Not Too Shy: Dream Wife tear punk-pop a new one with ‘Let’s Make Out’


On their self-titled debut album, Dream Wife enter the world propositioning listeners for a makeout sesh and leave it with a promise to fuck you up and cut you up — never mind all the raucous debauchery in between.

The album is currently streaming via Annie Zaleski’s ace piece on NPR, and it officially drops next Friday (January 26). But as of right now, opening track “Let’s Make Out” provides all the whiplash you could ask for during a mid-January slump.

And as you get all worked up, kindly take note: The seemingly benign band name, of course, is meant totally in jest.


“It’s a commentary on the objectification of women; the 1950s American Dream stereotype package. Having the dream house, the dream car and the dream wife,” the band explains in the presser. “We want to flip the script on that. Women aren’t objects; we don’t just fit into one mold. At the start, we joked around calling each other our wives, but by supporting one another, celebrating achievements together and finding strength in female solidarity we’re reclaiming the concept of a ‘wife.’ Being in a band is a marriage in itself.”

The London power-thrash trio rip through North American this spring with Sunflower Bean — including a must-get-ticket-in-advance May 3 gig at Sonia in Cambridge — so get ready to pucker up and press play.


Featured photo by Joanna Kiely.

Dream Wife 2018 North American Tour Dates
January 22: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
January 23: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
May 2: Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at Outer Space #
May 3: Cambridge, MA @ Sonia #
May 4: Montreal, QC @ Petite Campus #
May 5: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison #
May 6: Buffalo, NY @ The Mohawk #
May 8: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern #
May 9: Detroit, MI @ Pike Room #
May 12: Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co. #
May 13:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse #
* with Sleigh Bells
# with Sunflower Bean