London-based feminist punk band Dream Nails rage against the ‘bullshit culture’ of office work in new single Corporate Realness, their first release on UK indie label Alcopop! Records.
The song pokes fun at corporate life, while offering solidarity to everyone suffering existential angst at work, and was launched earlier this week at a sold-out show at The Old Blue Last in London.
Fittingly, the band has excited Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who will be releasing the song in the USA through his label Firebrand Records.
Dream Nails are Janey Starling (vocals), Anya Pearson (guitar and backing vocals), Mimi Jasson (bass and backing vocals) and Lucy Katz (drums).
The lyrics – which remind us “You are not your job/Work is not your life/You are not what you must do in order to survive” – began to take shape in an email exchange between Janey (vocals) and Anya (guitar and vocals) while they were plugging away at their day-jobs.
Janey said: “This is a song about soul-crushing office work and the bizarrely self-important terms of phrase that only exist at desk jobs. So many of us are living a bleak late-capitalist performance day-in, day-out, and this is a song to name it and rage about it! Three people have told us that seeing us play this song live gave them the guts to quit their jobs.”
Lucy added: “Our culture fetishizes overwork, we’re encouraged to pride our participation in unpaid overtime and side hustles (sponsored by Pret sandwiches and bad coffee) as proof of our value to society; no wonder we’re all so burnt out and anxious! Corporate Realness is a punk antidote to this and a reminder that your identity is not the same as your productive labour.”
Jack from Alcopop! enthused: “I’ve been a fan of Dream Nails ever since the moment I heard Vagina Police, and we’re very proud to be working on this record with them. Oh, and Tom Morello!
“The band are fizzing with energy, with a lot of important things to say. This first single is just a taster of what’s to come and it’s absolutely superb – as well as being extremely relatable…”
For fans of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, Dream Wife, The Regrettes and The Ramones, Dream Nails are a punk force to be reckoned with. Founded by feminist activists in 2015, this hotly-tipped band mix political rage with contagious pop-punk joy, winning hearts (and funds for abortion charities) wherever they go.
The female four-piece have built a reputation across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia for their live shows. They have toured with Cherry Glazerr, Bleached and Petrol Girls (whose latest album Cut & Stitch is reviewed HERE), and this year headlined Glastonbury’s Sisterhood stage, as well as appearing at the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool (reviewed HERE).
They’ve won support from Tom Robinson (BBC6), Huw Stephens (Radio 1), John Kennedy (XFM), and from now on the ubiquitous email sign off ‘Kind regards’ will forever conjure up thoughts of Corporate Realness.
You can catch Dream Nails live on the following dates:
15 October – York, The Crescent (supporting She Drew The Gun)
16 October – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (supporting She Drew The Gun)
17 October – London, Electric Ballroom (supporting She Drew The Gun)