Charity Swales

Dream Wife @ The Magnet

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The music scene in 2017 has never been better for female musicians, who have had the flexibility to take control of their own creative spaces; eccentric pop fairy Grimes is the vessel of her music, producing, writing and mixing her own music, and female led bands such as Wolf Alice, Cherry Glazerr, The Big Moon and Black Honey, are on the rise.One part Icelandic to two parts British, Alice Go, Rakel Mjoll and Bella Podapec created Dream Wife as an art project, in which they formed a “fake girl band” as an art project for the gallery magazine. Luckily, the reaction to their music meant fiction became fact and they’ve released an array of fierce singles such as Hey Heartbreaker and Somebody.

Last Thursday, the trio made The Magnet their ‘bad bitches club’ for their double headline slot with Norwegian band Sløtface and with support from Chester natives Peaness, (who, by the way got the bus to the gig- now that’s dedication!) Dream Wife stride onto the stage with unabashed confidence, with an air of free-wheeling liberation. As guitarist Alice Go rips into the first track, riff heavy Hey Heartbreaker, frontwoman Rakel Mjöll entices and disconcerts the audience with her battleaxe Lolita vibe, undoubtedly one of the most energetic and fervent performers I have seen all year. With echoes of the 90’s Riot Grrrl movement, the band seem to have the spirit of Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna instilled within them.

Singing “I used to be your Lolita” from the track of the same name, Mjöll’s voice is like a sour bon bon, appearing sweet on the surface, but with an kick of acidity. Go and Podapec’s playing is tight, and the three gel exceptionally well together, each member equally as impressive as the other. Kids echoes a strong influence of Le Tigre, whilst latest single Somebody takes on the male gaze as Mjöll blurts out in Staccato style vocals “I am not my body, I am somebody”, an issue that seems to be the at the headstone of the trio’s concerns.

I witnessed Dream Wife back in May at FestEVOL and it’s impressive just how much they have progressed since then, as they seem to mould into the stage of The Magnet; from the minute they prowled on, they owned it.

Check out the video for ‘Fire’ below.

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