MisterWives Talk Upcoming Album, Panic! At The Disco Tour & 'Exceptional Artist' Chance the Rapper
MisterWives are not your ordinary pop band. Hints of reggae, soul and electronic elements in their work replace the pop cliches most artists tend to stick to. The indie-pop collective emerged on the music scene back in 2014 with their breakout single “Reflections” -- which hit at No. 1 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artist chart -- and have been on the ride of their lives ever since.
MisterWives -- a flip on “sister wives” -- began in 2012 after the group “met through various jobs and mutual friends” and connected musically after just one rehearsal together, lead singer Mandy Lee tells Billboard. Lee penned most of the songs featured on the group’s debut EP Reflections -- which was actually recorded in a closet -- before entering the now-six-member band. Since then, MisterWives have gone on to release their first studio album Our Own House, which peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 chart, and are gearing up to release their follow up album in 2017.
For their forthcoming album, MisterWives re-lived their childhood camp days by holding their own “band camp,” where instead of making bonfires and friendship bracelets, the group confined themselves to a home for extensive writing sessions. “We never had the chance to work on music that way because we’ve always been on tour and recording is such a rushed experience," Lee recalls.
Writing the new album allowed the group to push themselves far beyond their comfort zone, and forced them to explore new sounds. The New York natives don't shy away from blending other genres with their unconventional sound, as the new album will feature songs that “aren’t your typical pop structure,” with traces of rock, reggae, gospel and hip-hop appearing on the project. “I think it’s for sure our best work yet," Lee offers.
Gearing up for their 2017 Death of a Bachelor tour with Panic! at the Disco, MisterWives are bringing their do-it-yourself approach to the tour stage. Opting against paying stylists the "$5,000" they request to dress the band, MisterWives say they are weaving together their entire tour wardrobe from scratch, to "make the things we wear match the music and vibrant-y colorfulness of the kind of music and vibe we have — you can expect a lot of tulle and sequins."
The six-member clique recently covered “Same Drugs,” by Chance the Rapper -- an artist the group listens to quite frequently -- and their cover of the Coloring Book track caught the attention of Lil Chano himself, prompting him to tweet that the MisterWives "Same Drugs" rendition "made my heart smile".
This cover of same drugs made my heart smile. https://t.co/6zcxVDvH9I— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 26, 2016
“He does things his own way and doesn't care about the politics of the industry,", Lee says about the Chicago MC. “I think he’s leaving a different format for musicians in this generation, and people are seeing ‘Oh, you can do it yourself and be unique and be heard and still have a huge impact on the world and music.'”
Panic! at the Disco's Death of a Bachelor tour kicks off on February 24, 2017, with Saint Motel and MisterWives as supporting opening acts. "We're just super excited to get on the road, and we're so thankful that we get the chance to do an arena tour with bands like Saint Motel and Panic! at the Disco. We drank a lot to celebrate."
Check out the dates for the upcoming 35-city tour below.
Feb. 24 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
Feb, 25 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
Feb. 26 - Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena
Feb. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Events Center
March 2 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
March 4 - Worcester, MA, DCU Center
March 7 - Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
March 8 - Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
March 10 - Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
March 11 - Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
March 12 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
March 14 - Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
March 15 - Omaha, NE, Baxter Arena
March 17 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
March 18 - Orem, UT, UCCU Center
March 19 - Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
March 21 - Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
March 22 - Portland, OR, Moda Center
March 24 - Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 25 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
March 26 - San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
March 28 - Inglewood, CA, The Forum
March 29 - Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 31 - Allen, TX, Allen Event Center
April 1 Houston, TX, Toyota Center
April 2 - Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
April 4 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
April 5 - Saint Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
April 7 - Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
April 8 - Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
April 9 - Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
April 11 - Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
April 12 - Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Center
April 14 - Orlando, FL, Amway Center
April 15 - Sunrise, FLBB&T Center