Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams 2011

Recipe for Dum Dum Girls
1 part Ramones
1 part Detroit Cobras
1 part Pretenders
1 part Belly
a dash of twangy surf guitar

Put all ingredients in blender. Blend on high. Serve loud.

Singer/songwriter Dee Dee has a voice like Chrissie Hynde, an attitude like Joey Ramone, and a batch of songs that could be twisted sixties girl-group anthems in a different setting. Here the songs are played at maximum speed and volume, and the rest of the band lends fine support both instrumentally and vocally. Jules' twangy guitar adds a unique sound that works surprisingly well in the wall of noise mix. That mix is my only gripe with the record. It is relentless, and relentlessly loud, and this gives the tunes a sameness that could have been avoided with a tad more production, and dare I say, dynamics in the recording.

Looking for quality modern day punk? Look no further.

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