After picking up her first instrument at age 6, Wallice started writing songs in middle school and later played in her high school band, inspired by the lyricism of Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey and the punky irreverence of Weezer and No Doubt. She also modelled and acted (once appearing in an episode of Frasier) throughout adolescence, with her former actress mother supporting all creative pursuits. A proud college dropout, she attended the New School in New York City for Jazz Vocal performance for a year before moving back to California and connecting with childhood friend marinelli, who helped her hone the wistful indie pop style that led to her rise. A breakout 2021 culminated in the release of her debut EP Off the Rails, her signing to Dirty Hit, her first sold-out headline shows and support tours.
The indie pop wunderkind has swiftly become one of Gen Z’s most exciting new voices, known for her tongue-in-cheek, self-effacing anthems. The EP opens with ‘Little League’, which is effectively our icon’s origin story, shining a light on her cut-throat competitiveness which started in junior baseball. Previous single and title track ‘90s American Superstar’ shows our character at the height of her fame, resenting her lacklustre musician partner with classic refrains like “stop being so damn dramatic, you just got dropped from Atlantic”. On ‘Rich Wallice’, she pines for her future cashed-up self, a wry take on the darker side of success; ‘I just want more money, I just want more stuff’. The EP moves onto its big ‘blowout’ moment, ‘John Wayne’, on which our anti-hero’s instability peaks. This is celebrity Wallice at her Tom-cruise-jumping-on Oprah’s-sofa moment. The unravelling is captured perfectly via the raucous track, which was recorded live with a full band. With ‘Funeral’, the EP and its delusions come to a natural end.