What Made Milwaukee Famous ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

What Made Milwaukee Famous


With their “elegant pop” (Billboard), intelligent humor and electronic-fused choruses, What Made Milwaukee Famous has “swiftly become one of Austin’s best indie rock bands, deftly balancing melody with muscle” (Austin Chronicle).

The four-piece mixes distorted vocals, pop sensibilities and raucous rock to form a unique sound that, since their 2005 SXSW performance, has critics buzzing about them being the next big thing. Both Billboard and Rolling Stone list them as a new band to watch and Mundane Sounds wrote WMMF “sounds like everything you probably like and nothing you’ve ever heard.”

What Made Milwaukee Famous’ debut release, Trying to Never Catch Up, has received critical praise and has given the band an ever-increasing fanbase. Silent Uproar wrote that with Trying to Never Catch Up, “WMMF blends Death Cab for Cutie /John Vanderslice rock with the swagger of Austin counterparts Spoon. The result is a delightful and dynamic 11 track venture that is experimental and varied yet familiar and accessible. Genres merge from power-pop, to surf rock, to retro revival rock, but never settle on one long enough to pigeonhole the group.”