Enthusiasm is catching and if you stand close to Trophy Wives you will surely find yourself jumping and laughing in no time. From Providence, Rhode Island, Sam Boxold (vocals), Chris Piquette (vocals/guitar), Tyler Young (guitar), Travis Danforth (bass), and Mike Crawley (drums) are not just the band on the stage, they are there to party right along with you. Combining the best elements of pop and punk music leads to a fresh new sound that is capturing the attention and hearts of audiences everywhere.
Energy is first and foremost. In the beginning, all five artists were playing with different local bands. Since they performed at the same venues, it was a natural progression to form their own band based on the levels of commitment, excitement, and the pure energy in punk music they share. Transferring that spirit to the songs they write requires sleep. Though the artists agree that a song can never be perfect, Piquette explains, “We have our own studio where we recorded our first CD’s. We have the opportunity to endlessly change our songs. We can wake up in the morning and just redo anything we’ve already finalized and called done. There’s never a point that it’s done until it’s printed. Honestly it’s when we can all just listen, sleep on it, wake up the next day and say it sounds good”. Writer’s block is non-existent in Trophy Wives, because with five guys who write and a short turnaround time for demos, they have never run into a shortage of ideas. Add the passion each member feels for so many things and the song list grows exponentially.
Fans come to party and Trophy Wives does not disappoint them. Looking out over the crowd at their hometown show, they were inspired by familiar faces from their youth, and musicians they had followed and admired for years. Being a musician is not easy, but Piquette stated that, “(It) feels like nothing else to be up on a stage and share your thoughts with somebody. We all love it too much. We’re saps, we’ll tear up if you let us talk about it too much”. Indeed, Trophy Wives are music fans as well as musicians. Attending the Alternative Press Music Awards the night before the Cuyahoga Falls stop on Vans Warped Tour was a chance for them to be on the other side of the stage. They were as thrilled to see and hear their favorite artists as their fans are to see them.
Beware of the catchy hooks! Trophy Wives is featured on Warped Tour this year and has been attracting the most fun-loving, happy crowds I have ever seen. It has been an education in Tour Practice 101 and they are learning how to navigate the demands of driving, lack of sleep, and survival on the road. It is all worth it, because songs like “Threshold”, “Something to Believe In”, and “Pay Up!” have become my go-to music whenever I need a boost. Trophy Wives will never be just the band on the stage to me, but more the guys that bring the fun to any event. They will continue to bring the festive vibe at each stop on Warped Tour, music festivals, and headlining shows across the country. They are currently working on a full length album and will be posting regular updates on their social media sites.