London-based trio Dream Wife – vocalist Rakel Mjöll (she/her), guitarist Alice Go (she/her), bassist Bella Podpadec (they/them) – released their electrifying third album, ‘Social Lubrication’, this Summer via Lucky Number to critical acclaim.
To celebrate their forthcoming run of shows, they today share brand new track “Love You More”, recorded during the ‘Social Lubrication’ album sessions.
Drawing from the likes of Pixies and Hole for inspiration, the band says: “”Love You More” is not your typical love song, but a love song to the self and choosing to love perfectly imperfect bodies. It has a gritty underbelly, dealing with self-acceptance, body dysmorphia, disaster capitalism, climate collapse and depression. From the micro to the macro, the song explores the relationship between the self and both the body and the earth as experiences of home, as a vessel for feeling.”
In addition to their upcoming live shows, the band today announce five further UK headline dates for early 2024. his October and November they will be touring widely across the UK, including their biggest London show to date at Electric Brixton. See below to find a show near you and get your tickets HERE.
‘Social Lubrication‘ is an entirely self-written album, produced by Alice Go (of Dream Wife) alongside Matthew Peel, mixed by duo Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, Depeche Mode) and Caesar Edmunds (Wet Leg, Beach House). The album finds the band once again playfully tackling big subjects like bodily autonomy, dismantling the patriarchy, and using your platform for the greater good, while truly translating the visceral nature of their riotous live shows to tape for the first time. Social Lubrication follows their UK Top 20 breakthrough with their sophomore record ‘So When You Gonna…‘ What came next was remixes for the likes of Rina Sawayama, Nova Twins, and Porridge Radio, and international touring at festivals such as Lollapalooza (US), Laneway (AU), Summersonic (JP), Primavera (ES) and Pitchfork (FR) as well as opening slots for Garbage, The Kills, and even the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park.
Dream Wife have come a long way since their 2018 self-titled debut. Their last album, smashed the Official UK Top 20 album charts (the only indie album recorded and produced by all women at the time to do so), and earned them universal praise and countless sold-out shows Alongside their accolades, however, Dream Wife have always advocated for upholding the community on a truly ground level and paying it forward. Proceeds from direct digital sales of ‘So When You Gonna…’ went to Black Minds Matter and Gendered Intelligence. In 2021, the band released a megamix for Rainbow Mind, a mental health charity for LGBTQIA people, with contributions from Shirley Manson, The Big Moon, Big Joanie and Girli among others.
DREAM WIFE UK LIVE DATES
October 5th – Manchester, UK @ New Century Hall*
October 6th – Birmingham, UK @ Castle & Falcon*October 7th – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew (Matinee show)*
October 7th – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew*
October 8th – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club*
October 19th – London, UK @ Electric Brixton*
November 4th – Brighton, UK @ Mutations Festival
January 6th – Bognor Regis, UK @ Rockaway Beach
February 13th – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
February 14th – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
February 15th – Sheffield, UK @ Crookes Social Club
February 16th – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
February 17th – Newcastle, UK @ The Grove
* support from Prima Queen & Ash Kenazi
(Maisie Cousins Hi-Res)
DREAM WIFE – NEW SINGLE: “LOVE YOU MORE”
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NEW ALBUM: ‘SOCIAL LUBRICATION’
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Praise for ‘Social Lubrication’:
“Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that’s roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude” – Rolling Stone
“It is the sound of a generation’s patience running out to a soundtrack for the ages.” – Dork Magazine 5/5
“A record that’s both a progression, and that shows off wonderfully just what made them so exciting to begin with.” – DIY 4.5/5
“The band’s third record is spritely, sincere and cements their standing as scene-leaders.” – NME 4/5“
As infectious as they are anarchic.” – Record Collector 4/5
“The London-based trio make the political playful, powered by punk.” – The Arts Desk 4/5
“Dream Wife share songs of liberation, lust, exhilaration and confrontation on thrilling third album.” – Louder Sound 4/5
“This perfect mix of politics and personal, of seriousness and humour, is what allows the band to get punk back to what it really is and should be.” – HUNGER
“Dream Wife‘s prowess to lace razor-sharp wit with powerful, political lexicon punches at a maximum across the London-based trio’s forthcoming LP, ‘Social Lubrication’”. – The Forty-Five
“‘Social Lubrication’ carries all the raw, essential components of what make Dream Wife such a well celebrated act while remaining remarkably self-assured and polished.” – Clash
“Fuelled by their trademark antagonistic spirit, Dream Wife’s third album Social Lubrication is a righteous mix of pleasure, anarchy and empowerment.” – The Line of Best Fit
“One of London’s most exciting live acts, combining a punk snarl with brazen classic rock aesthetics…poppier than anything the band have tried before, nodding to Blondie and returning to the girlband melodies of the mid-’90s.” – The FADER