Perhaps one of the only bands with origins in both Brighton and Iceland, the all-female indie/punk trio Dream Wife have built a name for themselves with their impressive live shows and powerful messages.
Informed by classic bands like The Slits and Bikini Kill, Dream Wife have a unique, modern take on socially aware rock music.
Their eponymous debut album is a powerful and empowering set that covers themes ranging from music industry victim blaming to celebrating female sexuality.
Lead singer Rakel Mjöll’s performance is unique and incredible, with an impressive range that lets her switch up between gentle and furious in a split second.
Opening track, Let’s Make Out, sees her going from siren-like curdles in the chorus to a playful, almost conversational singing style in the verse.
The wonderfully expletive-filled punk jam F.U.U. sees her charisma leading the band forward, with some fuzzy, heavy rhythms backing up the ferocity.
Fire is a better example of Dream Wife’s indie side, with oddball guitar melodies replacing the chunky punk riffs.
Single, Hey Heartbreaker, bridges the gap between the two sounds, with a catchy sing-a-long chorus and grungy tones. It’s a powerful, decisive debut that casts Dream Wife as one of the great modern punk groups.
Words by Sam Seaton