What Made Milwaukee Famous (WMMF) is an indie powerpop rock band from Austin, Texas, currently composed of Michael Kingcaid (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Farmer (bass, vocals), Jeremy Bruch (drums, vocals), and Jason Davis (guitar, vocals). Co-founding member Drew Patrizi (keyboards, vocals, guitar) left the band in 2009 to form "Trumpeter Swan" when he relocated to NYC. In 2005, WMMF achieved a rare distinction of being one of very few unsigned bands to perform on Austin City Limits on the heels of their self-released debut album Trying Never to Catch Up. In 2006, the band signed with Barsuk Records, which re-released their first album. What Doesn't Kill Us, their second album, was released on March 4, 2008, the same release date as Warpaint. After their 2008 tour in support of the album, the band started work on its third album, which Kingcaid had said was likely to be their best work to date. Unfortunately, a shitstorm of life hit the band as almost all of the members moved away from Austin. Kingcaid continued persevering though, and almost five years after their second album, he self-released the third album You Can't Fall Off The Floor in January 2013.
While the band's name was inspired by the Jerry Lee Lewis song "What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)," the name was chosen because it was the most agreeable of the five original band members after they were given a list of suggested names and each member independently gave a "yes" or "no" vote to each proposed band name.
WMMF has played at the South by Southwest music festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival, and Lollapalooza. They have opened for The Smashing Pumpkins, The Arcade Fire, Dr. Dog, The Black Keys, and Snow Patrol. WMMF has been featured on spots within bands-to-watch lists for SPIN.com, Billboard, and Rolling Stone. Likewise, the band was an immediate favorite of Edward Motley, partly because he attended high school with Drew Patrizi.