Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than the fabulously fierce Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass), whose art school roots have informed their all-encompassing aesthetic and sharp eye for detail. This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers that conjure up visions of Blondie by way of Bikini Kill, ESG and Pat Benetar – though on the songs that make up their debut album, out 2018, they certainly do that too – they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst and everyone is invited along for the ride.
“We’re definitely a pop band,” explains Alice of their sound and style, which worships at the twin totems of David Bowie and Madonna. “I don’t think there’s any shame in that. There’s the assumption that pop doesn’t have integrity, but that’s not true.” Despite only having four songs, in their very early days they took themselves off out on the road, without a booking agent, promoter or a tour manager. Somehow, it worked and Dream Wife had tours of Europe and Canada under their belts before they even entertained the idea of getting serious representation.
Along with a strong connection with their fans it’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of the Spice Girls-referencing ‘FUU’ to the new wave politico-pop of ‘Somebody’ and euphoric old school indie hit ‘Fire’. These are songs in the classic mould – big, beautiful and crazily catchy. And, of course, there’s the three dynamic women at the band’s core. Alice is convinced the group’s drive and dedication comes from the fact they’re all fire symbols. “We’re a power trio,” she says. “There’s a crazy energy between us.” Bella is in agreement; “It is magic when we’re together.” Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell.