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Dream Wife, Girli, The Tuts and Dream Nails team up for a Solidarity Not Silence fundraiser

45301294_563853120717003_6812626216667840512_nHere’s a beautiful example of badass musical sisterhood in action.

London’s Oslo will host a benefit show on 5 December, featuring live performances from super-sheroes of the DIY punk scene The Tuts and Dream Nails, plus DJ sets from Girli, and Alice Go of Dream Wife.

Proceeds for this not-to-be-missed event will go to the Solidarity Not Silence Campaign, which seeks to help a group of women defend themselves against defamation claim made by a man in music industry for statements that they made concerning his treatment of women.

In the wake of #metoo, with women coming together online to share their experiences of abuse, the campaign has received strong support – with over £20,000 raised so far.

What better way to fight back against the silencing of women than a night of badass women with guitars and turntables.

Tickets on sale here from 11am on Monday 5 November.

Here’s the statement from the Solidarity Not Silence campaign site:


We are a group of women who are fighting a claim of defamation made against us by a well-known musician (hereon referred to as A). We refuse to be silenced and we need your solidarity to fight this case. Read on to find out more.

Who are we?

Our group includes one of A’s ex-girlfriends, one of several of his former partners who are facing a libel claim, and feminist musicians who spoke out in support of these women. Legal papers have been served against all of us. By coming together as a group, we have managed to personally fund our legal defence through the various stages up until the claim was finally served against us in court on 2 August 2017. Not only has this lengthy process been very expensive, there has also been tremendous emotional and psychological impact. Most of us have suffered severely with our mental health as a result, but we refuse to give up.

This is why we are reaching out to you for support. We risk losing everything and potentially bankrupting ourselves in the process. If you help us, we can continue with proper legal representation which will give us a strong chance of winning this case.

What happened?

In 2016 we each independently made a number of public statements about A’s behaviour towards women. This was in protest against unacceptable behaviour in the music community, a cause we all speak about regularly, and to promote safety. Soon afterwards, we received letters from A’s solicitor and came together as a group in order to support each other.

The nature of this legal battle means that we are already limited in what we can share with you, and we would encourage our supporters not to publish anything more than is in this statement for the time being.

What is defamation and why are we being accused of it?

A defamation claim is a claim brought in a civil court for compensation for publications which are said to cause serious harm to someone’s reputation.  We will be defending our statements as we believe they were in the public interest. We are represented by Bindmans LLP – a well established legal firm with expertise in defamation claims.

What are A’s demands? 

A week before Christmas we received the first correspondence from his solicitor where we were advised to find legal representation and ordered to comply with a series of demands by 4 January 2017 (over the holiday period), including demands for compensation, legal costs, removal of our statements, apologies, and agreement not to repeat these allegations, or similar ones, even when they concerned our own experiences.

Why can’t we get legal aid?

Sadly there is no legal aid for defamation cases.

Why do we need so much money?

Our initial target of £9,000 will contribute towards the cost of drafting our defences: the stretch target would cover our legal costs for the next stages of our defence.

Why don’t we just give up?

We cannot agree to these terms and do not want our case to set a precedent for silencing marginalised voices in the music industry and beyond. We need to keep fighting even though we do not have the same power, fame or financial backing as A, as we do not believe that money should be a barrier to accessing justice. We refuse to be silenced and we believe we must pursue justice.

Please help us and support if you are able.

Contact solidaritynotsilence@gmail.com if you would like to set up a benefit for us or have any questions.  

LOUD WOMEN announces the 2018 HERcury Prize shortlist

LOUD WOMEN’s 2018 HERcury prize shortlist is a bakers’ dozen (whittled down from 30) of albums released between July 2017 and July 2018 by British-based, (self-identified) female, female-fronted and female-driven bands. Votes cast by Team LOUD WOMEN. Not much crossover here, you’ll notice, with lesser, so-called music prizes.
Winner to be announced 21 September via Facebook Live!

Without further ado, our shortlist, in alphabetical order:

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1) Argonaut – Argonaut Forever (November 2017)

“Raw and fragile and urgent in all the best ways,” to quote Loud Women’s review; Argonaut’s third album presented last year’s new material and revisited key tracks from their first two albums, serving as a liminal release before the unveiling of their revamped band line-up for 2018.

2) Bratakus – Target Grrrl (August 2017)

Probably the best Scottish sibling bass ‘n’ drum grunge album since, well, The Twistettes’ LP the year before, Bratakus are just one of many Caledonian bands rocking Loud Women’s world right now. Short sharp punk soundbites and catchy-as-hell chant-a-longs on this well-received debut, like a charmingly-gnarly hybrid of The Exploited and The Distillers.

3) Chvrches – Love is Dead (May 2018)

No inverse snobbery around these parts: Chvrches’ third Top 10 album has one firm foot in 21st Century stadium pop and the other in 80s electro, and Loud Women love it like we love our Taylor Swift and Yazoo albums. Lyrics like ‘Graves’ hint at political bite beneath the glossy perfect-pop sheen.

4) Crumbs – Mind Yr Manners (July 2017)

Debut album from this Leeds-based ‘funk post-punk disco pop party pack’ fourpiece. They’ve got the stripped-down, melodic tunes, they’ve got the best song titles (‘Stockport Syndrome’, ‘Ciggy Stardust’) and they’ve got a place in the 2018 Loud Women Fest line-up!

Surely in itself reason enough to get tickets.

5) Dream Wife – Dream Wife (January 2018)

Much-loved, tune-packed debut from this Brighton-based pop-punk trio. Unmistakably Icelandic vocals atop an irresistible noughties-new wave sound that recalls the likes of CSS and New Young Pony Club.

6) Goat Girl – Goat Girl (April 2018)

A deserved Top 30 chart placing rewarded Goat Girl’s eponymous debut, an unexpected delight of an album from a young, all-female group sounding wise beyond their years and uncategorisable to the genre-fixated. The band traverses a range of moods across 19 song-sketches held together by a deceptively lazy-hazy vocal. Did that song really recommend several methods for literally executing the Tory government? Yes. Yes it did.

7) ILL – We Are ILL (May 2018)

“A perfect storm of enigma, whimsy and controlled violence,” according to our reviewer, ILL’s debut album has only been blowing minds for two months, yet already feels somehow like it’s always existed. A genre-straddling state-of-the-nation address, with added bear growls.

8) LIINES – Stop-Start (May 2018)

‘Long-awaited’ might be a cliche, but in the case of LIINES‘ debut album, it’s a fitting description for a band that’s evolved steadily from fin-de-siecle Manc post-riot grrrl stalwarts Hooker. The tightest, heaviest rhythm section in DIY supports Zoe McVeigh’s emotional vocals and haiku-like songwriting, together conjuring an atmosphere of taut, claustrophobic menace like a UK postpunk time capsule.

9) Nervous Twitch – I Won’t Hide (November 2017)

“Catchy lo-fi garage pop” says our reviewer, and it’s the third album in only as many years from this DIY Leeds trio. One of three albums in the shortlist from Cardiff’s Odd Box Records, Nervous Twitch present 14 tracks of surfy guitar and Headcoatees-esque vocals, with a 60s girl group influence.

10) Rainbow Reservoir – Channel Hanna (February 2018)

Perfect indie-punk-power-pop with clear riot grrrl influences from this Oxford trio, fronted by Connecticut native Angela Space. The title track tells you everything you need to know, but there’s not a bad song on Rainbow Reservoir’s varied and entertaining debut.

11) Shopping – The Official Body (January 2018)

DIY queercore supergroup-success-story Shopping show no signs of running out of credit (yeah we went there) on their third album in five years. With Edwyn Collins back in the producers’ chair, the pace is faster, the bass is heavier, Rachel Aggs’ vocals have a newly-won confidence and their ability to paint propulsive-yet-plaintive pictures (ref. ‘Asking for a Friend’) is in full effect.

12) Sink Ya Teeth – Sink Ya Teeth (June 2018)

A perfect ten tracks of no wave-disco electropop on the brilliant debut album from this Norwich duo. And omg that *is* Gemma from KaitO!

13) Suggested Friends – Suggested Friends (November 2017)

Soundbites like “instantly catchy guitar work”, “strong singalong chorus” and “lush harmonies” litter our review of this self-titled debut from Suggested Friends. Something of a supergroup featuring members of Standard Fare, Chorusgirl and Wolf Girl, the band brings some of the sensibilities of those groups to this record, mixed with 80s/90s influences and an epic quality unusual for the DIY indiepop scene.


Brix & the Extricated – Part 2
Charismatic Megafauna – Semi-Regular
Colour Me Wednesday – Counting Pennies in the Afterlife
Days Fade, Nights Grow – Amelioration
The Duke Spirit – Sky is Mine
Gwenno – Le Kov
Kate Nash – Yesterday is Forever
The Kut – Valley of Thorns
Ramonas – First World Problems
Runt – Positions of Power
The Selecter – Daylight
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
Table Scraps – Autonomy
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
You Want Fox – Reverse the Curse

Dream Wife: album review

Dream Wife album coverDream Wife – s/t LP, out now
Review by Zoe Biggs

Upon discovering that their genesis lay in a performance art project whilst still at university, I started to hunt for more information on the Icelandic-British garage rock outfit Dream Wife. The truth (they take their name from a 1950’s film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) and the falsehoods (that they entered their Spinal Tap mockumentary into a film contest and their prize for winning was to go to Canada and play Canadian music with the band with a film) both delighted in equal measure.

Hot off their sell out gig at Heaven, Dream Wife have announced a Halloween show at the legendary Koko, so now seems a fitting time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard if you prefer) about their self-titled debut album. Kicking off the proceedings is the explosive ‘Let’s Make Out’, channelling a Babes In Toyland vibe, and with an infectious bassline from Bella Podpadec holding it all together, this sets the album up nicely. It would surely be an error to throw comparisons out there solely to the other riot grrrl acts who have come before them. Influences that really come through on this album range from Peaches, to Yeah Yeah Yeahs to The Strokes.

‘You were a cute girl standing backstage, it was bound to happen’ singer Rakel Mjöll states simply as the opening line of ‘Somebody’, a phrase that makes me shudder, but also stokes  my anger that someone had the audacity to utter that drivel to her. As if simply existing is a justifiable provocation for some. The chorus chant of ‘I am not my body, I am somebody’ is perfectly straight to the point – can we make it any clearer for those who are still refusing to pay attention? ‘Somebody’ gives the album a bit more depth that it may otherwise be lacking in.

Fuzzed out riffs from guitarist Alice Go propel us through the catchy and handclap-laden homage to Le Tigre that is ‘Hey Heartbreaker’; an instantly loveable vibrant and colourful track.

‘Love Without Reason’ is one of my favourites on this album, a blissful and haunting refrain with a sweet innocence about it that you can just picture being sung back to the band by the crowd during a bittersweet moment at a summer festival.

Honourable mention to the closing track ‘F.U.U.’ a collaboration with Fever Dream, starting off as brash and as raw as you want, but then swaggering into a finishing breakdown of ‘I spy with my little eye, bad bad bad bad bitches’, which, if you weren’t singing along with this album already, then this is going to hook itself into the dark recesses of your mind and appear screaming out at inopportune moments.

Overall a really fun and energetic offering from Dream Wife, and I’m eager to see what they will come up with next.







new music Feb–Apr

A round up of new releases we’re getting excited about.

New tracks 
Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas
Nia Wyn – Help Me
The Nyx – Hideaway
Skating Polly – Hail Mary
Pearl Harts – Hit the Bottle
Dream Wife – Somebody
Grace Savage – Medusa

Pink Grip – Demo EP
The Whooper-Ups – Sensible Daydreams EP
Yur Mum – Live EP
Blondie – Fun/Monster
IDestroy – Annie/98%
Screaming Toenail – Food Chain  EP
PAMs – Phasers EP
Cat Apostrophe – World is Fucked EP
Sunflower Theives – Hold the Storm EP
Blindness – The Monsoon EP

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalypstik
Desperate Journalist – Grow Up LP
The Darts – The Darts
The Menstrual Cramps – We’re Not Overyacting
The Courtneys – Courtneys II 
Party Fears – Part Fears LP
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Navigator LP
The Kut – Raw – demos CD
Trigger Warning and the Safe SpacesEverything is Problematic! LP
Sneaks – Act Out LP

V/A compilations
Kobayashi I – Intergalactic Warriors
Hang In There – A DIY Covers Compilation

Pending releases

Feature – Banishing Ritual LP Apr 07
The Baby Seals – Lips Are Sealed Apr 07
Long Teeth – Canned Laughter Apr 20
Darling Buds – Evergreen EP April 21
The Nyx – The Nyx EP – April 21
Skating Polly – New Trick EP Apr 28
Wolf Girl – Moody/Get You – May 5
Blondie – Pollinator – May 5
Oh! Gunquit – Lightning Likes Me – LP May 19
Coathangers – Parasite EP – Jun
Lorde – Melodrama 2nd LP – Jun

interview: Dream Wife

by Kate Crudgington, originally published on GigSlutz and reproduced with kind permission (thank you!)

As I made my way to The Old Blue Last on Tuesday night, I felt what can only be described as an overwhelming level of fan girl excitement (probably not the most professional statement to make at the start of an interview, but stick with me). I’ve somehow managed to miss all of Dream Wife‘s gigs in the last 6 months, and I’ve been told they’re a band that can only be fully appreciated when seen live; so I’m excited to see them and speak to them for the first time.

I’ve got my list of questions ready, and I’m praying my face doesn’t go embarrassingly red when I eventually meet Alice, Bella & Rakel, who have been touring their ‘poolside pop with a bite’ across the country for the last year. I’m taken up (several) flights of stairs to the back room where I’m introduced to lead singer Rakel, who is replying to messages from friends on her phone. She explains that if her friends don’t arrive before 7:30, they probably won’t make it in to the venue – it’s a free gig but it’s ‘sold out’ on DICE almost twice over. 

We’re quickly joined by Guitarist Alice and Bassist Bella who share Rakel’s concerns about not being able to get their friends in to the gig. We sit down to chat, and I immediately relax because they’re charismatic, calm and really funny. They’re the kind of girls you’d want to meet in a bar or a mosh pit on a night out, and immediately inhale more alcohol and live music with.

Even with their intense pre-show schedule, they’re gracious with their time and more than happy to discuss their excitement and anticipations for the show, the projects they worked on last year, and that incredible new video for ‘FUU’…


Hello Dream Wife! You’re about to play to a sold out crowd as part of DIY’s ‘Hello 2017’ tour at The Old Blue Last. How are you feeling about tonight’s gig?

Rakel: We’re really excited to play and it’s a beautiful venue, but size-wise it’s a bit stressful. We’re going to be playing to such a cramped crowd, we’re a little concerned about where to go if we need to get on and off stage.

Bella: Yeah, I’m excited to play and I know it’s going to be great, but that’s the one thing that’s stressing us out really.

Rakel: I’m excited to see a band called Venture Lows though. They’re supporting us and our friend’s son is in the band. All of the band’s playing tonight are great actually, so I think that stage will already be sweated out by the time we get there.

Bella: We’re excited to go on the DIY tour as well. We’ve been mostly recording and then, oh wait, we had Christmas off…

Rakel: I think Christmas was the first break we’ve actually had since…last Christmas? (laughs)

Bella: Everyone was like “awh, it must be so nice to have this time where you can just relax?” and we were like “yeah, this is my only time to relax until next Christmas…” (laughs)

Rakel: It’s a really beautiful thing though! It just feels like you’re living your life the way that you really want to live it, as hippy as that sounds. I haven’t been doing stuff professionally that I’ve not enjoyed.

Alice: Yeah, everything’s just really exciting right now, so ‘being busy’ doesn’t really feel like ‘being busy’ really.

We’re briefly and accidentally interrupted by Dama Scout who are supporting the band, asking if the room’s only for Dream Wife’s equipment/stuff, to which the girls laugh and kindly inform them the space is for all the bands performing tonight.

R: Let’s never be that kind of band that are like “errr no this room’s only for us. You can only have one water and don’t touch anything…” (laughs)

B: (to me) I’ve just realised that you could totally quote that out of context and make us sound awful.


I won’t, I swear! You filmed a music video for your track ‘FUU’ at The Moth Club last year which features your fans going mad to the song. What inspired the track, and what’s it like watching your fans when you’re on stage playing it?

A: Oh God, there was that one middle-aged guy who was just stood directly below Rakel once, staring at her, miming all the words to the song…

B: He just took the song completely out of context.

A: But normally people freak out and it’s super fun and that’s what the song’s for.

R: Originally the song started out as our take on the theme tune from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. That was the starting point. It all started with Will Smith.

All good things do…

R: The song is actually about cutting your hair, and nobody really knows that. Everyone thinks its a really grotesque song but it’s actually about haircuts. When someone has the power to fuck up your look, it’s a very scary thought (laughs). Now we have a drummer, the crowds go more even more crazy when they hear it.

A: Yeah, it’s like a stadium beat and everyone just goes mad. It’s really cool.

I’m looking forward to hearing it tonight. You’re going to be supporting Sleigh Bells on their UK tour and The Kills on their 15th anniversary tour this year. What are you looking forward to most about these shows?

A: Both of those bands are our genuinely some of our favourites. We’re so excited to play with these legends.

B: So it’s kind of ridiculous that we get to go on tour with them.

R: We weren’t really sure if we’d get the Sleigh Bells gigs because when Alice met the lead singer…

A: I bit Alexis on the cheek! (laughs)

R: We’re with the same label (Lucky Number) so Alice was lucky enough to meet them and she bit Alexis’ cheek really hard, and left a mark apparently, so we weren’t really sure if we’d get to tour with them.

A: I think she was okay with it, she commented on the picture saying I could bite her cheek any time (laughs).

You certainly know how to leave a mark!

Rakel – Before the end of 2016 you performed at the Bands4Refugees charity gig at Kamio with Wolf Alice, Slaves, Swim Deep, Bloody Knees, and Ollie from Years & Years. You covered Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’. Why did you choose to cover this song?

Rakel: I love Dolly Parton. She is my favourite lyricist. I really like her way with words.

That was a fun night. I was such a newbie, it was so fun playing the show because it was interesting being with a bunch of bands who had toured before already and being like – “Hi! I’m the new kid!” – but they were all so lovely and kind.

Everyone worked really hard on their songs too. We had so many practices and everyone took it very seriously. It was a really sweet end to the year. And I loved Ollie. He was just the best. It was my dream to sing the Dolly song as well, and I didn’t fuck it up (laughs).

You all modelled for Vivienne Westwood’s unisex fashion project that celebrates the androgynous toga. What was it like collaborating with Vivienne and other creatives on this project? 

R: It was freezing. We went on to Black Heath and became blue…

A: We were surrounded by crows and we didn’t realise that the bodies of people who had died in the plague had been buried on Black Heath, so the crows were like “death is here” and we were standing there in these unisex togas just like (starts laughing) it felt like a dream…

R: They’re really wonderful, the Vivienne Westwood crowd. It was really great collaborating with them.

A: They wanted us to play around and add our own style too, so in that sense we were able to wear the togas as we wanted and there were so many different ways to do that. It was such a surreal experience.

R: They’ve been very kind to us. We went to London Fashion Week and we went to some parties and it was like a scene out of Zoolander. It was great, and it was good to kind of realise that it’s all a show, it’s like being in a circus. It was cool.


You all studied fine art & visual art at University, and Dream Wife was initially an art project that blossomed in to a band. Aside from the Westwood project and your music, do you still find time to create other forms of art?

A: We collaborate with a lot of other creatives in London and elsewhere, so with Dream Wife it’s not just about the recordings or an album, it’s bigger than that. We’re thinking about the artwork, what the videos will look like, and what the vision is aesthetically.

For the show we filmed at Halloween at the Moth Club, Bella built the whole set in her bedroom out of cardboard. We are still really hands on in other ways, but the music has taken up more of our time.We just wanted to put on a show where you feel like you’re immersed in a world, and people can feel like a part of that.  

Finally, any bands/albums you can recommend listening to?

B: The Garden Centre

A: Definitely Nova Twins.

R: I love Solange’s new album. That changed my life. She has a way of speaking to people that I’ve not heard before.

A: There’s so much new music it’s hard to choose.

R: There are a lot of good bands in London. I mean, we’re based in Brighton, but we were never really part of a band scene, we were just studying Art at Uni and had friends there. It’s fun to come to London and not realise you’re part of a scene. It’s nice going to a bar and realising most people in there are musicians.

A: Yeah, we were kind of in the art bubble a bit. Even when we’re back in Brighton it’s cool to realise who else is making music and that this scene does exist and you are part of it.

Dream Wife are most certainly ‘part of it’ after their sweaty show at Old Blue Last. Huge thanks to Alice, Bella & Rakel for answering my questions. Follow Dream Wife on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Francesca Allen

Kate Crudgington