A key band in the late 2000s/early 2010s UK antifolk DIY scene, David Cronenberg’s Wife (‘DCW’ for short) served as a catalyst for other like-minded bands in London to follow suit. DCW played The Fat White Family’s infamous Slide In night in Brixton in late 2013, with the FWF returning the favour several months later by playing the antifolk fest run by DCW songwriter Tom Mayne. DCW’s sound thus stands as a template for many of the current crop of south London guitar bands such as Goat Girl and Shame.

With three BBC 6 Music sessions under their belt (two on Marc Riley, one on Cerys Matthews), and three albums released by the independent Blang Records, DCW returned to the studio in 2018 to record the new EP, made up of current live stalwart Rules, and songs previously unrecorded such as You Should See and The Dude of Love that focus on slice-of-life storytelling. Having supported the likes of The Fall, The Fat White Family, and The Nightingales, their live shows remain one of the London scene’s most vital alternative rock experiences.

Mayne composes the songs and, despite possessing only seven fingers (a congenital deformity humorously represented on the front cover of the new EP), he also plays the guitar. With influences ranging from The Birthday Party to Jonathan Richman, DCW’s songs swing between the sweet and the disturbing. Their strength lies in the fact you’re never quite sure what side you’re going to get – DCW never play the same set twice. Whether playing acoustic twisted lullabies or in-your-face electric hollers the lyrics catch you off guard with their openness, black humour and off-the-wall themes.