Dream Wife perform at The Deaf Institute

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By Desh Kapur

The Deaf Institute is a great little venue, so it was with great pleasure that I headed there to see the much talked about Dream Wife.

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Dream Wife is made up of the Icelandic Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). They met in Art College in Brighton, initially forming the band as part of a project they were commisioned to work on. 

Named after a 1953 romantic comedy, their music is a very cool mix of garage rock, punk, and pop, with self-proclaimed influences from the likes of David Bowie, Peaches, Talking Heads and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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After arriving a little later than expected, I was gutted to have missed the first band, but it was with much anticipation that I awaited the arrival of Dream Wife onstage. Local feminist writer Gina Tonic introduced the band and on they came, Rakel Mjoll resplendent with a champagne flute in hand!

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They were exciting, full of energy and delivered their songs with joyful careless abandon. Lead singer Rakel Mjöll constantly pranced across the stage with her champagne flute accompanying her every move. She connected with the crowd in her own very unique way; her effortless vocals switching from singing to snarling in the blink of an eye.

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Much to the delight of their fans, they played the majority of their debut album, throwing in a couple of covers such as Blondie’s "One Way or Another" and Spice Girls’ "Wannabe

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Dream Wife’s songs have a feminist message and their posters and media channels are a testament to this, proudly showcasing their support of causes such as the anti-harassment movement "Girls Against".

Before launching into their recent single "Somebody", they insisted that the crowd allow girls to the front, which I found interesting and refreshing in equal measures. I must admit, it definitely made me respect the band for standing up for their beliefs, taking what could have been a normal indie punk/rock show and turning it into a positive feminist music party.

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They have great songs, bucket loads of energy and a message we should all listen to. I would highly recommend them