Youth in Revolt:
Just when it seems Punk really is dead along comes all-female trio Dream Wife with this intense and idiosyncratic debut which, if it doesn’t quite reinvent New Wave, certainly re-infuses it with youthful charisma.
Having formed initially as part of a performance art project, the band have developed a formidable reputation as a live act, but their anarchic image is backed up by tracks as infectious as Fire, Somebody and Love Without Reason – all defined by angular guitar, pulsating bass and Icelandic-born Rakel Mjöll’s spiky, sloganeering vocals.
In a perfect world all bands would sound like Dream Wife, but it’s encouraging at least that just one of them does.
This review first appeared in the Irish News