Listening to Dream Wife is like looking through a kaleidoscope.
They manage to merge a distinct group of contrasting influences into one integrated style. The political pop-punk band center their sound around feminism-their name plays off of the sexist ‘50s notion of womanhood and their songs expound on those concepts even further. The three members, Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals), met while studying at Brighton University in the UK. In 2015 the trio came together for a performance art project and instantly hit it off. They extended their magical one-night-artistic-stand and took to the road with four songs. Ever since, they have championed the same determined and DIY attitude in their debut self-titled album, which was released this past January, and in their revolutionary live shows. Check out their tour diary below!
The ladies of Dream Wife also put together a playlist of anthems that get them pumped up while touring. Check out their exclusive curation here!
Madonna – “Music:” This was the song we were actually driving around and freaking out to in the car when we were shooting our video for Fire.
Blondie – “One Way or Another:” We love Debbie forever, also we have started playing a high energy condensed version of this song in the middle of our live set. It’s a little bit different to the original.
Le Tigre – “Deceptacon:” This banger has been a staple of our DJ sets for the longest time, JD and Kathleen know how to keep it pumping. It’s a super fun track and always a good time when it plays.
Wheetus – “Teenage Dirtbag:” This has been our walk on song at recent shows and it’s amazing to walk out to the whole crowd just going for it with Dirtbag, really screaming the words like they mean everything, we are too, backstage. It sets a vibe and limbers everyone up for the rock show.
Dua Lipa – “New Rules:” this is a modern pop classic, we need new Rules. We also did a rendition of this on radio 1 recently, it was really fun to play. It’s an empowering track for women.
Suzi Wu – “Teenage Witch:” Suzi is a friend of ours from London, who totally has her own thang going on. She’s fresh, funky, and can really spit a rhyme.
Whenyoung – “Pretty Pure:” Whenyoung recently came with us on our UK and Ireland album tour, they are definitely new friends and ones to watch.
Shame – “One Rizzla:” Earlier this year we played Laneway Festival in Australia and spent two weeks touring around the country with Shame (and other amazing bands.) They were sweet boys and really give their live shows everything, exciting stuff.
Girli – “Not That Girl:” Girli is one of our faves, total badass and absolute sweetheart at the same time. We had a good time remixing NTG last year.
Sunflower Bean – “I Was a Fool:” This band are special, they have this retro quality but sound so fresh. They just released their album Twentytwo in Blue which is a complete gem.