Fri 24 Jan 2020
Artists watched: Dream Wife
Not only another online ticket but a rubbish portrait one too. Boo!
My first gig of the year and of the decade, and it's free! And it's a band I love watching live too! Win win win!
This was my third Dream Wife gig and the first headline gig, as I had previously only seen them at festivals. Their eponymous debut was my favourite album of 2018, and the live performances have been fantastic.
They've been quiet for 12 months or so but on Monday this week the band announced on social media that they were playing a free gig to showcase some new songs - and I managed to get tickets when they went on "sale" the following day. In fact they "sold out" in 5 minutes! I know that they're free - but people wouldn't grab them unless they actually like the band and want to go, so I was glad I set my alarm and grabbed one.
I've never been to Peckham before and my only real knowledge of it is The Taking Of Peckham 123 by Carter USM (what a TUNE).
Peckham could do with a bit of a spruce up. The venue was lovely though. A brand new one for me - it only opened in October, and it calls itself a nightclub, although one with a permanent stage. I overheard the organisers say that the capacity was 160 - it's very well designed, with a good vantage point in most of the club to see the band.
Last week I had the smart idea of convening an online meeting with 40 other people this evening. When I got my ticket for tonight I thought - well the gig starts at 7.15pm, I'll be done in an hour, plenty of time to get it all over and go and see the band. Except I'm below ground level in this club, and I have no mobile signal, and no wifi. I have to lose my excellent position near the front of the stage and stand in the street and type endless messages on Slack. Mobile phone reception in Peckham high street isn't much better - one of the worst in the Western World, by all accounts ...
I get back in to the venue 10 minutes before start time. I walk up to the sound desk, notice a chair, and ask the sound guy if I can sit there. Yeah, he says, no problem. Suddenly I've got one of the best views in the house!
So, the gig. 12 songs - a nice mix of old and new. Lots of extended versions, lots of chat with the crowd too. Rakel always looks like she's having the best time of her life, but (as usual) the whole band were really enjoying themselves. The sound in the venue was good - I think the lights gave me epilepsy, but that's another story.
The new songs were Hasta La Vista, Cheap Thrills, Sports and So When U Gonna Kiss Me - which must be the next single, because they played it at the start of the set AND for the encore as well. They also did a Conga Line, marked on the setlist as "Conga Line", but I don't know if that's a new song called Conga Line or just a ... conga line.
The new songs are sounding fantastic, and I'm looking forward to the new album which should hit the "shops" some time in 2020.
I took a lot of photos but rather than put up all 113 of them (!) one by one, I have managed to upload them all to Google Photos and embed them into a slideshow/scrollable widget, thanks to a script I found on publicalbum.org:
- Hey Heartbreaker
- So When U Gonna Kiss Me
- Hasta la Vista
- Cheap Thrills
- Conga Line
- Let's Make Out
- So When U Gonna Kiss Me (again)