Music Mondays: Dum Dum Girls

Giving fans a glimpse into her creative process, Dee Dee, lead singer of the indie-rock group Dum Dum Girls writes: "Desire as muse; Life as experiment; a miracle for every failure and vice-versa.  I put pen to paper and I wrote, and then I sang.  I sang into my own private microphone, in my tiny bedroom studio, with no one save my make-believe coconspirators to hear me, and no one to weight me with the looming pressure of inability.  I was a woman possessed and my possession enabled me." The result is a new album titled Too True that knits up many of the bands influences such as Suede, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna, and even The Stone Roses.


The Dum Dum Girls (a name that pays homage to both Vaseline's Dum Dum and Iggy Pop's Dum Dum Boys) burst on the scene in 2008, performing widely in New York and L.A. before releasing their first album in 2010 I Will Be. The band is fronted by Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez) and has circulated through several different accompanying musicians. The group quickly captured the attention of critics who praised the group's songs as unnervingly original and their musical identity seemingly fully formed right from the start.

Others have noted the Dum Dum Girls' appropriation and celebration of 1960s surf-rock and garage rock along with influences from post-1980s punk including musical nods to The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Writing about the group in the New York Times, journalist Jon Pareles describes the songwriting: "Dee Dee’s lyrics glimpse loss, betrayal, loneliness and death, but she sings them calmly, in productions so finely burnished that the sound washes away the sadness."

Check out "Lost Boys and Girls" and be sure to check out all of the tunes on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!


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