The soundtrack to our Friday is the stunning new single from London-based pop-punk trio Dream Wife – ‘Leech’ – out now via Lucky Number records.
‘Leech’ is the first new music from Dream Wife since the release of ‘So When You Gonna…’, the band’s 2020 album, and it signals a much harder, visceral sound than we’ve known from the Wives.
”‘It‘s an anthem for empathy and for solidarity. As our first song to be released in a while, we wanted to write something that feels like letting an animal out of a cage. It’s out. And it’s out for blood.”Dream Wife
A driving, building, menacing rhythm from guitarist Alice Go and bassist Bella Podpadec accompanies vocalist Rakel Mjöll’s Sprechgesang delivery:
The beast emerges, and emits a guttural scream:
A threat of blood and a plaintive call for empathy – this song could apply to so many situations we find ourselves in in this permacrisis world. But the Wives particularly have the patriarchy in their crosshairs:
“Nobody really wins in a patriarchal society. We all lose. We could all use more empathy.“
To accompany the single, they have announced a London show at Peckham Audio on Friday 25 November. See you there!