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The Deer Shed Festival is among my favourite festival events of the year, I have only missed two of these yearly events the first one I didnt know about the other was due to a car mishap Its always the week after the larger and more hetic Latitude the Deer Shed is a wonder, a small site easy to navigate your way around and full of family led  people that just want to find a few new bands and let their children thoroughly find themselves in the vast array of things to do . At Deer Shed you are probably more likely to come across a small person going a bit wild after too many fruit juices than an adult getting drunk and rowdy. Deer Shed Festival could quite possibly be the best family festival in the UK ever.


Everything is a delight on this opening day all I can say is that every band is worth seeing, so how do you decide who to see, My top choices are Blaenavon, they should surely warm up the crowd with their infectious indie rock and insanely energetic performance, Ben Gregory introduces them with: “We’re Blaenavon. It’s difficult to spell and even harder to say!” their incredible debut album “That’s Your Lot” released last yearReceived with critical acclaim, the band have been festival faves ever since it came out and if you haven’t caught them live yet, well, you’re really missing out. released last year.

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Then the visually new romantic punks and creatures of the night: whatever you describe them HMLTD are, they’re absolutely ace. Outlandish, strange and on the rampage, HMLTD are all dressed up with somewhere to go.

Dream Wife  the Icelandic-Brightonian star trio, From their Riot Grrrl roots right up to their raucous live show, we been waiting a long time for a band like Dream Wife. They’ve got the art school cred – they all met while studying down in Brighton but are now based in London – they’ve got the slamming tunes and they’ve got the kind of attitude that, were you able to bottle it and sell it to shy and retiring 14-year-olds, you’d make millions. ‘Cool’ is a word that’s chucked about far too lightly these days, but cool is what Dream Wife are. The trio are made up of Rakel Mjöll on lead vocals, Alice Go on guitar and Bella Podpadec on bass, and their glimmering punk-pop is the most exciting thing you’re going to hear this weekend.

but in the Lodge Stage there is not one act to be missed too Joan Wasser aka Joan As Police Woman is the colossal Friday night headliner. Simon Raymonde of Bella Union Records ( surely the best indie label in this world) bass player in legendary Cocteau Twins. For his new venture Simon has teamed up with Richie Thomas, ex-Dif Juz member, to release some more tunes of their own. They’re called Lost Horizons, and their stunning debut album, Ojalá, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last twenty years.

Check out Art School Girlfriend and girl band Peaness, and finally friday night headliner Drenge , Drenge may be from the Peak District but they often gig in Sheffield, have not performed live for nearly three years all intents and purposes a Sheffield band with echoes of Jack White or the Black Keys. Their heavy riffage of Black Sabbath and sounds as though Messrs Iommi and Ward dropped by the shack where they recorded it to help out, Drenge are an English three-piece rock band made up of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals, his younger brother Rory, on drums, and Rob Graham on bass. The brothers grew up in Castleton, Derbyshire, where they formed the band in 2010, relocating to Sheffield in 2014. The band take their name from something “that would sound like a noise that we would be playing onstage.” Their name also translates into “Boys” in Danish. They have released two albums, Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015).


Goldfrapp the Electronic synth pop duo, comprised of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory headline the saturday night along with the return of the excellent Public Service Broadcasting to Deer Shed consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, samplings and electronic musical instruments, Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic musical instruments, and J F Abraham on flugelhorn, bass guitar, drums and assorted other instruments. The band mostly plays instrumental music; Willgoose has said that “singing is never going to work. I’m not going to be happy with it, I’m not going to be comfortable playing it to other people.”They take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material.

This Is The Kit, featuring Kate Stables’ her angelic voice and her magnificent band of musicians, After making a long-awaited breakthrough with 2015’s Bashed Out – which featured PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish and the National’s Aaron Dessner – last year’s Moonshine Freeze a certain Best Album of the Year cemented the Winchester-born, Paris resident’s position as the rising star of contemporary folk. Although her music nods to Sandy Denny, Beth Orton and Robert Wyatt, she’s carving her own niche in a notoriously tough field. Her songs veer from achingly stripped down – just voice and banjo – to deliciously more complex, with layers of trumpet, clubbier grooves and psychedelic folk mantras.

Young Halifax band The Orielles first caught our attention with their jangly brand of surf-popConsisting of sisters Esme and Sidonie, with friend Henry on guitar, The Orielles are skilled at creating sunny melodies, fused with reverb-strewn harmonies and their own trademark sparkling, youthful energy

Cardiff-based Boy Azooga is piloted by Davey Newington, a young man with much musical heritage currently making waves.. The gifted vocal of Matt Maltese, but my highlight of the day is Gaz Coombes and his band the ex-Supergrass frontman, if you saw his set on Jools Holland it was just sublime.  A key inspiration for the album was reading Grayson Perry’s assessment of contemporary manhood The Descent Of Man. The book resonated on a personal level, making him contemplate his conduct as a man in the context of being a partner, a father to two daughters, a son, and a songwriter, but also as a male who feels compelled more generally to be an active participant in deconstructing and rebuilding masculinity in order to create a better, fairer, more equal society. Check out his latest solo album World’s Strongest Man, So here’s an album by a male songwriter who feels deeply affected by the conversations happening around men and masculinity right now in light of #MeToo, Time’s Up and gender inequality in all its forms. Gaz Coombes isn’t congratulating himself on having these thoughts, he’s just trying to be more like the man he wants himself and other men to be. There’s room for a lot more of those.

Psychedelic super vocalist Jane Weaver with her latest album Modern Kosmology leads us to the claim that she could well be the queen of psychedelia.,

One of the many multi-talented members of This Is the Kit is singer songwriter Rozi Plain as a solo performer pleases both the traditional folkies and those with more experimental tastes. Dreamy electronic synth riffs and fluttering soundscapes surround her vocals layered with lovely harmonies.,

Someone I really need to see is American singer songwriter Anna Burch. Burch’s debut album, “Quit The Curse”,  released in early February. The nine tracks of pop rock generously glazed with her honeyed vocals. It’s “about processing unhealthy and tumultuous relationships” from the Detroit singer-songwriter. Though, on first listen, the album’s many difficult themes are rarely given away by the breezy production that shrouds the lyrics like a beautiful, catchy cocoon. If singles ‘2 Cool 2 Care’ and ‘Tea-Soaked Letter’ are anything to go by, it’s going to be a phenomenal set with Burch’s super-sweet vocals and song subjects.


Field Music  brothers David and Peter Brewis are that awesome band from Sunderland  What a Sunday afternoon finale to Deer Shed Festival 9 this should be! co-founder and former guitarist of The Coral, a producer extraordnare is pretty much Merseyside music royalty. Bill Ryder-Jones, one of the most intelligent and moving guitar-driven singer songwriters around. Scottish band and Lost Map act Pictish Trail  also I’ll be checking out one woman and her guitar. who after 3 super EP’s released her debut album “Like An Island” Sarah Howells is beginning to make seismic waves in the British music scene. as Wales based songwriter Bryde formerly part of the duo Paper Aeroplanes 

Make sure you check out the Big Top and the comedy of James Acaster  and over in the new Buckends tent is legendary songwriter Chris Difford from the band Squeeze hopefully playing a few songs and talking about his time with the much loved quintessionally english group.

Head over to the legendary Science tents where the Deer Shed offers a fantastic selection of activities for all ages with craft activities and workshops going on during the day. a huge effort to ensure that older children had interesting and age appropriate things to do as well as the younger ones. There are workshops galore, one where you could  screen print your own festival poster,

Don’t forget the other highlights the run around the park on sunday morning and of course who does’nt love a game of Swingball or the chance to construct something at Cardboard City.

Related imageThere are a number of ace new releases this week, with Ty Segall’s newest hammering psychedelic opus, beautifully balanced between tender but driven acoustic balladry and pulsing stoned psychedelia. It’s a superbly sequenced and brilliantly engrossing outing, like we’d expect any less! Nils Frahm’s ‘All Melody’ manages to expertly toe the line between his earlier more acoustic outings (The Bells, Felt, etc) and his more recent electronic synthy workouts. There’s a killer new LP from No Age on Drag City, a new Django Django album .

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Dream Wife –  Dream Wife

Since forming in 2015 as a college art school project, Dream Wife – a name chosen as commentary on society’s objectification of women – have become one of the foremost up-and-coming bands out of the U.K. Now the band release Dream Wife – their debut album via Lucky Number. When it comes to their sound, Dream Wife worships at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings. It’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of 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. Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell. For fans of Blondie, Elastica, The Strokes and Le Tigre.


Ty Segall  –  Freedom’s Goblin

Freedom’s Goblin flies us around the soundworld of Ty Segall in nineteen tracks, allowing him to do a bit everything for the free and the goblins of Freedom alike! Deep impact rock of all shapes and sizes and some of the most violent, passionate, funny and free pop songs of 2018. The songs came in the flow of the year: days of vomit and days of ecstasy and escape too, and days between. The rulebook’s been tossed, but Freedom’s Goblin is thick with deep songwriting resources, be it stomper, weeper, ballad, screamer, banger or funker-upper, all diverted into new Tydentities in the name of love and loathing. Whether chilling at home or on tour with the Freedom Band, tracks were cut at five studios in LA, Chicago and Memphis, engineered by Steve Albini, F. Bermudez, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and of course, Ty himself. The goal was getting free: embracing any approach necessary to communicate new heights and depths, seeking new places for the fuzz to land among octaving harmonies, dancefloor grooves, synths, saxes and horns, jams, post-Nicky-Hopkins r’n’b electric piano vibes, children-of-the-corn psycho-rebellions, old country waltzes and down-by-the-river shuffles. Basically, the free-est bunch of pop songs Ty’s ever put on tape – free to love or to be alone; to be pretty or pretty ugly; free to turn the other cheek or to turn up the volume. And of course, free to make just about any kind of song that’ll free people when they hear it – because we’re ALL Goblins and we ALL want our Freedom!

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The Spook School  –  Could It Be Different?

If a debut LP is an artist’s introduction to the world and their sophomore release is their now-or-never moment, their third is their most cathartic: they’ve made it out, they’re here. Glasgow, Scotland’s indiepop optimists The Spook School, despite personal and political obstacle, made it out, and their latest full-length Could It Be Different? is here. It’s been a journey of self-discovery and feel-good realism; modern, dance-friendly indiepop fueling the fun. They made a name for themselves for their exultant and empowering pop, and now, they’ve shown real growth in nuance. Even at their most beaten down, The Spook School manage to find hope free of naivety. That’s clear the second the album opens with Still Alive, and its ascending chorus (and soon-to- be crowd favourite) of Fuck You, I’m Still Alive, written by Nye after surviving an emotionally abusive relationship. The song avoids villainizing the past, instead, it celebrates the present and welcomes the unknown future. The energy of working through the wicked exists all over Could It Be Different?, Bad Year makes personal connections with universal ennui, the debilitating feeling of an atrocious political climate and the desire to do better. Could It Be Different? is a human release-a record full of the insecurities and anxiety that arrive after self-awareness, in learning something new and potentially frightening about yourself. But at it’s heart is joy-there’s no desolation on the LP, because The Spook School manage to find light in moments of darkness. All things glum must pass-even if hope comes only in the form of acceptance.

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The Limiñanas  –   Shadow People

It’s easy to make The Limiñanas’ brand of rock ‘n’ roll sound cool.

Plug in some amps. Make ‘em buzz. Pound out an ominous, tom-heavy drumbeat. Play one note on the bass a hundred times. Write a cool guitar lick and repeat it. Get a dude or gal to lay down diabolically droning vocals. Cultivate a psychedelic vibe, man. So yeah…it’s pretty easy to make that concoction sound cool. It’s much harder to make it sound interesting.

The Limiñanas have the cool part down. The French duo has been pumping out buzzy psych-rock with a shadowy vibe for a decade, consistently releasing their work via ultra-hip record labels (Hozac, Trouble in Mind, and now Because Music). Their music is the aural equivalent of a shapely cloud of cigarette smoke hanging elegantly in a ray of light…with sunglasses on.

The band’s new album Shadow People has its share of that stuff. Opener “Ouverture” pairs a steady, stomping beat with a guitar line that seems to be descending stairs that go down forever. The reverbed guitars and spoken French vocals of “Le Premier Jour” blend into something like Serge Gainsbourg doing slo-mo surf-rock.

“Dimanche” follows a slightly quicker pace and features windswept, high-pitched sounds for flavor. And closing track “De La Part Des Copains” pushes The Limiñanas through a cinematic filter; its mournful horns tell a vivid story without uttering a word. (Lionel and Marie Limiñana should do film scores, if they’re not already.)

Elsewhere, the band does explore other sonic ideas, too, often through the work of guests. Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe adds a little sizzle to “Istanbul is Sleepy” with his simmering vocal, and New Order bassist Peter Hook injects “The Gift” with a sense of swing and a bit of bounce that’s nowhere else to be found on Shadow People.

On “Motorizatti Marie,” The Limiñanas showcase their punk streak and lighten the mood with some piano. “Pink Flamingos” belongs on the soundtrack to a candy-coated, English-language dream. But the band’s most successful trip comes on the title track, which soars higher anything else on the album, thanks in part to the buoyant guest vocals of French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. There are truly transcendent moments on Shadow People, they’re just nestled in among the ones that never quite lift off. Add it all up and The Limiñanas remain a very cool band, which is a perfectly fine thing to be.

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Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Limited copies come with a postcard set. The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist / guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings – not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber – and dubbed “The Phantom Ship” by the band – the grandiose house and its edge of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, its infinite duality is mirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.

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HC McEntire  –   Lionheart

HC McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, strikes out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart, a collection of songs inspired by the American South and a desire to reclaim “country” music from the hetero-normative, homogenous schtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women. Stereogum describes her voice as “weary, wise, and bright as morning sunshine all at once,” and that sunshine glows throughout the triumphant Lionheart. For the album, McEntire collaborated with many of her favorite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, Mary Lattimore, and Phil Cook, while remaining bravely devoted to her most authentic self throughout the process. Lionheart was recorded during the first few months of 2017 with additional recording and mixing taking place on the run as McEntire toured the world as a member of Angel Olsen’s band.


 The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics

They began as a fictional band from a fictional town featured on the Eccentronic Research Council’s 2015 concept album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist And Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan. Now The Moonlandingz have lurched, sticky and bleeding, into the real world and are releasing the first great album of 2017. Interplanetary Class Classics, released on Transgressive Records, is a feast of swirling juddering synths, wailing guitars, motorik stomp and extraordinary songwriting. The Moonlandingz have proven themselves to be one of the best live bands in the UK (“Magnificent, cosmic and batshit!” said The Quietus. “Feral antics and louche anarchy!” said The Guardian) and now they’ve produced an album of proper weird catchy glorious filthy pop. The Moonlandingz is Eccentronic Research Council’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer in cahoots with Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi (aka frontman Johnny Rocket) and Saul Adamczewski. They recorded the album with Sean Lennon at his studio in upstate New York. Also on the record: Randy Jones the Cowboy from The Village People, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor, Phil Oakey and Yoko Ono, who sings and yowls on epic closer This Cities Undone.

The Moonlandingz – the band born from a semi fictional concept album by Sheffield electronic analogue weirdos the Eccentronic Research Council and fronted by Fat White Familys legendary frontman, Lias Saoudi, release an extended deluxe version of the overwhelmingly critically acclaimed debut album ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’.

The deluxe includes a single version of album closer ‘This Cities Undone’ featuring guest vocals from Yoko Ono and Human League’s Phil Oakey, alongside a Confidence Man remix, new cut ‘Dirty Red Rose’ from the band’s recent ‘Cities Undone’ EP and lots more previously unheard bonus material.

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Beachwood  –  Songs From The Land Of Nod

What happens when an anti-social petty thief, a male hustler, and a delinquent runaway come together to join forces in the streets of NYC? One of two things, usually. Either the birth of a gang of misfit criminals, or a legendary rock and roll band. Luckily, for society’s sake, the latter has turned out to be true for Beechwood. Echoes of everything from Stiv Bators to the Electric Prunes to Velvet Underground to Johnny Thunders and with an obvious love of the Nuggets boxset.

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Holy  –  All These Worlds Are Yours

Sweden’s HOLY follows up his 2015 garage punk debut with the more experimental psych-pop of All These Worlds Are Yours. The project of Umeå native Hannes Ferm, HOLY first began making noise in 2014, issuing a rickety four-song EP called Silver of Your Heart that jangled along pleasantly enough to net him a deal with Stockholm’s Pnk Slm Records. The slightly more expansive Stabs LP followed a year later as Ferm began to stretch out a bit and add some new colors to his lo-fi garage pop. A subsequent move to the nation’s capital prompted a creative breakthrough as the singer funneled the personal alienation of adapting to a large city into a sprawling concept anchored around a massively psychedelic title cut weighing in at almost nine minutes long. Swirling mists of space echo and ambient noise thread between many of the album’s ten tracks, which veer from Mellotron-aided Beatlesque orchestrations to abrasive fugs of distortion interrupted by what feels like an endless collection of drum fills. Easily Ferm’s most ambitious collection to date, All These Worlds Are Yours works best when he eases back on the filters and lets a song be a song. Cuts like “Night on Earth” and “Heard Her” are tuneful and memorable, showing off Ferm’s craft as a songsmith without bludgeoning the listener with overindulgent explosions of knob-twisting and mid-rangy fuzz. While these sonic explorations make sense in the context of a concept album, the tonal palette he uses doesn’t develop quite enough to warrant how liberally it’s applied, and the general busyness of it ultimately detracts from the songs.

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Nadine  – Oh My

Bringing together singer Nadia Hulett with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of Ava Lunaoh my is the debut LP of indie pop trio NADINE. With a restrained, jazz-inflected sophistication that can evoke ’70s jazz-rock and the softer side of Laurie Anderson, at least in passing moments, the group steers clear of Ava Luna’s more vivid sound. Here, playful reflection and understatement reign on a set of 11 songs that still challenge expectation. On the more whimsical side, “Ultra Pink” seduces with a dance-funky groove and blippy electronics behind Hulett’s silken vocal tone, which alternates between spoken and sung repeated phrases. The slinkier “Not My Kind of Movie” features complementary piano and keyboard timbres, a fat bass tone, and jazzy chord progressions, while “Contigo” is a quietly glitchy interlude with layered vocal samples and effects. A sparer track like “That Neon Sign” has an a cappella opening and closing, more earnest lyrics, and sustained accompaniment. The album as a whole is guided by Hulett’s quiet confidence and includes production touches that surprise and enrich without disturbing an overriding calm coolness. A skillful debut by musicians with notable prior credits, they’ve settled into something intriguing and distinct out of the gate.

For a band which started out as a bit of a joke, Dream Wife aren’t doing too badly. Originally formed as an arty project at Brighton University, it was an idea which backfired in the best possible way when the trio discovered that, actually, they were quite good at this music thing.

Extensive gigging, tours supporting Sleigh Bells and The Kills, and a raucous performance at SXSW later, they now release their debut album, eleven songs and just over half-an-hour of brash, punky, shoutiness, underpinned by strong lyrics and a determined sense of identity.

There’s a certain relentlessness about their creation. Singer Rakel Mjoll’s voice is at times urgent, at times strident, and at other times light as a feather. Nowhere is this more evident than on ‘Somebody’, as she sternly lectures that “I am not my body, I’m somebody” over Alice Go’s trademark chopping riff. Current single ‘Hey, Heartbreaker’ is perhaps the poppiest song on here, with shouty backing vocals and even handclaps thrown into the mix. Indeed, Dream Wife are far from afraid of the odd musical cliché, chucking some ‘woo-woo’s into ‘Kids’ and a whole lot of punk attitude into the bratty ‘F.U.U.’


Dream Wife are at their very best, though, when they harness that aggression. Opener ‘Let’s Make Out’ is a combination of angsty and angry, Bella Popadec’s bouncy bassline underpinning a song taught with uncertainty. ‘Fire’, meanwhile, is The Breeders sanding the raw edges off of Kenickie, a promising sign of musical development yet to come.

If you wanted to be really picky, you could argue that this record is a bit too relentless, a bit too lacking in darkness and light. On the other hand, that’s pretty much the point of Dream Wife – full on, demonstrative and pretty much unstoppable.

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Icelandic singer Rakel Mjöll fronts this British guitar band, her voice switching between Scandi-pop sweetness and a rip-roaring punk yowl. Dream Wife’s music simmers with lust and fury – on tracks such as Let’s Make Out and Fire they manage to strip the angular 00s indie sound of its dad-ish associations in the process.

The real band Dream Wife — a name taken from a ’50s film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr — began as fake band in an art school project that was a This Is Spinal Tap-esque mockumentary. The project was created as a way for Rakel Mjoll to explore femininity and its tropes within pop music. Along with Isabella Podpadec and Alice Go, the trio put together the “fictional” Dream Wife, entered a film competition and won. The prize was performing at a Canadian Music Festival, after which they found themselves touring around that country. And so the art project Dream Wife became the real Dream Wife, creating songs dealing with femininity that look to subvert assumptions within the subject.


The trio wrote to tell me that they “wanted to make something direct and simple. The song ‘Somebody’ is a ballad about the experience of living with a female body … we focused on capturing a truthful performance that was both elegant and stripped back.

“We drew inspiration from the male-dominated iconography of ’70s glam rock, a time where men were able to explore their femininity. With the video, we are playing off this subversion with our own exploration of contemporary femininity.”

The video was produced and shot by John Podpadec — you may remember that name from the first paragraph of this article. John recalls being asked to shoot the video by his daughter, Dream Wife’s bassist.


“When my daughter Isabella asked if I’d be interested in shooting Dream Wife’s new promo for ‘Somebody’ I didn’t know how to respond,” he said. “Surely they had someone in London who could do this — they’re part of such a great creative collective. Although I’d worked as a photographer around the Bristol music scene in the mid-’80s, I’d never really involved myself with pop videos. I did shoot one promo for the Blue Aeroplanes – ‘Jacket Hangs’ — but I then went off to work for 30 years as a lighting camera person on broadcast documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

“They pointed me at David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ and some other videos. They wanted something clean and simple but with the ability to carry a strong message. What I really like about the film is that it’s got attitude and makes its point, but also captures the energy of Dream Wife’s stage performance.”

I heard a number of people talking about this band and their stage presence at SXSW just recently. I saw a show of theirs there and, though I think in order to do their talents justice some further development may lie ahead, Dream Wife is a band worth watching — and their message deserves to be heard.


Marvellous indie trio Dream Wife, who delivered one of our favourite live sets of the year at Truck Festival have announced details of their much anticipated self-titled debut album. There are plenty of options to buy the record including a very special limited edition transparent vinyl with blood red splatter, a gatefold vinyl edition and CD and various bundles with signed novellas – check the pre-order options here.

They have also shared a new track, Let’s Make Out, which is another top notch track of catchy, feminist post punk swirl… with teeth!


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The London/Icelandic trio Dream Wife have a lot of things going for them, and one of those things is their fun, irreverent visual sensibility. Dream Wife released their Fire EP a couple of months ago, and we posted their videos for “Somebody” and “Fire.” Early next year, they’ll follow it up with their self-titled debut album. They’ve just shared their video for the giddy, punked-up new single “Let’s Make Out.” The clip, from director Aidan Zamiri, takes place at a gauzy, ’80s-style prom, with the band performing as couples frantically play tonsil hockey. The band members wear makeup that appears to be an homage to the 1982 cult film Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. 

DREAM WIFE – ” Somebody “

Posted: March 18, 2017 in MUSIC

Indie-punk trio hailing from Iceland and the UK. 

In their short existence, Icelandic/British trio Dream Wife have already become important advocates for changing the way that the world perceives femininity. “I am not my body, I am somebody” echoes throughout their punchy new single ‘Somebody’, neatly encapsulating their brand of indie-punk.

The group described the single, released on International Women’s Day, as: “a ballad for women. The song explores the experience of living in a female body within our society. It’s a conversation on the reclamation of bodies by the women who occupy them in a tender, yet direct and empowering way.”

Why to get excited about them their most recent track ‘Somebody’ is a thrillingly rickety anthem, and their live shows are like the kind of house parties you wish you were invited to more often.



DREAM WIFE – ” Somebody “

Posted: March 8, 2017 in MUSIC

It’s one thing to be tipped as one of the most exciting new bands in the country, it’s quite another to consistently come up with the goods.  Dream Wife have done things the old fashioned way with D.I.Y releases and by winning an ardent fan base via word of mouth due to their incendiary live shows. The band who only started touring properly last year have quite rightly picked up the plaudits for their debut EP and the visceral power of their aforementioned live performances.

There seems no sign of the band wobbling under this new weight of exception as their latest release ‘Somebody’ adroitly demonstrates. Searing guitar riffs, throbbing bass lines, a soaring chorus combine to produce another memorable song and one that “explores the experience of living in a female body within our society. It’s a conversation on the reclamation of bodies by the women who occupy them in a tender, yet direct and empowering way.”

We appreciate that prosaisms  are often unavoidable when writing about music and doubtless there’s a journalist or music blogger, who at this very minute,has fingers poised about to type “feisty female girl gang with a side-serving of sass. All we’d ask is that they consulted their thesaurus and perhaps attempted to find something a little more fitting to describe Dream Wife, talented musicians, artists and songwriters with plenty to say and the potential to be huge.


The band recently announced they’ll play their biggest headline show to date at London’s 550 capacity Tufnell Park Dome on Thursday 27th April.  Preceding this show, Dream Wife will be making their stateside debut at the SXSW festival in Austin, followed by a handful of dates supporting The Kills in California. In addition, they will be performing at Great Escape and Blue Dot Festivals,  and locally Fest Evol in Liverpool.

Dream Wife are: Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals).


Posted: January 13, 2017 in MUSIC
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“I tell you what I want, what I really really want. I’m gonna fuck you up!” scream this indie-punk Icelandic/Brightonian trio. This re-construction of the Spice Girls is true grrrl power.. Elsewhere, their cut ‘Hey Heartbreak’, taken from EP01, seems to reference ’70s new wave of Blondie and infuse it with fat glam rock riffs. It’s a potent combination that can’t help but endear millions to want to go and discover them live where they’ll be creating some riotous scenes. , longer version of a song that was previously on the Haus of Pins‘ cassette compilation MYTHS in primitive form.

Warped cartoon pop … Dream Wife

Dream Wife are named after a 1953 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It’s a movie from the golden age of Hollywood, the pre-countercultural era, with a surprisingly feminist bent. That notion of getting something more, or different, than what you expected appeals to the members of the band, who love the subversive quality of David Lynch’s work and estimated, probably rightly.

They comprise three musicians, two British and one (singer Rakel Mjöll) Icelandic. Actually, “musician” does them a disservice: they’re artists, and music just happens to be the vehicle for their ideas right now. They were studying, variously, fine art and visual art at college in Brighton a year ago when they had the concept of forming a “fake girl band” as an art project for a gallery exhibition. So they wrote a few songs, recorded them, made a mockumentary inspired by Spinal Tap, and performed at the opening of the exhibition. It went so well, the fake/fantasy outfit became a reality. They started getting booked for gigs around England, even playing a festival, wrote some more songs, toured Canada and signed to Enfer Records.


The lineup: Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals).

Dream Wife performing live at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Recorded November 6, 2016.

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