Sound Advice: MisterWives with The Greeting Committee (June 27)

Pop party group MisterWives plays Bogart’s.

click to enlarge MisterWives - Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews
Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews
In a relatively brief five-year span, New York-based MisterWives has compiled a press kit filled with impressive accomplishments. The band got its start in 2012 when lead vocalist Mandy Lee was looking for an ’80s cover band to play her 18th birthday party and decided to form one rather than hire one. Lee started with percussionist Etienne Bowler and bassist William Hehir and eventually brought in guitarist Marc Campbell and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Blum to round out the band (saxophonist Mike Murphy would join later). Within a year of their formation, MisterWives — a variation on the polygamist phrase “sister wives” — played their first NYC show, which was attended by their future managers and booking agent. Two days later, the band signed with Photo Finish Records — a rep from the label had been at the show as well.

It’s easy to see why the label was excited by MisterWives. Lee effectively combines her pure love of ’80s Pop with contemporary touchstones like Sia and Lorde and the twin personae of Gwen Stefani (the hiccuppy Indie Rock energy of No Doubt and the Dance/Hip Hop/Pop glitter-ball bounce of her solo work). The band’s debut EP, Reflections, generated almost universally promising reviews and impressive sales of over 20,000 copies.

In the wake of the solid buzz for the EP, MisterWives scored a plum opening gig for Twenty One Pilots on their world tour, MTV tapped their track “Vagabond” to serve as the theme song for its teen drama Finding Carter and the band played to a national audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

The following year, MisterWives dropped their debut full-length, Our Own House, which led to being featured on Kia Motors’ web series Rediscovered, where they sang the Hall & Oates hit “Out of Touch” with John Oates. The group also played fests like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, while opening for the likes of Walk the Moon and Bleachers, among many others. The band’s second album of heart-punch Indie Pop majesty, Connect the Dots, was released last month.

Tighten the laces of your dancing shoes; MisterWives won’t stop until you’re barefoot and breathless. 

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