An Interview With…Dream Wife (a Halloween Special)

Bella, Rakel and Alice of Dream Wife list the beautiful, powerful and fucked up women of David Lynch movies and drag culture as influence, and they notably have apowerful magic to their stage presence. This time you can really see them in their element as they’re throwing a Halloween Graveyard Party at London’s Moth Club.

Just as it is for modern day witches, DIY culture and feminist/LGBTQ communities have been playing a great part in the life of Dream Wife. Started out as a performance piece at art school and recorded tracks in Alice’s bedroom, the group has now gone further than they’ve ever expected. They’ve quickly become a significant part of London’s thriving creative community through collaboration with photographers such as Maisie Cousins and writers such as Polyester’s Ione Gamble amongst others. After the wild success of their ‘EP01’ earlier this year the trio finally signed to Lucky Number, started recording their debut album and
introduced us to some of our favourite music videos of the year.

 

The latest one, ‘Lolita’, is probably their most empowering (and spookiest) one yet. Directed by Sam Boullier and Eleanor Hardwick, the video shows them playing both victims and villains, paying respect to movies such as The Blair Witch Project or The Shining while representing the horror genre with a feminist twist. Basically the perfect video to watch when you want to put your headphones on and dance alone in the dark to some angry music at 2AM. I hope you’re doing it right now. If not, then just read our interview with them as we asked them about all things creepy as a warm up for their Halloween party.

 

In a famous Halloween episode of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer everyone was under a spell and turned into their respective persona, so became real ghosts and real monsters and, of course, total chaos erupted. What if I told you this Halloween everyone’s going to turn into whatever they’re wearing for one night only? What would you wear?

Rakel: I’m not really sure what I’m going to be on Halloween… I only really wanted to be an evil fairy, because we watched documentaries about fairies in
Iceland and wanted to know more about it. So yeah, an Evil Fairy from Iceland!
That sounds like myself in a way.

Alice: I might go as Alice Cooper! So I can be Alice Cooper for one night only!

Alice to Bella: You’d be a really cute ghost!

Bella: You’ve been dressing me up as a ghost as long as you’ve known me! … I don’t know, maybe like a Panther…

Is there any costume that one should never ever wear?

Alice: There are so many lazy costumes, maybe people should be just creative
with it. Lazy costumes are just the worst, like, why bother?

Rakel: I don’t like when people dress up as sports hooligans because that’s a totally different thing.

Bella: Also you don’t have to be offensive to be scary. I don’t want to see
any ‘black face’. People do have to think about how their costume affect other
people and respect those boundaries.

If you could only watch one horror movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Alice: Inland Empire, which is this really, really long David Lynch movie,  which is just really fucked up! Every time I’ve gone to watch that I’ve never watched it in one go, I could watch that for the rest of my life and still never see it.

Bella: Probably The Shining for me. It’s just perfect.

Rakel: I don’t like horror films a lot but I would probably watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, but that’s because it’s really cute… and a bit scary. I’m afraid of the dark.

Is there any particular cemetery where you like to hang?

Bella: Oh we love cemeteries! Nunhead Cemetery, Alice and I moved to Nunhead to be close to the cemetery.

Rakel: That’s why it’s called ‘The Graveyard Party’ [their Halloween party]. It’s a very personal thing. My favourite one is the oldest cemetery in Reykjavik, it’s really beautiful because it’s got so many trees everywhere and Reykjavik doesn’t really have a lot of trees. It’s special in a way as it’s easy for trees to grow there. [People believe] when someone dies you’d plant a tree so that their spirit would live on in the tree, continue on growing. So your human remains would be a part of the soil for the tree to live. I often go with my grandma to visit her parents and she would always tell me the story and
tell me how big their trees are, and how big their spirits are living in the
tree.

Rakel: Graveyards can definitely be scary at some point but I think sometimes really beautiful and you can have really amazing conversations [there]. Especially in London there are just so many wild graveyards, they just let the trees grow and the stones brake and they become almost like the jungles of London, nature is taking over. Every single meter in London is used for some construction and then there’s the graveyard, very peaceful. Great place for dates.

If you could talk to a famous ghost who would you talk to?

Alice: David Bowie.

Rakel to Alice: Really recent ghost.

Alice: Baby ghost.

Bella to Alice: Bowie wouldn’t have much to say about the afterlife yet, would he?

Alice: I just want to speak to him, I never got to when he was alive so I gotta get it when I can.

Bella: Maybe someone who died under mysterious circumstances.

Alice: The Black Dahlia.

Bella: Yeah, I would speak to her.

Rakel: I would probably want to speak to a witch from Salem. I would really want to know what was happening [to them] at the time, if it was because they were using herbal medicine so they were competition, or if it was because of
some incident. I’d really want to know their side … The Salem witch trials, I’m
really curious about that.

Bella: [It] was about fear of things existing outside the patriarchy. People being persecuted because they did things that didn’t make sense within their
constructs. But even then, some of them weren’t even practising witches.

What are you most excited about this Halloween?

 Alice: Having a great party with our friends!

Bella: We’ve curated the line-up, got lots of friends playing and DJing…

Rakel: We’ve curated every single minute! And it’s all friends of ours so it’s just gonna be a huge party with a lot of really good people and musicians. And I’m also excited about Alice Cooper!

On collaborating with friends:

Bella: It’s about building things together and at the end of the day what can be more fun than making great stuff with your friends?

Alice: We’ve collaborated with a lot of people and they’ve always been friends or people we’ve completely respected. We’re just really lucky to know a lot of
people in decent artist groups and it kind of just happens quite naturally.

Rakel: I think there’s a level of respect for each other’s art form. We’re
quite excited about our next collaboration, which is going to come out soon-ish, and that’s with an Icelandic rapper, Vigdís. That’ll be pretty epic, once
that comes out. I don’t think you would have necessarily linked us to that collaboration so I’m really excited to see people’s reaction.

Get your tickets for the freakiest graveyard party on Dice and dress to impress!

Interview by Dora Pocsai

Happy First Birthday To Us

Girls Against has changed my life. I realise this is a statement which has been slightly marred by the Soy Latte, aviator clad LA elite but please believe me when I say that Girls Against, truly and definitely has changed my life.

Not to sound too morbid or #fakedeep but this campaign has given my life a bit more purpose. I’m still doing exactly what I would be doing regardless if Girls Against existed or not. I’m still at uni doing the degree I wanted to before, still living in Scotland just now I have to answer a lot more emails, I get recognised a bit more and I don’t generally have to pay for gig tickets. Regardless of the fact that physically my life hasn’t changed much the purpose of it has. I used to say to my Mum that all I wanted to do was help people and change the world when she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know, I was an intense kid. Through Girls Against though I’m fulfilling those life long dreams. At 18 years old.

When I think about the influence Girls Against has for too long it sometimes makes me a bit dizzy and I kind of want to throw up. Which is why I don’t because I do not have time to clean up the whitey. From what started out as an idea on a group chat with people I’d met once in my life for about 3 hours has developed into an international ‘movement’ (i put movement into quotation marks because I’m afraid of taking myself too seriously). It’s a campaign with over 14 thousand followers and international press coverage. Fourteen thousand people. That number is too large for me to comprehend at 11 at night on a Thursday.

Because I do all the press for Girls Against I’ve been asked more times than I can remember if in the beginning I saw the campaign becoming what it has. Of course, my answer is no every time but I think because of the frequency that I get asked it this question has lost a bit of meaning.  However, now that I’m forcing myself to properly think about it I can definitely say no. We absolutely had no idea we would be in the position that we are now at the beginning. At Girls Against’s conception we were four teenagers who just had similar music tastes and considered ourselves feminists. In fact, that’s pretty much all I knew about Anni and Bea one year ago. As time went on, in fact within the first two days of Girls Against, our thoughts were usually something along the lines of ‘shit, this is getting a bit big’. We hit 500 followers, then 1000 followers, then 5000, then ten thousand etc etc. And not to sound too sappy – but at the same time completely sappy because it’s our first birthday – Anni, Anna and Bea are now my best friends in the world, the people I’d trust with anything and the people I know the best.

Girls Against has been the biggest learning curve I’ve ever been through. I think sometimes people forget that we are four teenage girls who juggle this campaign with school and uni work, home life and maintaining a social life. For anyone wondering as a result of Girls Against I now have some of the best time management skills of any 18 year old, just saying. This campaign is not an easy thing to do. There are days where we all slack and we all fall behind on the work required to keep this thing moving. Keeping this campaign running includes, answering 5 to 10 press emails a day, conducting my own emails to venues, security companies and other social campaigns, answering twitter notifications, answering 3-5 twitter DMs a day, keeping the blog updated, conducting interviews, managing merch orders, managing over 80 international Girls Against reps… and the list goes on. However, the fact that we get to help people every day and see the real life impact of what we are doing every day makes up for it. The fact that we get a few free gigs thrown in doesn’t hurt either. Also, having people recognise you at gigs is a bit weird and just reminds me I really need to get a new twitter @ but is sometimes quite fun.

I know I might seem like a bit of a wank for complaining about the amount of work required for the up keep of Girls Against because after all it is our campaign and although we didn’t know we would be where we are it could have been foreseeable. Believer me I am not complaining because Girls Against is so much fun and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I know I may seem like a broken record but I feel I really need to emphasise this.

I hope everyone who has interacted with Girls Against as a result of an assault or harassment at a gig has felt supported and has gotten what they were looking for from us. The victims are why we set up this campaign and you are the reason we are still going. Everything else is just add ons. I hope Girls Against has managed to be the person at the other end of the line ready to comfort you and set you on your way to moving on and processing your experience.

Right enough of the sappy shit on with the BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS !

In celebration of our first birthday we’re putting out some exclusive merch. Up until now we’d simply been spreading the word through the medium of some super cute badges and that’s been great and all but it’s now time to move onto bigger and better things. Details of the different bundles available are below, this post should go live at 4 o,clock GMT and so the merch should go live exactly one hour later at 5PM GMT ! This should give you enough time to get yourself together and get your card out / ask your mum for money. We’ve tried to keep the costs as low as possible so that the most amount of people as possible are able to support Girls Against. Please when ordering your bundle or badges select THE CORRECT SHIPPING. This is very important because if you have not selected the correct shipping option for your product we will be unable to ship it to you until you have paid the correct amount. Don’t worry if you do, it can be easily solved but try your best not to mess it up thanks. Please expect your order to come within the next 28 days as we’re still waiting on a few shipments coming in. We will keep you up to date with your order via the email you provide when you place your order. We have very limited numbers so please get your order in quick as we do expect to sell out (hopefully, otherwise this is gonna be a bit awkardf…). As per usual UK and EU shipping is available – sorry America we’re working on it we swear x

Lots of love,

Hann from Girls Against 💜

ALL MERCH AVAILABLE ON girlsagainst.tictail.com

THE BIRTHDAY BUNDLE :

OUR EXCLUSIVE FIRST BIRTHDAY MERCH BUNDLE – £13

As a thank you to all of our amazing supporters and in celebration of our first birthday we’re finally releasing more merch ! This bundle includes our famous badges worn by the likes of Slaves, Baby Strange and The 1975, some of our new vinyl stickers that can go on your laptop or guitar our brand new Girls Against guitar pics and it all comes in the brand new birthday exclusive Girls Against tote bag! We have very limited orders on this bundle so make sure you get your order in fast ! We’ve tried to keep the price as fair as possible so it means that the most amount of people as possible have an opportunity to support the campaign. Please don’t worry if you were unable to get the bundle this time around as each individual product will be sold separately in the future and there are other products and bundles available today!

THIS BUNDLE INCLUDES :
1 x Birthday exclusive tote bag.
3 x Classic Girls Against badges.
2 x New vinyl Girls Against stickers.
1 x New Girls Against guitar pics.
+ SHIPPING (UK and EU shipping now available)
PLEASE SELECT THE CORRECT SHIPPING OPTION FOR THIS PRODUCT

THE BITS AND BOBS BUNDLE – £5

This bundle includes our staple 2 of our staple Girls Against badges, one of our vinyl Girls Against stickers and 2 of our exclusive birthday guitar pics.

2 x Girls Against badges
1 x Girls Against sticker
2 x Exclusive Girls Against birthday guitar pics
+ Postage (UK, EU and US postage available)
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CLASSIC PIN BADGE ORDER

Every order includes two of our gorgeous logo pin badges! As seen on the likes of Slaves, Drenge, Hinds and Honeyblood, you can wear your pin to gigs as a sign of solidarity.

Price breakdown:
£1 – Logo pin badge X2
+ Postage and packing (UK and EU available)
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