Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia Coppola movie soundtrack. The London trio swirls together hints of nearly every decade of Cool Girl rock into one, modern classic-sounding sound. Their vibrancy is infectious. Expect a proper debut album out this year.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Bella Podpadec: Playful, flamboyant, and flipping the script on something that’s seen as feminine and weak and turning it into something that’s empowering and liberating.
Alice Go: We don’t take it too seriously, either. It’s fun, it’s cheeky, and we play with people’s expectations.
How did you guys get together as a band?
Rakel Mjöll: We formed the band whilst we were in art school in Brighton. After all that, we moved off to London—where we live now. The U.K. music scene is bursting right now. It’s so exciting to be there. We’re typical art school noodles.
What project are you most excited about right now?
RM: Our debut album! We’re in the process of recording everything we’ve written.
How has the album process been different than how you expected?
BP: One of the biggest challenges we set for ourselves was to capture the energy of our live performances on track. That’s a really hard thing to do.
RM: The vibe is the hardest thing to get down. By putting that challenge on ourselves, we’re able to make it sound raw and like us.
BP: It becomes about the moment when you’re recording that song for a full take.
RM: Live shows are our foundation. We are a live band.
BP: That’s the truest form of our music, playing it live.
What is the value of being in a live performance space these days?
BP: It’s about connection, the happening of it all. It’s about inspiring others to go out and make music.
AG: A recorded song is just a moment in time. A song performed live becomes alive. Every show we do is different. It’s real.
RM: We really took our time before going into the studio, played a lot of shows, to make sure we got the live element down pat. There were some songs we were going to scrap, but audiences were singing them back to us without even knowing them, so they stayed. Seeing the songs grow is what live music and venues are all about.
Who do you look up to in terms of great performers?
RM: We just wrapped a tour with Sleigh Bells. Their show is just insane. Watching them was beautiful.
BP: You can get bored of the format of traditional shows, but a Sleigh Bells show is immersive and relentless. We definitely aspire for that.
RM: David Bowie, too, was so into details and seemed to really enjoy it.
BP: It was a theater production.
How do you define punk?
BP: Well, it’s all about what you make of it, isn’t it? It’s doing what you want to do and making your own rules.
AG: There’s a boldness in that.
RM: We did a campaign with Vivienne Westwood, the queen of punk. It was before we released our EP. But it was so interesting to have the queen of punk ask us to be in a project. It made us wonder when we were punk. But I think doing things full heartedly is punk, for me. It’s about being unapologetic.
Where do you hope to be when the year ends?
RM: The album will be out! I’m excited. I don’t want to hope for anything, but I’m exciting for every single step.
BP: We embrace opportunities as they come, and it snowballs from there.