David Cronenberg's Wife
"Motorik rock’n’roll minimalism"
David Cronenberg’s Wife was formed in 2004, following songwriter Tom Mayne’s move from Stockport to London. The other members of the band are Stuart Saunderson (drums), Thom Alder (guitar/violin), Jez Walton (bass), Adam (guitar) and Mary Boe (keyboards).
After over 120 gigs in London and across the UK – supporting the likes of Wreckless Eric, The Nightingales and Damo Suzuki - David Cronenberg’s Wife (DCW for short) signed to the independent Blang label in 2007.
The debut album Bluebeard’s Rooms (2008) was hailed by The Fly as “one of the albums of the year”. Their second album Hypnagogues was released in November 2009, and described by Loud & Quiet as “deliciously dark and compelling, full of tension and spook, bile and bite” and “bitterly humorous” by the NME.
The band has played sessions for Cerys Matthews and Marc Riley’s on BBC 6Music. Both both Riley and Radio 2’s Mark Lamarr included Runaway Pram in their ‘best of 2008’ shows: Lamarr described it as ‘where genius meets idiocy’. 6Music’s Tom Robinson included Sweden in his ‘best of 2009’ show.
Tom writes the songs and, despite possessing only seven fingers (a congenital deformity), he also plays guitar. With influences ranging from The Birthday Party to Jonathan Richman, DCW’s songs swing between the sweet and the disturbing. 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 sometimes troubling themes; DCW takes dark morally dubious story-telling to new lengths.