Trophy Dad Can’t Be Your Man Anymore On “Addison”

The latest single from the Wisconsin group’s Dogman EP describes a toxic relationship, and all the anxiety that comes with breaking it off.

April 05, 2017
Trophy Dad Can’t Be Your Man Anymore On “Addison” Trophy Dad   photo by Morgan Winston

Trophy Dad started in a Madison, WI dorm room, but these days it’s less of an undergrad hobby than a genuine indie rock up-and-comer. Since their 2014 debut, the duo-turned-four-piece has opened for names like Frankie Cosmos and Car Seat Headrest, but this year will see them headlining their own tour to promote their upcoming sophomore EP. “Addison,” the latest track to be released off of Dogman, premieres today on The FADER.


On "Addison," Trophy Dad frontwoman Abby Sherman describes the border between codependency and manipulation, candidly delivering lines like, "I am wrapped inside your skin/ Won’t you gouge out my eyes with your thumbs?/ Let’s stay in." It’s gruesome and intensely physical, sentiments that are underscored by the instrumentation — the chord progressions on "Addison" fall down and get back up in turns, and the percussion paces itself in violent, punchy fits.

"'Addison' is an older song, one that we’ve been working on as a band since fall 2015," Trophy Dad explained to The FADER in an email. “I wrote it while deliberating over how to say goodbye to people who have had a sort of toxic influence in your life, while also realizing that you don’t necessarily want to leave these people, and that you’re definitely not without fault. It’s also about attempting to cope, often using not-so-healthy methods, with increasingly unmanageable anxiety: the type of anxiety that narrows your vision and guides your thoughts into nonsensical spirals.”

Tour Dates

5/10 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
5/11 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
5/12 - Bloomington, IN @ TBA
5/13 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
5/15 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/16 - Washington, DC @ Bathtub Republic
5/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
5/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
5/19 - Cambridge, MA @ The Lilypad (early show)
5/19 - Boston, MA @ Make Out Point
5/22 - Detroit, MI @ TBA

Trophy Dad Can’t Be Your Man Anymore On “Addison”