In 2015, Nicole (bass/vocals), Natasha (drums/vocals), and Greg (guitar/vocals) pooled their collective music experience in performance, promotion, and journalism and wrote a batch of demos – 2016’s self-released Electric Blizzard EP. Wife Patrol then took to the stage, performing throughout the Midwest, including at LadyFest Cincinnati (2017) and the MidWay Music Festival (2017, 2019) in Bloomington, Indiana. By 2017, the band earned recognition for delivering one of the top performances of WFYI’s Small Studio Sessions on Indianapolis’s NPR/PBS syndicated station.
Live shows range from Sabbath-esque riffage to Mazzy Star sweetness, while the group’s tight chemistry keeps everything identifiably its own. Their performances caught the attention of recording engineer/producer Paul Mahern, with whom the band recorded the Orange EP, which was released in September of 2018.
Wife Patrol’s debut LP Too Prickly For This World was released in September of 2020 on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. The band recorded and mixed the 11-track album with their producer P. David Hazel (The Lemonheads, Extra Blue Kind, Bullet Points) throughout 2019. Marked as “instantly catchy alt-rock with streaks of punk, new wave, and metal, overlaid with Bangles-esque harmonies” by Bandcamp (New and Notable, August 2020), the LP glides effortlessly between as many genres as it does vocalists. With touchstones in punk, pop, and metal – and vocal harmonies throughout – the record explores everything from power structures, toxic culture, and friendship, to the hellish winter weather phenomena of the Great Plains.