Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Union Transfer
By Marc Snitzer
Diane Foglizzo and Katy Otto say they play music to survive. That sounds about right, listening to last summer’s Sing What Scares You (Exotic Fever); it’s all the lethal doses of feral hunger and sludgy, riff-heavy fever dreams summoned alone from a guitar and drum kit. But behind Trophy Wife’s rhythmic cacophonies are Foglizzo and Otto’s bold leftist politics — queer and feminist proclamations that sound less like soapbox mutterings and more like a life-or-death list of demands: “It was not for your eyes to see/ In my bones I just want peace/ But in this world I will be me.” Trophy Wife excels in these bursts of anger and for every dig-your-nails-into-the-dirt moment comes one of equally quiet satisfaction. There’s danger in baring your teeth. But there’s also beauty.
With Pissed Jeans and Purling Hiss.