The Dum Dum Girls is the imagined vision of what an all-girl garage band would be according to one Kristen Gundred. Renaming herself as Dee Dee and recruiting three other girls – Jules, Sandy, and Malia – to form the band, Dee Dee has the quartet dress in strict all-black attire and adhere to a specific garage sound. Through two full lengths and couple more EPs, the Dum Dum Girls have 60s retro DIY aesthetic that they developed. It was only though their excellent 2012 EP End of Daze though that I started getting Dum Dum Girls.
End of Daze showcases a sleeker, more powerful, and more polished version of the Dum Dum Girls. The garage sound is a little louder, the atmosphere a little fuller. Dee Dee herself has gone into full Chrissy Hynde mode.
Their newest record, Too True, is a full length version of what End of Daze only allowed us a peek of. With the added assistance of Richard Gottehrer and The Raveonette‘s Sune Rose Wagner, there is an added sheen and shine to the Dum Dum Girls‘ songs. The band may have in fact gone beyond the constraints of a garage sound. I can imagine through years of careful progression, this version of Dum Dum Girls is what Dee Dee has always imagined the band to be.
Watch the video for single Lost Boys and Girls Club embedded below.
Dum Dum Girls – Too True comes out 1/28 via Subpop (order here)