
Dallas Observer interview:
I Wanna Rock You Baby reviews Old Scratch (in Hungarian): csakbennhajogerendazatto.freeblog.hu/archives/2012/01/23/Trophy_Wives_-_Old_Scratch_Noise-Grunge-Rock/
90.1 WRUV (Burlington, VT) reviews Old Scratch: reviews.wruv.org/2012/01/old-scratch/
Shiny Grey Monotone discusses Old Scratch:
R.A.D. Vinyl reviews Old Scratch:
The One True Dead Angel reviews Old Scratch: theonetruedeadangel.blogspot.com
The Soda Shop reviews Old Scratch: thesodashop.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/current-rotation-8272011/
LEO Weekly interview:
Subba-Cultcha reviews Old Scratch: www.subba-cultcha.com/album-reviews/article.php?contentID=25661
Elementary Revolt reviews the teaser for Old Scratch: elementaryrevolt.blogspot.com/2011/07/trophy-wives-old-scratch-lp-teaser-2011.html
The Obelisk reviews the Trophy Wives/Glasspack split 7": theobelisk.net/obelisk/2011/03/10/glasspacktrophywivessplitreview/
LEO Weekly reviews Louisville is for Lovers 10, featuring Trophy Wives:
LEO Weekly reviews Trophy Wives' self-titled EP:
First conceived in the summer of 2007 by veterans of many of their city's more noteworthy and distinguished bands of recent years, Louisville, Kentucky's TROPHY WIVES has established themselves as a veritable force to be reckoned with in their own right, on their own terms. Vocalist/guitarist Billy Bisig (Elliott, Lords) and bassist Tony Ash (Coliseum, Nixon), frustrated with the demise or inactivity of some of their former projects and the directions in which some of the others were heading, got together and began writing and demoing numerous songs in their shared warehouse practice space over a particularly hot and humid Kentucky summer. Within a few short months, drummer Geoff Paton (Young Widows, Breather Resist) was enlisted as a full time member. Countless shows later, having won the praises of diverse and enthusiastic crowds both in their hometown and beyond, the then three-piece band found a kindred spirit in second guitarist and southern California transplant Elliott Turton. Many tours and whiskey shots later, shortly after the release of their debut full length, Old Scratch, on Milwaukee's Latest Flame Records, Turton left the band to devote his time and energy elsewhere, and was replaced by fellow miscreant Robby Scott (Christiansen, By the Grace of God). With their lineup firmly in place, the quartet has forged a highly distinctive sound, accentuated by Bisig and Scott's dual guitar interplay, calling to mind both the hook-laden riffs of Portland punk legends the Wipers and the heavy grind of stoner metal godfathers Kyuss, while displaying an obvious appreciation for classics such as ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin. The Wives' airtight rhythm section, a combination of Ash's gnarled, razor-sharp basslines and Paton's thunderous, Neanderthal drumming, owes a major debt to Touch and Go powerhouses the Jesus Lizard and Laughing Hyenas. These basic but essential ingredients, combined with Bisig's raspy vocal delivery, make up an overall sound that is simultaneously pummeling and inviting, explosive and subdued, always seemingly teetering on the threshold of chaos while maintaining a degree of unparalleled precision.
Billy Bisig: vocals, guitar. Robby Scott: guitar. Tony Ash: bass. Geoff Paton: drums.
released March 17, 2011
Billy Bisig: guitar, vocals. Tony Ash: bass guitar. Geoff Paton: drums. Robby Scott: guitar. *Eric McManus and Elliott Turton played drums and guitar, respectively, on this recording.