“The Dum Dum Girls… From the discordant depths of the indie underworld comes a lo-fi superstar.” NME
LIVE DATES CONFIRMED FOR MAY
ALBUM ‘I WILL BE’’ ON MARCH 29th
NEW SINGLE ‘JAIL LA LA’ OUT NOW
Featured as the #1 best band at 2009’s CMJ festival and currently in the UK for their final show at London’s Madam JoJo’s tonight, DUM DUM GIRLS have confirmed for a UK headline tour for May as well as Primervera on 29th May as part as a wider European tour.
Led by Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls churn out pop music that adheres to her self-proclaimed M.O.: “blissed-out buzz saw.” Their debut album, “I Will Be’ is released on March 29th via Sub Pop.
Dee Dee formed DDG in late 2008 as a solo project—the name a nod to both The Vaselines’ album, Dum-Dum, and the Iggy Pop song “Dum Dum Boys”— and released a home-recorded CDR on her label Zoo Music followed by a 7" on HoZac and a 12" EP on Captured Tracks.
When Dee Dee needed a band to take her songs out of the bedroom, she looked to her friends: Jules, a San Diego-based furniture designer; Bambi, a non-profit worker in Austin; and Brooklynite Frankie Rose, a former Vivian Girl and Crystal Stilt. When the other three met for the first time a week before CMJ 2009, it was an instant girl gang.
Dee Dee wrote and recorded the songs that became I Will Be over the first eight months of 2009, and she asked a few others to contribute. Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner plays on “Yours Alone.” Crocodiles’ Brandon Welch sings and plays guitar on the duet “Blank Girl.” And Los Angeles musician Andrew Miller contributes guitars to a number of tracks.
When it came time to choose someone to gently finesse I Will Be, the name Richard Gottehrer came up on Dee Dee’s wish list. Responsible for writing such seminal songs as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and “I Want Candy,” he also produced his own short-lived band The Strangeloves, as well as The Voidoids, Blondie, The Go-Gos, and more recently, The Raveonettes. Marvels Dee Dee, “I gave him all the rough tracks and he produced them, as I had a lot of digital effects acting as sort of placeholders. I’m not exactly sure what he did, but it’s a world of difference. The songs sound warm, and they kind of sparkle.”
I Will Be runs just under thirty minutes with eleven songs; a short tribute to love, loss, fear, fun, and the classic pop form of the ‘60s girl groups and early punk rockers. Explaining the album’s dark-and-sunny feel, Dee Dee says, “There’s an overdramatic tone, much like a teenager’s world, but applied to the experience of getting older.” No track better exemplifies that sentiment than the somnolent “Rest of Our Lives,” a lullaby about marriage that captures, she says, “that feeling when you’re 16 and you think you’re going to be with your boyfriend forever. And that you’d just die if you weren’t. Except it’s about my husband.”
On the other end of the spectrum, “Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout” (the curious spelling being slang for marijuana) spends roughly two-and-a-half minutes musing on the virtues of psychedelics. And “Lines Her Eyes” touches on petty girl-on-girl competition, while the band’s recent single, “Jail La La” updates the Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law” with a reverb-laden sing-along.
What’s with the bipolar songs? “I tend to be an introvert. So there’s a lot of time for weird thoughts to develop in my head before I put them down on paper,” says Dee Dee. “And it’s really bizarre living in Southern California. It’s that total stereotype of being super-laidback, this ‘everything’s perfect’ vibe. But you’re miserable in the sun because you’re stuck. Like, it’s so perfect that it’s overwhelming and depressing. That’s sorta inspiring.”
CONFIRMED MAY DATES
13-May London Luminaire
14-May Manchester Sound Control
15-May Leeds Brudenell Social Club
16-May Lancaster Lancaster Library
17-May Glasgow Stereo
18-May Dublin Whelans
29-May Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival
I Will Be Tracklisting
1. It Only Takes One Night, 2. Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout, 3. Oh Mein M, 4. Jail La La, 5. Rest of Our Lives, 6. Yours Alone, 7. Blank Girl, 8. I Will Be, 9. Lines Her Eyes, 10. Everybody’s Out, 11. Baby Don’t Go
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