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Dream Wife at DC9 Nightclub

27 September 2018 Washington D.C.

My first exposure to the band was through the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. During the closing credits of an episode came a sharp guitar riff and crashing drums followed by a sweet voice that proclaims “I’m gonna fuck you up.” I was hooked and did a search online to find this was the London based group Dream Wife. The song was “F.U.U.” and it immediately went into my playlist. The trio is lead by Rakell Mjoll (lead vocal) with Alice Go (guitar, vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). Dream Wife released their self-titled debut on 26 January 2018 and are on their first headlining tour of the U.S.

It was a chilly, damp night in D.C. but, the crowd was hot for Dream Wife after a blistering opener from the female post-punk band New Myths and pop-punk band Russo. Mic problems during the Russo set had me worried about Rakell’s performance. At the end of the first song, “Hey Heartbreaker”, she addressed the humming from the mic and took it in stride. Luckily, the sound person got it fixed properly before the end of their set and “the curse” as she had put it was lifted. At one point Alice was going to sit on the floor to help get a proper sound from the guitar monitor. The group was determined to put on a show. They certainly did not disappoint as they then performed “Taste” for the first time live.

Each successive song the crowd became hotter and ate up every minute of their performance. It was great to see Bella performing. You could see by her movements that she was enjoying the thumping bass and becoming one with it with each head or shoulder swivel. Honestly, makes me wish I could play bass seeing her on stage. Alice’s approach to the guitar was constant perfection. Punk riffs that would make you not sure whether to dance or punch something. The vocals and stage presence of Rakell are a thing to behold. Clearly, we can’t judge a book by its cover as she delivers powerful vocals that are catchy and melodic. She can follow it just as quickly with screaming vocals that will let you know she is able to hold her own if need be.

It was a great moment when the song “Somebody” was dedicated to all the “bad bitches”. A track that is to let you know a person is not defined by their body. In this current #metoo era it is a powerful anthem without being loud and in your face. The subtle yet powerful way the line “I am not my body, I am somebody” will give you chills. In a fitting finale to the show, they ended with the song I discovered them with, “F.U.U.” Powerful vocals and punk riffs with a jumping crowd was the only way this and every show should end. Catch them on tour and make sure to say hi to them as they are accessible and friendly after shows. Also, make sure to “support your local bad bitches”.


Feature Photo Credit: Dream Wife Promo

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