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Listen to Dream Nails’ fearless summer slammer Take Up Space

Dream Nails 2021
(Image credit: Alcopop!)

London queer feminist punk quartet Dream Nails have shared their empowering summer anthem Take Up Space, which drummer Lucy Katz calls “a surf punk banger calling for girls, gays and theys to take up space this summer.” 

Released on Alcopop! in the UK and Dine Alone in the US.Canada, Take Up Space is Dream Nails’ first release with new lead singer Leah Kirby (they/them pronouns), who says: “This is a bop which acknowledges the injustice with cis male dominated spaces. It’s an anthem for those who are negatively impacted by patriarchal oppression. It’s a call for us to reclaim our bodies and take ownership of ourselves. We want to live without fear, we want to live freely, we want to take up space!”

Guitarist Anya Pearson adds: “There is an epidemic of male violence on our streets and women and LGBT+ people are expected to police what we wear, where we go and what we do in order to ‘stay safe‘. Ironically, when we protest about these issues, we are then subject to oppressive policing!” 

“I love this song because it really evokes a better, more joyful world, where women and LGBTQ+ people can take up space without fear,” says bassist Mimi Jasson.

Recorded in July, Take Up Space was produced and mixed by Tarek Musa, who also produced Dream Nails’ 2020 self-titled debut album. The video was shot on location at Musa’s recording studio in Liverpool and Lucy Katz’s house in Hackney.

The quartet have UK tour dates lined up for the autumn. They’ll visit:

Sep 01 Cardiff, The Moon Club
Sep 02 Bristol, Louisiana
Sep 03 Nottingham, Bodega
Sep 04 Birmingham, Muther’s Studio
Sep 05 Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
Sep 07 York, Fulford Arms
Sep 08 Glasgow, Hug & Pint
Sep 09 Sheffield, Sidney & Matilda 
Sep 10 Manchester, Castle Hotel 
Sep 11 Liverpool, Kazimier Stockroom 
Sep 12 Leicester, Duffy’s Bar 
Sep 13 Norwich, Voodoo Daddy’s Showroom
Sep 15 Southampton, Heartbreakers (supporting Subways)
Sep 18 London, Roundhouse (supporting Frank Turner) 

Oct 09 Middlesbrough, Twisterella festival 
Oct 30 London, Oslo

Nov 14 Edinburgh, Stag & Dagger festival