Dream Wife are a very talented entertaining trio consisting of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). They hail from Brighton, London, and Reykjavik. The Dream Wife name comes from a 1953 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
They were studying fine art and visual art at college in Brighton and they had the concept of forming a “fake girl band” as an art project for a gallery exhibition. So they wrote a few songs, recorded them, made a mockumentary inspired by Spinal Tap, and performed at the opening of the exhibition. And the rest as they say is history.
The pop punk trio – Alice, Bella & Rakel – Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that’s when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Aimed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.
Time for a tour of their amazing musical catalog, which considering how short a time span they have been a band is pretty amazing. The toughest part deciding what to include. So, lets listen to the music.
I’m just loving this recent single release. Full of bounce and fuzzy guitars. Smacks of the 80’s and 90’s but still very much 21st century. This one really rocks.
Directed, shot and edited by John Podpadec. Make up and hair by Jender Anomie. Assistant Camera by Bethany Fitter. Assistant Lighting by Molly Denton. S16mm processing by Cinelab London. Filmed in Wedmore, Somerset
Wow! This is a great video of Dream Wife at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Recorded November 6, 2016. These KEXP videos are always spot on,
and this band too. With just a tinge of the B52’s without the male voice. Great guitar again, all in all an awesome experience.
Host: Cheryl Waters & Kevin Cole
Audio Recording & Mixing: Kevin Suggs & Matt Ogaz
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Director & Editor: Scott Holpainen
This is from earlier last year, the whole group looking Pretty in Pink. But still making their great style of music. Not trying to send a message just pure punk/pop/rock music. Why are they not in the charts?
Directed, shot & edited by Aidan Zamiri, Styled by Paolina Alexandra Russo. Make up and hair by Olivia Sonia Pudelko. Assisted by Isabella Holder. Graphics by Lewis. Garments made by students of Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central St Martins. Shot at Central St Martins.
An exhilarating live performance at the Moth Club, Hackney, featuring Fever Dream. This was a few months ago and this one captures all sorts of youthful angst. I’m sure you can guess what FUU means, and if not you’ll soon find out. This is a band with balls in the Ian Dury tradition. The Moth Club never existed in Hackney when I was in that area, I guess I was before the times. Love this track.
Shot at Moth Club at the best night ever with the best friends!
Last one for the day.
Friday night and the lights are low, Dream Wife are the kids to know. With their fittest friends in tow, the Icelandic-English trio descend on their favorite London basement venue with studs in their leather and a twinkle in their eyes. Decked out in MCM’s punk-infused, i-D-inspired new collection, it’s all colored eyes, dog collars and glitter; hearts will race, hair will fly, and the night never has to end if you don’t want it to.
Another great track featuring Young Karin
Director Lucy Luscombe
Producer Jack Robinson
Director of Photography Adam Scarth
Steadicam Andrew M. Fletcher
Art Director Sophie Durham
As a parting gift let me share their first EP with you, something for the afternoon.