Emerging Artists #12 – Trophy Wife

October 25, 2010 by  

Ever since it was announced by Moshi Moshi a couple of weeks back, Foals’ new bezzie mates, Trophy Wife, début single Microlite has popped up on the radar of any music blog worth its salt. To add to the attention, the band, who have only just played their debut London show, already find themselves booked on fellow Oxford pals Foals’ November tour. So before the hype engulfs them we got the trio to introduce themselves…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

We all grew up in Oxford and joined our first bands here when we were in our teens. About six years ago Jody joined Kit’s post rock band under the illusion that he was a female drummer. We met in a cafe and then went to Kit’s garage and made slow core instrumentals.

How did decide on your sound/direction, and what was behind the decision?

We’d come home late to where we were living at the time- a large house that was a constant cacophany of music and activity- consumed with a desire to play the music we wished we’d been able to hear when we were out. Things grew very naturally, we set out to create dance music with an emphasis on more traditional songcraft.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

We like the idea of combining sampling and electronics with conventional song structures. Aside from synths and guitars we’ve been creating percussion tracks using a hand made electric drum kit and glockenspiels. Recently we’ve been recording funk guitar lines on mandolin.

Where your first show and what was was it like?

Our first show was in the seaside idyll of Southampton. It was the moment where we would find out whether our live concept was either going to work or not. Thankfully it went quite well.

What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was that like?

We played a headline set the other night for the first time and it felt really liberating. It was a lot of fun for us.

How do you get around when you’re touring?

We’re hiring a ford torneo for our forthcoming tour. A good friend of ours from Paris is going to be our chauffeur. In the past we’ve used a multitude of splitters and old royal mail vans.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

Recently, between the three of us, we’ve been listening to Studio, Dirty Projectors, Teeth, Pet Moon, Chad Valley, Billie Holliday, Grace Jones, Parliament and Hope Sandoval.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

Things are so up in the air it’s impossible to say. The balance of power is shifting and, artistically, it’s possible to maintain a lot more control than ever before. Everything is more transparent than it used to be.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

You can expect a thumping beat, disco lights, lots of wires and a fender stratocaster. We want to turn the intimacy of our recorded music into something balearic that people can dance to.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

The Monks

Final question, what’s coming up next for the band?

We’re going to be out on tour with Foals in November and our debut single comes out on the 8th which we’ll be celebrating at London Elektrowerkz the following night.

Tophy Wife@Myspace


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