👻 Moth Club – 31st October 👻
It’s Halloween on a Monday night, Dream Wife are headlining Moth Club, and you might not know it yet, but you’re going to have an amazing time. Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass) may have started Dream Wife as a gallery exhibition featuring a “fake girl band” back when they were art students in Brighton, but in the past year, it’s become a show of theatrical punk-pop that surrenders itself to nostalgia. It’s also really, really fun.
Dream Wife take you back to a time when the best of times were to be had smuggling hip-flasks of alcohol into small hometown venues to see noisy bands that scared your parents and left you bruised, drunk and a little confused, but sweaty and victorious. Tonight, surrounded by a costumed crowd that can barely stop pushing each other about, screaming the band’s lyrics and dancing on tables, whatever your age, it’s hard not to be taken back to a time of teenage carefree abandon.
From the angsty rage of ‘FUU’, which is all grizzled guitars and anthemic chants (plus a mid-song Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ rap breakdown, of course), to the fuzzy indie-pop of ‘Kids’, Dream Wife ooze a youthful energy that isn’t afraid to border on ridiculous and take the crowd with them. The former is one particular highlight. There will arguably be very few times in your life where you’ll witness a corpse bride screaming “I wanna fuck you up!” whilst crowd-surfing across an audience of ghouls, ghosts and vampires, but there, you’ve just seen it.
All it takes now is a full-scale stage invasion, which arrives in the form of the ever-punchy set-closer ‘Hey Heartbreaker’, to bring tonight’s party to a triumphant close. With an exhilarating live show and the crowd to match, it’s hard to believe there will ever be another Halloween quite like this one.
Photos by April Arabella.