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Biography All Music Guide

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Since they emerged at a time when C-86-inspired acts like Vivian Girls and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart were in vogue, it’s little wonder that California’s Dum Dum Girls -- a group whose '60s-inflected lo-fi pop brings to mind acts like Black Tambourine and Dolly Mixture -- became something of a sensation on the indie circuit soon after the release of their first single. In 2008, lead singer Kirstin Gundred (aka Dee Dee) began making solo recordings as Dum Dum Girls, deriving the name both from the Vaselines’ album Dum-Dum and from the Iggy Pop song “Dum Dum Boys.” Over the course of the next year, Dee Dee released a couple singles (a 7" single on Hozac, a four-way split single on Art Fag), a 12" EP (Yours Alone, released via Captured Tracks), and a compilation disc appearance (on Art Fag’s Blissed Out cassette comp). Thanks to the high level of buzz surrounding Dee Dee (and, of course, the quality of the records), Sub Pop signed Dum Dum Girls in 2009.

Dum Dum Girls' first Sub Pop single, "Jail La La," was released in early 2010, with the debut album I Will Be following soon after. Both recordings were mostly done by Dee Dee at home (with some help from Nick Zinner and Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez) and then expertly produced in the studio by Richard Gottehrer, who had formerly worked with the Go-Go's and Blondie. Before the album's release, Dee Dee teamed up with guitarist Jules, bassist Bambi, and drummer Frankie Rose (formerly of like-minded groups Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls) to form a live band. Rose left the band in June of 2010 and was replaced by drummer named Sandra Vu, who was with the band when its fall tour of the U.S. was canceled due to the passing of Dee Dee's mother. After spending some time regrouping, the band began playing more shows as the year drew to a close. In 2011, the He Gets Me High EP was released. Recorded just before her mother's death, the record was cut by Dee Dee without her band, and was produced again by Gottehrer with help from the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner. On the personnel front, Bambi left the band in late 2011, making way for Malia James. A full-length sophomore album, Only in Dreams, appeared later that year. The album featured Dee Dee's bandmates and revolved around the pain of her mother's death. In autumn of 2012, End of Daze, an EP consisting of tracks recorded just after the Only in Dreams sessions, plus songs recorded a year later, was released.

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Interview: Dum Dum Girls

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

"It's frustrating to learn the guitar, because you suck so bad for the first week or two," explains Dee Dee Penny, the singer/songwriter at the center of Dum Dum Girls. "I could not handle sucking, so I just said, 'Fuck that.'" That was about 18 years ago, when Penny still went by the name Kristin Gundred and based most of her chord progressions around the buzzsaw riffs of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. In the vaguely… more »

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi

By David Greenwald, Contributor

D.I.Y. and hi-fi have rarely gone hand in hand. From the muscular crackle of Black Flag to the basement anthems of Guided by Voices, the sound of indie rock has long been the proudly noisy product of four walls and a four-track recorder. As laptops have replaced boomboxes, the aesthetic has endured, with bands embracing digital fuzz as a signal of both outsider cool and a thin wallet. But with the late-2000s lo-fi boom that launched… more »

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2011: Garage Rock Grows Up

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

Four years ago, I flew from Portland to New York to see my favorite band, New Zealand's garage-pop trio the Clean, play three shows at a glorious pit called Cake Shop. The openers were Crystal Stilts, a Brooklyn group with no records out whose moody and noisy music pushed all the right buttons. I quickly befriended the group, especially guitarist JB Townsend and his then-girlfriend Frankie Rose, whose own band Vivian Girls were soon-to-be favorites.… more »

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Who Are…Wax Idols

By Barry Walters, Contributor

While Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino radiates all the sunny musical signposts of her native Los Angeles — specifically, surf guitar riffs and beach-buoyant harmonies — Wax Idols' Oakland transplant Hether Fortune sings, writes and generates a sound that references several decades of dark British alt-rock, albeit with a contemporary DIY spirit. Like other buzzy Bay Area bands, Fortune and her supporting players prove that punk and pop can still come together without going corporate. eMusic's Barry… more »

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CMJ Report: Who Won the Week

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

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Interview: Dum Dum Girls

By Marissa G. Muller, Contributor

Dum Dum Girls may borrow their aesthetic from '60s girl groups, but their crackling guitar-pop doesn't sound dated, especially when it touches darker themes. "This year's been a drag/ Who knew it'd be so bad," Dee Dee sings in "Caught in One" — and she's not kidding. Written during the last days of her mother's struggle with terminal cancer, Only in Dreams explores emotional volatility, but never surrenders or collapses. It is Dee Dee's most… more »

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Label Profile: HoZac Records

By Austin L. Ray, Contributor

File Under: Trashy garage rock and punk, with a smattering of catchy pop Flagship Acts: Smith Westerns, Dum Dum Girls, Woven Bones, Box Elders, Wizzard Sleeve Based In: Chicago, Illinois In less than five years, Chicago's HoZac has released close to 80 records, and while it's easy to categorize the majority of that batch under the nebulous "garage/punk" umbrella, the label has dabbled in pop and folk as well. In fact, the Windy City imprint's catalog is all… more »

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Label Profile: Captured Tracks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

File Under: Ragged, guitar-based indie pop; jangle-'n'-reverb forever! Flagship Acts: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, the Fresh & Onlys, the Girls At Dawn Based In: Brooklyn, New York When I first meet Mike Sniper, he's drinking Patron Silver at an Oyster Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From any other record executive, the scene would be typical to the point of almost seeming mundane. But Sniper is the founder of the tiny, ragged Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks, a label that prizes… more »

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Who Are…Male Bonding

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

The shortest song on Male Bonding's full-length debut, Nothing Hurts, is a frantic 89 seconds long; the longest is still comfortably under the three-minute barrier. Formed by three former record-store co-workers, they're way too caffeinated and enthusiastic to bother with anything that doesn't get straight to the point, and their songs sprint noisily from hook to hook to finish line. As you might expect, they're hardcore music geeks — they run a label in their… more »

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