Monday, March 21, 2011

Noisebloid Interview with Trophy Wife



Trophy Wife is one of my favorite bands that play at Betty's. They are a three piece all girl noise-experimental-weird-I-hate-trying-to-describe-a-band's-sound-supersick group based out of Murfreesboro. Noisebloid interviews Jessica, Mary and Sarah so you can get to know these gals and book 'em in your town. And buy their what Thurston Moore described as "heavy" 7". And their EP. Links at the end of the interview!



Interviews:

MARY:


Who was the first celebrity you had a crush on?
charlie brown and rick schroder of Silver Spoons tie


What was your first cd?
i don't know .. i never had any money for that sort of thing - i listened to pop radio all the time: mostly from 1983 to 1996ish. My first concert was depech mode. my first cd might have been tori amos's little earthquakes, or jewel for that matter (I joined the BMG music club). I used to tape songs off of the radio, I remember specifically INXS. Also I listened to my brother's tapes of They Might be Giants all the time in junior high. Janet Jackson made a huge impact on me. The first time I ever stayed up all night was when I stayed at my best friend Amy's house and we choreographed our own Rhythm Nation.

What is your favorite song right now?
new order's age of consent is playing at the moment and I've rewinded a few times already to hear it again.

If you were the musical guest on snl who would be your dream host?
sarah silverman or sasha baron cohen

What are your pets names?
two grey tabby cats: Hoss and Fish


What is something about you that we would be surprised to hear?
beats me

Would you model for playboy and if so what month would you wanna be on the cover?
i like that "what month" is included here, but I wouldn't pose.

What is the astrological sign you've dated most?
I don't think they've ever been the same - oh wait - it's virgo 2x, first and current fellas.


Whats your favorite plant?
I have recently rekindled my love of plants and i'm growing a vegetable garden this year. I've only sowed flower gardens in the past, but my parents always had a modest veggie garden. I've been a long-time fan of the black-eyed susan flower, it grew wild in the woods near my house growing up.


Whats your favorite food?
Tabuleh's a fav. and lemons in all forms. and these cookies from the grocery-store bakery that were basically just sugar cookies, with a hint of lemon and a light frosting - fucking gooooood.


If you could live anywhere else where would it be? Hawaii. I'm nearly through watching the fourth season of Magnum P.I. and it looks pretty promising. Plus Roseanne Bar lives there.


What do you think about charlie sheen?
he's been hilarious lately!

What do you think about taylor swift?
i like to sing that song You Belong with Me. it's not easy - you need big lungs. The video sucks however and I don't agree with Kayne's interruption of Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV video awards, but I do agree with his opinion about Beyonce. Swift reminds me about the fact that Avril Lavenge's new song was stuck in my head all day yesterday - it's just such an anthem. Don't forget about Miley's Party in the U.S.A. though.

Whose your favorite person in the whole world? Robert F. Beckham


How long has trophy wife been around?
since the late fall of 2009


How'd it start?
sarah said to me on jessica's porch, "Do you wanna play music with me and my friend Lauren? We're called Trophy Wife." I said, "Yeah, I could do that."

SARAH:


Who was the first celebrity you had a crush on?

bill clinton. it started when i was like five and lasted for a really long time, like, def through the Lewinsky thing. in my house, it just felt really taboo to have a crush on bill clinton.

What was your first cd?
aquarium by aqua

What is your favorite song right now?
cod'ine by buffy sainte-marie, from her 1964 album, it's my way!

If you were the musical guest on snl who would be your dream host?

jim jarmusch.....he's a fox......or john waters.

What are your pets names?

i don't have pets. i'm a mean aunt to lazerslut's dogs.

What is something about you that we would be surprised to hear?

i wanna start an artists' retreat in the black hills of south dakota.

Would you model for playboy and if so what month would you wanna be on the cover?

If they give me enough money and let me do what I want. I've posed nude and semi-nude before, and it's not a big deal to me, as long as i have control. the art/porn debate doesn't mean much to me, either. i would def pose for them before suicide girls or most of these, like, alterna-porn sites/publications. i'd wanna do the november issue and play with/eat a big thanksgiving spread throughout the shoot. my friend and i were just talking about the euphemism "spit roast" the other day, so i might play with that idea.

What is the astrological sign you've dated most?

dating's usually a disaster. i sort of hangout/do projects with people, and then things come together or don't. i've been in the most relationships with pisces.

Whats your favorite plant?

venus fly trap...they're fun for kids.

Whats your favorite food?

sushi...and recently i ate Kitfo, an Ethiopian raw beef dish, and it was really great.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be?

I used to think i wanted to live in new york. i'd rather just have a base in nashville, then travel a lot and with purpose.

What do you think about charlie sheen?

i heard some witches performed a ceremony today to help him get his "shine" back. i hope it works out.

What do you think about taylor swift?

i didn't understand her attraction to jake gyllenhaal. if i were her, i think i would date much older men, exclusively.

Whose your favorite person in the whole world?

o, man. i don't really wanna be a buddy butt-licker, but there's not really one person. i'm a big fan of the dudes at high density headache, and my partners in private leisure industries. those are the people that i spend the most time with. if we didn't enjoy being around each other, nothing would get done. camille paglia keeps me pretty entertained, but we've never met. i keep her book, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, by my bed.


How long has trophy wife been around?

since fall of 2009.

How'd it start?

jessica and i had been playing together in a band with michael o'flinn (extreme teen bible), called party cop. the idea there was to create pop music that sounded really far away or buried, like the ghost of pop. that project sort of fizzled, but the premise was still in our heads....i was listening to bush tetras and y pants a lot around that time, which might have had some influence on whatever we started doing. jessica and i were playin with the most amazing century of science.....that's all really tight and orchestrated...so it was sort of like, let's try to do something where we're only limited by a lack of proficiency/training, trade-off on instruments, do something minimal/pop oriented. mary had just put out her first tape as i dress for recess, so it was like, yeah, this is us, this makes sense. lauren was with the band at the beginning....she's the one who named the band, and then she split to do cycles.

Jessica:


Who was the first celebrity you had a crush on?
Dean Stockwell

What was your first cd?
For most of my early life, Michael Jackson was my favorite artist. My first tape was Thriller, I believe and when I was in probably second or third grade I got the Dangerous cd. I came home from school one day and my dad had bought a cd player. I didn’t know what it was but he showed it to me and showed me the cds and then gave me Dangerous.

What is your favorite song right now?
I’ve been pretty obsessed with the entire Radiohead album “The Bends”. I love every song on it and think that they complement each other so well. . .I’ve seriously been listening to it for weeks. I also really LOVE “The Bug” by Jerry Dahlman and the Knightcaps – It’s the song in Hairspray that Tracy dances to when she gets out of jail – her answer to “The Roach”. It absolutely blew my mind and we do a cover of it that’s almost completely unrecognizable.

If you were the musical guest on snl who would be your dream host?
John Waters or Jane Lynch.

What are your pets names?
I have the two best dogs: Hosehead and Miss Kitty

What is something about you that we would be surprised to hear?
I was raised by not one, but TWO United Methodist Ministers

Would you model for playboy, and if so what month would you wanna be on the cover?
It’s definitely not on my to-do list, but if I were asked, hell yeah! They pay well for that, and if people want to look at my body, I’m totally cool with it. Also, I wouldn't care what month. . . whatever.

What is the astrological sign you've dated most?
I don’t think there has been any repetition, but my boyfriend is a Virgo and he’s the one I’ve been able to stand the longest – so, Virgo, I guess.

What’s your favorite plant?
Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa

What’s your favorite food?
Pizza! It’s basically my life. I mean, I work at a pizza place, I love pizza, I hope to one day own my own pizza place. . .You can put anything on it (pretty much) and there are so many varieties. . .I’m not sure I could ever get sick of it. I do love food – I want to be a chef. I love eating fancy stuff and having dinner parties, but pizza is the perfect food.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be?
Charleston, S.C. and I plan to be there in the next few years. It’s like a little paradise right in the southeast which I LOVE! We went there on tour in January and we had a whole day off, but it rained and it was just a bummer, but I’ve been on one other occasion and I think it’s just the best! It’s near the ocean and it’s VERY pedestrian and bike friendly. There are so many restaurants and they even have a food and wine festival every year – plus, they have some fine pizzerias and it seems like a good place to be in the culinary business and also, that town needs some shaking up. I kind of want to be the one to do it – and then spends hours on the beach with my dogs.

What do you think about Charlie Sheen?
A few months ago I probably wouldn’t have any opinion at all – aside from I can’t stand to watch his movies/or his hit tv show. However, his new weirdness is intriguing and I enjoy reading about what he’s getting into in the tabloid magazines we have at work.

What do you think about Taylor Swift?
I try not to.

Who’s your favorite person in the whole world?
I kind of hate that question because I’m really lucky to have great friends and family, I have a cool boyfriend who I love to spend time with and we have lots of fun. . .But I guess I’ll say my mom – she does fuckin’ rule!

How long has trophy wife been around?
We started playing together as Trophy Wife in the fall of 2009 (October I’m pretty sure) and we had our first show in in March 2010.

How'd it start?
I knew Mary from a place we both worked and also from our gang – “The Summer Crew” and I had recently started hanging out with Sarah more as we played together in MACOS and sometimes played with Michael O’Flinn in the short-lived Party Cop. Mary and I also played together briefly with Crucial Fag Bait. I met Lauren Plum through Sarah and the four of us were the original Trophy Wife from Murfreesboro, TN. We just all wanted to play music and we had been but hadn’t really done anything that lasted very long (aside from solo stuff -) and in MACOS it’s just a different kind of band. Most people we know in the Boro play in bands and stuff and there are just an overwhelming majority of dudes who think girls shouldn’t be in bands – especially with them – but we were lucky to know some cool, very supportive people, who helped us to come into it and it was and continues to be a blast!

Links:

Trophy Wife's label, where you can buy the TW EP:

http://privateleisure.org


A review of the EP:

http://www.7inches.blogspot.com/2011/03/trophy-wife-st-ep-on-private-leisure.html


Photographs by Rob Beckham

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