"Fuck sorry, fuck please, will you so kindly start again."
That's the opening like on Dream Wife's big comeback single, 'Sports!' - and bloody Nora, Dear Reader, are they apt. There's nothing apologetic about the former Dork cover stars' return, in the best of all possible ways.
The London based trio - that's Alice Go, Bella Podpadec and Rakel Mjöll - dropped their acerbically ace self-titled debut back in 2018. Now, they're back with a first taster of its follow up, 'So When You Gonna...', which is set to arrive on 3rd July.
Dealing - according to a press statement - with topics such as abortion, miscarriage, and gender equality, it's also produced entirely by a non-male team of producer and mixer Marta Salogni (Björk, Holly Herndon, FKA Twigs), engineer Grace Banks (David Wrench, Marika Hackman) and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Princess Nokia, Alex G, Beach House).
Speaking about 'Sports!', which also has a typically sporty video, the band explain: “Sports! sits on multiple levels; of satire and celebration, of nonsense and commonsense, of the body and the mind, of IRL and digital. The video simultaneously plays with and celebrates 'sports' through multiple levels of reality and non-reality; exploring the nonsense of sports, toying with the seriousness of competition and the rigidity of rules while also asserting how important it is to be in your body, the joy of being in a team, the purpose in doing something for the sake of doing it, the endorphins and the sweat.
"Playing sports is great if that's for you but there are so many other ways to be physical, to be with your body. For us, more often than not, it’s the rock show. Rock n roll is an extreme sport and we're a team.”
As well as the album, Dream Wife are also starting a new podcast under the 'So When You Gonna...' title. Each episode will highlight a different creative, who will explain exactly how they managed to get into their craft.
“It’s an informative thing to feed back to our fans to be able to see about getting into certain industries. It’s about fostering communities. And it’s a skill share,” explains Alice.
“It was amazing to work with this community of womxn on this album who are supporting each other in an industry that is so male-dominated. It was a way of us practicing what we preach. It felt like an honour to be able to deliver this baby with these three amazing midwives.”