Trophy Husband’s lead vocalist Emma Buehrer ‘24 and bassist Josie Hovis ‘23 performing at Battle of the Bands.
Trophy Husband performing for the Battle of the Bands audience. Photo Credit Joe Claire

Campbell Walker’25 (She/Her)

Arts and Culture Editor Campbell Walker ‘25 interviews members of the band Trophy Husband: Emma Buehrer ‘24, Cece Woo ‘24, and Kate Spencer ‘24. 

The Davidsonian

Can you introduce yourselves and your roles in the band?

Emma Buehrer: 

I’m Emma Buehrer, and I’m the vocalist for Trophy Husband.

Cece Woo: 

I am Cece Woo, and I’m on the electric guitar.

Kate Spencer: 

I’m Kate, and I’m on drumset.

TD

How did you guys meet, and why did you decide to form a band?

EB:

Last semester, Cece and I were talking about forming a band when we were in Nummit. After talking for a while, we decided to reach out to other female musicians. I had heard through a friend that Kate plays the drums, but we didn’t really know each other personally. Then I heard that Josie [Hovis ‘23] plays bass, and so I reached out to her the same day. My roommate [Daisy Hoover ‘24] plays keyboard and had been in a band in high school, so she immediately wanted to be a part of it.

TD: 

How did you come up with the name “Trophy Husband”? 

CW: 

After we had found the members of the band, we were wasting time in Nummit once again, and we were running through band names. We put random words into a band name generator online.

EB: 

I think we wanted to be kind of cheeky about being a non male band, since there wasn’t one on campus up to that point. 

CW: 

And you hear “trophy wife” a lot, and we wanted to own that. Later we were like, “Why not Trophy Husband?” We just really wanted it to be a name that was something that we could reclaim as non males and was empowering. We want it to be empowering for other gender minorities and females on campus. 

TD: 

What were your reactions to Battle of the Bands?

EB: 

I was so overwhelmed, but in a good way. I was really nervous going into it because, to our knowledge, we were one of the newest bands on campus, and we’d never performed before.

CW: 

Yeah, no one had ever heard us play. Other bands had done gigs before or had just been around for longer. Some people knew about us because our friends like to talk. They had never heard us play.

EB: 

I definitely did not expect the amount of support that we got. It’s honestly been really crazy, and we’ve just been really grateful and encouraged by it.

KS: 

The crowd was not how I could have ever imagined. It was so energetic. It was so fun and everyone was dancing. It was the most fun musical performance I’ve ever done. 

TD: 

Do you guys write your own songs, or do you mostly perform covers?

EB: 

Right now, we’re just doing covers. We’re all going abroad, but when we come back I’d like to write original songs. We’ve been focusing on a lot of songs written by other girl bands, but not really limiting ourselves to just that. We’ve played songs by The Strokes, Olivia Rodrigo, The Regrettes, and even Joanna and the Jets. We’ve got a really wide range, so we wanted to make sure we were playing music that we were individually obsessed with.

TD: 

Do you have a favorite song to perform?

KS: 

Mine was “Celebrity Skin” by Hole. I had never really heard it before, but it’s actually super badass. We all kind of went into the band leaning towards a lot of pop and indie music, but I think everyone ended up really loving playing rock music. 

EB: 

“Celebrity Skin” was awesome. Josie sang that, and she just killed it like on every level.

CW:

My favorite guitar was probably “Toxic” by Britney Spears. It was so fun to play, and it’s not super difficult. The fact that it’s so well known, and you just play that first chord and everyone recognizes it was really fun.

EB: 

I think “Toxic” was also my favorite. When we played it live, the crowd matched our energy, which was so cool to see.

TD:

Do you have anything upcoming?

EB: 

We’re trying to play at Nummit in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully in the beginning of May or end of April, we’re going to play on a Friday night.

You can find Trophy Husband on instagram @trophyhusband_theband.

Campbell Walker ‘25 (she/her) is an intended neuroscience major from Dallas, TX. She can be reached for comment at cawalker1@davidson.edu.