Five reasons to see: Dum Dum Girls
- Camilla Pia
- 10 September 2010
1. They’re bringing badass back to rock ‘n’ roll.
Just take a peep at these LA-based lasses. What else could they do apart from be in a brilliant band? With their poster-worthy girl gang image, icon-in-waiting names (Dee Dee, Jules, Bambi and Sandy Vu) and fizzing rhythmic pop songs, they make their peers look and sound a little, well, feeble in comparison
2. Where Sub Pop point, we follow …
The Seattle record label has given us Nirvana, The Shins and Mudhoney over the years, and more recently such awesomeness as Avi Buffalo, No Age, Beach House and, yes, our very own Dum Dum Girls. If there was one label we’d trust unfalteringly with our precious ears, it’s Sub Pop.
3. Ich liebe
No other debut album this year has managed to harness such a compelling mix of romance and menace. Its eleven tracks tell tales of longing and rebellion all fuelled by urgent riffs, click-clack drums and even the odd bit of German. Fantastisch!
4. Dee Dee does fashionably scuzzy singalongs with a twist.
We’re used to acts like Wavves, Best Coast and Surfer Blood peddling a similar grunge-inspired sound, but the Dum Dum Girls’ leader has made sure her ladies push it in more diverse directions – think The Ronettes, Iggy Pop and The Vaselines as main musical influences.
5. A Yeah Yeah Yeah says, umm, yeah!
YYY guitarist Nick Zinner loves Dum Dum Girls. You’ll find him lending his fretboard magic to ‘Yours Alone’ and we like to imagine his bedecked-in-black spectre haunting these forthcoming Glasgow shows like some sort of gothy, ‘I know what I’m talking about cos I’m in an ace band’ authority. Boy knows his stuff.
Dum Dum Girl support MGMT, Barrowlands, Glasgow, Mon 20 & Tue 21 Sep; and are supported by Come on Gang!, Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Wed 22 Sep.