Getting Energized With The Raw Charisma and Feminist Message of London’s Dream Wife Thoughts+Photos: Dream Wife for British Music Embassy During SXSW 3/27/23
AUSTIN, TX- Dream Wife is a London-based punk rock band that I have been following for years. The band was formed in 2015 when Alice Go, Bella Podpadec, and Rakel Mjöll met while studying at art school in Brighton, UK. Since then, Dream Wife has become known for their blend of punk, pop, and indie rock, characterized by catchy hooks, driving guitar riffs, and infectious vocal melodies. I have always been drawn to the attitude of their music, which is known for its feminist themes and empowering lyrics. Their commitment to social justice speaks to me and gets my blood pumping. They released their latest full-length album, “So When You Gonna…” in 2020, and were recently back in Austin to support some of their new music, likely to be part of their forthcoming collection.
But beyond their music, I am a big advocate of catching Dream Wife live. Their performances are always high-energy affairs, often involving jumping, dancing, and sing-alongs that bring the audience into the performance. While Alice and Bella are extremely enjoyable to watch on stage, especially when they are shredding, it is Rakel who brings that raw and emotive energy to life. I appreciate her ability to inject passion and energy into Dream Wife’s music. It is the confidently sassy attitude she exudes on stage, and her distinctive voice that sets the band apart from other punk rock acts. You can’t really be taught that kind of charisma; it’s just something you’re born with, and Rakel was born with it.