Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Trophy Wife: Patience Fury

Written by Kate Wadkins
         Active Image                                Trophy Wife is metal, but they’re not your typical metal band; they’re a duo filled with heart and intention. Comprised of Katy Otto (formerly of Del Cielo and founder of Exotic Fever Records) and Diane Foglizzo, Trophy Wife has a dynamic  sound, pulling from punk and hardcore influences in both their delivery and their subject matter. To date, Trophy Wife’s releases include a tape on Otto’s label, Exotic Fever Records, and two live tracks on a women-centric compilation, Gimme Cooties. Finally, the band is getting the treatment they deserve with a full-length recording, Patience Fury, to be released by Durham-based 307 Knox Records this month. 

Trophy Wife is metal, but they’re not your typical metal band; they’re a duo filled with heart and intention. Comprised of Katy Otto (formerly of Del Cielo and founder of Exotic Fever Records) and Diane Foglizzo, Trophy Wife has a dynamic sound, pulling from punk and hardcore influences in both their delivery and their subject matter. To date, Trophy Wife’s releases include a tape on Otto’s label, Exotic Fever Records, and two live tracks on a women-centric compilation, Gimme Cooties. Finally, the band is getting the treatment they deserve with a full-length recording, Patience Fury, to be released by Durham-based 307 Knox Records this month.
 
Musically, Patience Fury appeals to my Black Sabbath fan sensibilities as well as fulfilling a lot of what I want out of good punk rock. Ideologically, it is rare that a metal band has a direct relationship to a feminist scene, or feminist politics, and Trophy Wife embodies that relationship. Otto and Foglizzo face each other when playing shows, building off of each other’s energy and connecting in a way that perhaps only two people can. They share personal stories with political ramifications and engage the audience in the conversation. As this is Foglizzo’s first band, Trophy Wife exemplifies creative openness that a DIY approach to music makes possible.

Patience Fury is challenging and experimental: the record, and the band, for that matter, doesn’t fit neatly into descriptions or genres. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this release is that you can hear both Otto and Foglizzo’s singing voices. While I knew these women shredded and could sustain mighty growls, PA systems at punk shows often don’t allow for hearing the details. Trophy Wife’s sweet, strong voices create a welcome tension when coupled with their heavy brand of melodic metal-y punk goodness.

“Sister Outsider” is an homage to feminist superhero Audre Lorde—the song’s title and lyrics are taken from her work. In “Four” and “Five,” Otto and Foglizzo seem to hit total synergy and the result is Fugazi-esque melodic riffs that crash into eventual breakdowns; the feeling of “falling apart” is palpable, but clearly intentional. “Repetition,” with its driving rhythm and haunting harmonies brings to mind the Breeders and even older-era Braid. Suffice it to say that listing off influences won’t give an accurate impression of this record; you need to hear it for yourself.

Trophy Wife is undeniable live, but Patience Fury is a necessary listen in order to get the full picture of what this band is capable of. Trophy Wife is careful about their content and musical choices, warranting careful attention from listeners; I hear something new every rotation. I’ve also begun catching myself drumming along with Otto’s parts, which is obviously always a good sign.

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