TROPHY WIFE: Self-titled: 7”

Sep 23, 2011

This is a three-piece, all-female outfit from Tennessee whose aim is neither to be cute or heartfelt. The one sheet claims they take influence from “Spector-era girl groups” (which can be heard, vaguely, in the vocal delivery), but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for something like the Vivian Girls or Hunx And His Punx. The band toys around a lot with negative space—completely deconstructing songs until they essentially lack any sort of countable rhythm—and filling in the space with shrill, reverb-laden vocal tracks and awkward stereo panning. The end result is something like a punk rock version of Paul Giovanni’s Wicker Man soundtrack. The record is so strange and unnatural that it takes several listens to grow accustomed to, but in the end it’s definitely worth the time you spend with it.

 –Ian Wise (Private Leisure Industries,