Trophy Wife: Singing What Scares Them.
When trying to compare themselves to a fictional duo, singer/drummer Katy Otto and singer/guitarist Diane Foglizzo of Trophy Wife find similarities to the comedic Muppet duo Bert and Ernie.
“They’re really good friends but they’re really different and sometimes they need time apart,” says Foglizzo, the dark-haired member of the band. “But they love each other.”
If the fictional roommates traded in their Sesame Street residence for a Fishtown apartment, got matching tattoos and tackled some heavier issues in their sing-alongs, the comparison would gain some strength.
In July, Trophy Wife released its nine-track sophomore album, Sing What Scares You.
“Confronting self-doubt is kind of where the title comes from,” Foglizzo says. “It’s about finding ways to heal yourself in a really destructive society and then also sharing that sense of doubt and fear, and maybe hoping that other people don’t feel so alone.”
The album comes two years after the band’s debut full-length, Patience Fury. With their newest release, the two tried to expand from doing just harmonies or solo singing to having different parts that overlap, along with call and response lyrics. More imagery was used in the writing to describe more, as opposed to just telling.
“Katy had some vocals on the first record but I really think on this record, she challenged herself to be as much of a vocalist in the band as I am,” Foglizzo says. “The first record was very personal but it felt a little more big picture. I think a lot of the songs on the new record really come from a lot of shit we experienced.”
The two lived apart a year during the writing of Sing What Scares You. Foglizzo lived in North Carolina while Otto remained in Philly before they reunited as Fishtown roommates.
“At first we we were like, ‘This is amazing. We can practice in our living room all the time,’” Foglizzo says. “But then it got hard and we went through some hard times where it just felt like too much.”
They recently moved all their practice gear to a space at the Girls Rock Philly headquarters, where Foglizzo works as the first paid, full-time staff person and program director.
“The instruments don’t stare us in the face, being mad at us when we don’t play for a while,” says Otto, who works for the Service Women’s Action Network and New Paradise Laboratories. “Our band is part of our life, so it’s not agenda and goal-oriented as maybe some other people’s bands. But we take it seriously and understand how to make it have sustainability.”
They are considering doing a home recording for their next release, which they are already in the process of writing.
“I like things that confuse me musically,” Otto says. “I realized lately that stuff I can’t really put my finger on, that’s where I want to go.”