Photography by: Joanna Kiely
Witches and warlocks of the world; unite! Your band is here. For with Dream Wife’s self-titled debut comes a document of pristine college rock that takes on femininity and patriarchy through the visceral lens of The Cure, The Breeders and Slowdive. Their debut served up some of 2018’s catchiest tunes so far, and has catapulted the trio to the audience they deserve.
Currently in transit from the Australian leg of their tour, I spoke to the group about all that has come so far, and what’s to imminently come.
Cal Cashin: Where are you from originally, and why did you move to London?
Dream Wife: Originally, Rakel is from Iceland, and Bella and Alice came from the English countryside. We all joined forces as a trio at art school in Brighton. Once we had all graduated from uni, we felt this quite natural pull to London. It just made sense, so the Wives moved to town. Bella and Rakel were living together at the time, but kind of randomly. Alice and Bella had know each other before moving to Brighton, so we all mixed up at uni parties of the time, and ended up connected as a power trio through sweet music. Yet again, it's kind of another thing that just made sense and we didn't question it too much at the time.
CC: Do you feel like living here has affected your sound?
DW: It's definitely been an empowering thing to feel surrounded by inspirational friends and creatives in London that you know support you and your vision, as you do theirs. We've been able to grow together, feeling confident in our output, through that sense of community we feel as a London based band.
CC: What was making you mad when you wrote ‘F.U.U’?
DW: [Laughs] It's actually just about a haircut.
CC: How are you feeling about your debut album, ‘Dream Wife’? It seems to have gone down a treat.
Above: Dream Wife with their latest single, 'Hey, Heartbreaker'
When we play ['Somebody'] live, Rakel calls the girls to the front, saying ‘Bad bitches, claim your space.’ When you are on this level with everyone in that room and there are all these incredible women at the front singing, “I am not my body, I’m somebody” together, it feels empowering.
CC: What are your non-musical influences?
DW: It's hard to summarise! We are three visual artists, as well as musicians, so there is a wide range of non-musical influence in the melting pot, but let's start with these three things for now:
1. David Lynch's powerful women.
2. The amazing collaborators we have had the pleasure of working with throughout this project.
3. Everyone that comes down to our rock shows and stands together, dancing, sweating and screaming.
CC: And what inspires your lyrics?
DW: The voices of our friends and other women surrounding us. [Our lyrics are] stories about what we know, what we experience as women, what we feel as people, here and now, with a tinge of nostalgia.
CC: Tell me about the song ‘Somebody’ and the feminist undertones to it.
DW: It's a ballad for women. It’s about reclamation of identity, solidarity and strength through the sharing of voices. When we play it live, Rakel calls the girls to the front, saying ‘Bad bitches, claim your space.’ When you are on this level with everyone in that room and there are all these incredible women at the front singing, “I am not my body, I’m somebody” together, it feels empowering.
CC: You’ve just come back from Australia. How was it?
DW: A total dream! We were playing Laneway Festival, and all the bands playing were traveling around Australia together. We all said it was like summer camp. To take our music out there, to somewhere so far from London, and people totally get your message and support that? It was amazing.
CC: What are your hopes for the future of Dream Wife?
DW: To continue to flip the script, and rock it while we’re at it.
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