Dum Dum Girls is the brain child of Dee Dee, originally churning out songs and CD-R’s in the bedroom on her own label Zoo Records. Dee Dee moved on to release a 7” on HoZac and a 12” EP on Captured Tracks and has since assembled a band to take the tracks out of her bedroom and on the road. Putting the shiny glaze on the whole composition is famed producer Richard Gottehrer, known for writing seminal pop touchstones “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy”, while Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez and LA musician Andrew Miller all lend a helping hand. The end result is I Will Be, a thirty minute display of leather, lipstick, reverb heavy guitars and glossy hooks that get stuck in nearly every appendage of the human body.
“It Only Takes One Night” sets the pace with a blitz of SoCal beach goth. Snare pounding punk rock rhythms and frustrated vocals blend together, creating a quick blur that fills its classic pop form like melted bubble gum in a revolver shaped cookie cutter. The guitars ambiguously swell into “Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout”, as Dee Dee sings about dabbling in narcotics with stupefying enthusiasm: “In Your Head / Are you Dead?”
I Will Be is skittish in its tone, the reverb heavy atmosphere taking stage one minute and the next turning to a harmonizing malt shop milieu. “Blank Girl” is both sweet and teary, tackling various adult-themed issues and presenting them with equal amounts of sucrose and distortion. Title track “I Will Be” is a hazy beach punk anthem welcoming in its abrasiveness. “Baby Don’t Go” ends the album on a soft, earnest note as Dee Dee softly sings, “When I get to the city/ My tears will all be dry/ My eyes will look so pretty/ No ones’ gonna know I cried.” Uncomplicated, yes, but soulfully resonating.
Dum Dum Girls offer a short collection embracing elements of heartbreak, frustration, fear, loss, reverb and fun with their Sub Pop debut. Dee Dee is the showcase talent but contributions from Jules (guitar and vocals), Bambi (bass) and Frankie Rose (drums and vocals) form the perfect backdrop. Overall, I Will Be isn’t super complicated, pretentious or strikingly unorthodox. Rather, it’s an honest, straight-forward reflection of what happens when a girl becomes irritated with the sunshine around everything, slaps on some leather and grabs a guitar.
by: Bene Garcia