Finally! 2016 is over and I made my way to The Old Blue last to check out DIY magazine’s top picks for the new year.
First off is Dama Scout. The Glasgow-via-London outfit warm up the crowd with their fuzzy riffs. Their introvert stage presence mixed with youthful enthusiasm makes an interesting contrast in this live setting. Next band on is Venture Lows. Their unique set up with two bass guitars makes for expectations which sadly they don’t deliver. Manchester outfit, Luxury Death, have barely been around a year but already developed a distinctive sound. The boyfriend-girlfriend duo’s melodic outlash works surprisingly well when played live. The headliners of the night are Icelandic trio, Dream Wife, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you soon will because these girls are definitely a musical dream. With their Riot Girrl attitude and infectious sexually charged performance, fronted by the viciously seductive, Rakel Mjöll, these girls know how to kick up a storm. Giving us songs like the seductive ‘Lolita’ and thundering ‘FUU’, mixed with yet unreleased material, Dream Wife have us on the edge of what’s coming next. “I wanna fuck you up”, Rakel screams at the moshing crowd, knowing exactly where she’s got her adoring fans. Hello 2017 may come to an end this Tuesday, but we will surely see more of these bad, bad bitches.
As the evening rounds up and the amps are turned off, we leave the venue with a little more insight of what’s to come in 2017, and so far – it sounds freaking great.