Such is the case with many of the bands that play at The Great Escape, the festival provides an opportunity to reminisce as Brighton becomes something of a nostalgic relic for the acts that either return to where they made their name, or for those who are simply returning home. In the words of Dream Wife, “Suddenly the place you live becomes this festival around you”. The three piece formed while studying at Brighton University not all that long ago, so for Rakel, Alice and Bella next week will certainly be special.
For Dream Wife, the last twelve months could not have gone any better. Their raw, heavy take on classic poolside pop has won the hearts of many, plating up something unique to a table of ‘Meat and Two Veg’ guitar bands. This time last year, the band had just released their debut EP, signed to Lucky Number Records and celebrated by taking a bottle of champagne down to Brighton Beach. It may not be champagne flutes at the ready with the summer time buzz prompting straight swigging from the bottle, but The Great Escape provides the opportunity to revel in their own success. Speaking to GIGsoup’s Ben Bowman, the band take you through their musical picks for the festival and reveal their dreams of living like The Beach Boys.
How does it feel to be playing The Great Escape 2017?
What do you know about the festival?
When we all lived in Brighton there was always this excitement and buzz in the air when TGE was happening. Suddenly the place you live becomes this festival around you and it’s such an honor to get to play it this year.
What can we expect from your set at The Great Escape?
A wild fun time. Expect a high energy rock show, and a whole load of fresh material, let’s dance!
What do you know about the other acts playing this year and who would you like to check out?
There is an absolute onslaught of amazing bands playing this year. We are particularly excited about seeing our friends Eat Fast and Abattior Blues rock the house, also really wanna catch Cherry Glazer and our main babe Girli. HMLTD are also a must see, their live show will blow your mind. When they supported us at Green Door Store a few months back it felt like the whole room was transported to some sort of strobe heavy black lodge-esque zone, so awesome.
What is the best thing about Brighton? / Have you been to Brighton before?
We love Brighton so much. We actually formed Dream Wife while we were all studying at Brighton Uni so this cute little pleasure town it has a very special place in our hearts.
What were you doing this time last year?
This time last year we had recently put our first EP out and it was a busy, exciting time for us. We also went down to Brighton beach with a bottle of champagne and signed a record deal with our label Lucky Number, it was a special moment.
When you go to the Beach what can you not go without? Sunglasses, Pennies for the slot machines? A Ball of some sort?
Normally a portable speaker to keep the beat alive. Maybe some tarot cards if you wanna chill on the beach, look out to sea, and also know your future.
What is the best seaside holiday you’ve been on?
We recently went to Santa Cruz while supporting The Kills on a string of dates around California, that felt like a pretty cool seaside holiday. We decided we were all going to rekindle our childhood surfer dreams and spend our days like the Beach Boys, just three wives surfin by day and rockin by night. There is also potential to rename the band Dream Wave as and when this fantasy comes to light.
What’s your favourite thing to get from the Ice Cream Van?
The classic 99….with sprinkles!
What are your plans for the rest of the Summer?
We are currently in the process of finishing our debut album which we are planning on releasing this year, so that’s super exciting. We are also playing a number of festivals too, we just wanna play sweet music all summer long.
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