Dum Dum Girls

Thursday

SXSW Records

Dum Dum Girls

I Will Be (Sub Pop)

Sprung from the brain of enigmatic artist Kristen Gundred (aka Dee Dee), L.A.'s Dum Dum Girls began as a solo act releasing the odd EP and 7-inch and bloomed into an all-girl quartet paying homage both to Iggy Pop ("Dum Dum Boy") and the peppy girl-group harmonies your parents grew up listening to. The Girls' debut gets off to a dark and dangerous start with "It Only Takes One Night," while single "Jail La La" is a comedic, upbeat exploration of a night gone wrong. "Blank Girl" is the sexy standout, a sock-hop-ready bop about young womanhood, with Brandon Welchez of San Diego's Crocodiles singing, "It's so sweet to see you make it on your own from duck to swan." Some interesting toying with gender dynamics there, and it's a pleasingly sly subversion. I Will Be provides a welcome and not so dumb dumb tweak to the same old fuzzed-out garage lexicon. (Thu., 12mid, Galaxy Room Backyard.)

***

READ MORE
More Dum Dum Girls
SXSW 2014 Records
Dum Dum Girls
Too True (Record Review)

Melanie Haupt, March 14, 2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday Reviews
Dum Dum Girls
End of Daze (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, Nov. 2, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Canvas People
City Boy Slump (Record Review)

Bryan Rolli, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Vallejo
Unified, Unificados (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Melanie Haupt
<i>The Wangs vs. the World</i>
The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang

Nov. 4, 2016

Finding Community With Bread Church
Finding Community With Bread Church
Local parish comes together around baking

July 22, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Dum Dum Girls

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)