Dream Wife stream their debut album
London-based and British/Icelandic born punk rock trio Dream Wife will release their long-awaited self-titled debut album next week, but starting today you can stream the record early courtesy of NPR First Listen.
Since forming in 2015 as a college art school project, Dream Wife chose their name as commentary on society's objectification of women. With their debut album they come out armed with strong messages of empowerment backed by their live shows where inclusivity is not only encouraged, but required.
The band came together while they were studying at Brighton University in the U.K., with roommates Rakel – who was born in Iceland and raised in California – and Bella deciding they needed to enlist hotshot guitarist Alice while a few Jägerbombs deep on an indie disco dance-floor. Alice responded to the pair's Facebook message instantly and the dayglo world of Dream Wife was born.
Initially formed as part of a performance art project, and a way to obtain their dream trip to Canada, they quickly realized that their chemistry was too powerful for them just to be a one time thing. They took themselves out on the road under their own steam, and started touring with only four songs and without a booking agent, promoter or a tour manager.
The band chose Dream Wife for its wordplay, not from the 1953 Hollywood rom-com which none of them had ever seen, and for its wry nod to their feminist politics. "It's a commentary on the objectification of women; the 1950s American Dream stereotype package. Having the dream house, the dream car and the dream wife," they explain.
"We want to flip the script on that. Women aren't objects; we don't just fit into one mold. At the start, we joked around calling each other our wives, but by supporting one another, celebrating achievements together and finding strength in female solidarity we're reclaiming the concept of a 'wife.' Being in a band is a marriage in itself."
When it comes to their sound, Dream Wife worships at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings.
Alice is convinced the group's drive and dedication comes from the fact they're all fire symbols. "We're a power trio," she says. "There's a crazy energy between us." Bella is in agreement; "It is magic when we're together."
Here are Dream Wife's UK tour dates:
26 Januray - London, Sebright Arms
29 Januray - London, Rough Trade East
15 February - London, Jazz Cafe
20 March - Bristol, The Exchange
21 March - London, Heaven
23 March - Glasgow, Stereo
24 March - Manchester, The Deaf Institute
25 March - Dublin, Workmans Club
Dream Wife's debut self-titled album is available for pre-order and stream now.
Photo credit: Joanna Kiely