Dum Dum Girls
I Will Be


3.5
great

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
April 6th, 2010 | 36 replies | 6,374 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This would have been easier to write if they were just Vivian Girls pt. deux.

So this album will garner a bit of attention, its basically unavoidable. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but the problem is how they’ll acquire it. A name drop that will without a doubt be a purveyor of the utmost in bipolar(fanboy) opinions, regardless of how warranted this attention might be. So, well, Dum Dum Girls not only share a similar name and hazy girl group, surf-pop aesthetic, but also now contain an ex-member of the Vivian Girls with drummer Frankie Rose. Again none of this would matter really if Dum Dum Girls broke out of the whole lo-fi surf-rock *** gaze thing that’s been plaguing(invigorating) music for the last few years. They don’t, so the comparisons are inevitable, and absurdly justified. Thing is though, I Will Be still possess a radiant glow despite all the skuzz.

When the Girls released their initial EP a few years back, they were in truth a single woman. Lead singer Dee Dee put together a collection of lo-fi garage rock tracks that reeked of bedroom pop lingering topically in the romantic and forlorn. No matter how little innovation was made, the songs were still extremely well constructed and catchy as all hell. What Dee Dee was doing, she was certainly doing well. Now signed to Sub Pop and a fully fleshed out four piece the Dum Dum Girls are quite a different entity than before, but their sound hasn’t ventured far from the source. The gorgeous 3-piece female melodies, classic punk riffs and woozy surf rock are still drenched in lo-fi fuzz. But what the Girls show with I Will Be from the start is just how much they don’t rely on the reverb.

Where many of these lo-fi ***gaze surf-rock records fall short is in their almost erratic need to skuzz the *** out of everything, and don’t misunderstand, this album is fuzz drenched. But Dee Dee and legendary producer Richard Gottehrer (dude was responsible for The Angels timeless "My Boyfriend's Back" not to mention Blondie's debut) always seem to keep in mind that in the end -- these girls have very good voices. Why not let us hear? Dee Dee herself is a venerable beast, delivering kitsch(“Bhang Bhang, Im a Burnout), clever lines, to psychotic declarations(“Line Her Eyes”) and even forlorn coos(“Baby Don‘t Go“), but in the end what matter is the harmonies. “I Will Be” presents a perfect example of this exact skilled balance that the Girls dance between classic pop and fuzzy punk. The driving surf rock backed by a hazy 3 part harmony is absurdly infectious and showcases the Dum Dums at their best.

To harp on the musicianship and song writing of this album is almost pointless. Its certainly not bad, but in much of the same vein of Dee Dee’s prior EP this is not groundbreaking music in any way. It just so happens to be that in I Will Be’s almost 30-minute run time these Girls pretty much take that woozy surf rock meets 60s pop and perfect it. Enlisting Gottehrer was a genius move, seeing as the production is really what brings this album out, not to mention their ability to ya know; actually take a few steps into other genres and make more than ten or so tracks of basically fuzzy nu-age grrl Ramones songs (don’t worry they’re still here). What stands out are the gigantic drums, woozy synths and psychedelic hooks of “Rest Of Our Lives.” The uplifting boy-girl exchanges on “Blank Girl” and the delicate crooning of beautiful closer “Baby Don’t Go.” “I Will Be” might be the best song, but it is also very apparent that those 3 not lo-fi ditties are the following 2-3-4. So now really it all comes down to what else these girls can do well the next time around. But for now I Will Be is more than sufficient.



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Ponton
Emeritus
April 6th 2010


5793 Comments


Urls don't seem to work in reviews it seems.

I really like your style of writing, very lively and in no way dry. Poserrific. I saw a stream for this last week, i think

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2010


10405 Comments


yo it's the chick from the cover of contra!

Digging: Literature - Chorus

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah I just nixed that whole thing haha
and thanks :D
I think this maybe streaming on their myspace, its very good surprisingly.

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yo it's the chick from the cover of contra!


hahaha


Ponton
Emeritus
April 6th 2010


5793 Comments


here's a stream for anybody interested in this album:

http://tinyurl.com/y9cwsen

PearlDrummer20
April 6th 2010


1089 Comments


yo it's the chick from the cover of contra!

holy shit you're right! I thought she looked familiar!

SeaAnemone
April 6th 2010


20284 Comments


I was gonna review this last week and totes forgot about it! nice review yeti

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks duder
just out of curiosity how you feel about this record Eric?

SeaAnemone
April 6th 2010


20284 Comments


A little inconsistent with a few disappointing songs, but a fun atmosphere and a few great songs ( Jail La La, Blank Girl ) to make up for it. and what you said.

alachlahol
April 6th 2010


7489 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lo-fi? surf-rock? sign me up

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah the album opened up a lot as I was listening to review it, if anything it grew on me greatly.

also do it Ala.

Gyromania
April 6th 2010


15680 Comments


Very good review, Yeti. However, there are a couple of minor spelling errors, but that doesn't detract from the quality of your writing. pos

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thank you
and I'll handle those bastard spelling mistakes in a moment, now its sandwich time.

mvdu
April 6th 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

While too many songs get lost in the musical haze, there are some definite standouts, including "Bhang, Bhang, I'm a Burnout" and "Jail La La." The album puts a nice modern touch on a 60s sound.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2010


7333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

excellent review. i enjoyed this but i didnt think there was really anything special or original enough for me to give it more than a 3

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2010


15035 Comments


jail la la is so catchy

Kiran
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


6001 Comments


vivian girls comparisons ew

great review as usual

AggravatedYeti
April 7th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

so says the staff member ;)

also listen to this and tell me if you hate it or not, I'm not sure if my ears are broken or something but ImAFan.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


6001 Comments


hm ok, you've never let me down before, we'll see how this sits with me

ive never really liked vivian girls though

at all

AggravatedYeti
April 7th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ive never really liked vivian girls though

at all


I mean Cassie Ramone is hot & whatever but...mehhhhhh.



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