CD Review: Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls
I Will Be
Sub Pop
by David Chiu

Listening to this L.A. female quartet’s debut album is like having an early ’60s music flashback. Dum Dum Girls harkens the sound of the great girl groups with some punk rock and pop Not surprisingly, this excellent album was produced by Richard Gottherer, whose previous credits include the Strangeloves, the Go-Gos, the Voidoids and most recently the Raveonettes. The opening track, “It Only Takes One Night,” sets the tone for what the rest of the songs are all about: pop melodies, droning guitar, clattering drums, heavy reverb and singer Dee Dee’s deadpan yet dreamy vocals (she kind of evokes Debbie Harry). A majority of the songs on this record (which, by the way, clocks in under 30 minutes) possess a noir-ish feel from the catchy and liberating “Jail La La ,” to the standout “Blank Girl” and to the haunting finale, the ballad “Baby Don’t Go. I Will Be is such a cool record, enough to put Dum Dum Girls on the map.

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