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Thursday 18 October 2018

Dream Wife Offer Brighton Support Slot With A Difference Where Inclusivity Is Both Encouraged & Required

Dream Wife came together while they were studying at Brighton University, initially intended as a performance art piece and a way for the trio to obtain a dream trip to Canada.
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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."

They quickly realised that their chemistry was too powerful for them just to be a one-time thing, so 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 three piece - who consist of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals) - released their debut self-titled album earlier this year and have announced a refreshing approach to securing support slots for their current tour.

Earlier this summer they announced a support slot open call for women & non-binary artists in select cities across their international tour. 


They received over four hundred submissions and in collaboration with non-profit organisation Girls Rock London, this open call doubles down on the band's mission to smash society's objectification of women, and aims to take Dream Wife's already fierce live shows - where inclusivity is not only encouraged, but required - to the next level.

"One of the best things about touring is getting to meet, exchange ideas with, and play music alongside kickass bands from all over the world. 

"For our autumn headline tour dates we are calling for women/non-binary artists to come share their music, thoughts, the night and a stage with us.

"Gender diversity in the music industry is still an issue and the aim is to provide a platform for women/NB musicians regardless of experience, financial backing, number of online followers etc

"If you've got rock 'n' roll in your soul, if you've got something to say; we want to hear from you."

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. 

Dream Wife play Concorde 2 Brighton - with support from ARXX - on Tuesday 30th October 2018. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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