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Dum Dum Girls Have Left the Building

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Fri, May 18, 2012 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge SHAWN BRACKBILL
  • Shawn Brackbill

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A brief history of Dum Dum Girls and their fearless leader, Dee Dee.

Act I (2010): The Dum Dum Girls help popularize the throwback girl-group sound, along with acts like Vivian Girls and Best Coast. They do this with a nostalgic nod to both California pop and the black leather early-punk.

Act II (2011): The mother of founding member/lead singer Dee Dee (you may know her as the woman on the cover of the I Will Be ) passes away, ushering in the darker sounds that carry Only in Dreams and earn it critical acclaim.

Act III (2012): Dee Dee moves to N.Y. and -- wait, WTF? New York? Really?

We caught up with Dee Dee prior to rejoining her L.A.-based bandmates for upcoming shows at the Echoplex tonight and the Getty Center tomorrow, Saturday, May 19. We spoke on geography, existential lit., cat shit and what the move might mean for Act (and album) III.

So you left us and moved to New York, huh?

I did -- about a year ago. Truth be told, I haven't been here most of the year, so it still feels pretty new.... I've always wanted to live in New York and always romanticized the idea of it, and I've found it's pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be.

Your sound -- on the first record especially -- has certain pop associations that are tied to California. Do you think the move will change that?

I don't think I ever really considered it at any point. Obviously, the environment affects how you write, what you write about, the color of the songs -- but I don't know if it was as big a factor as people like to think.... I suppose when I start putting out music that I've written here, I'll read about whether or not it sounds like New York or California [laughs].... What really influences me the most are the things I'm reading and the things I'm listening to. So that could be anywhere, in any city.

So, what are you reading and listening to?

I've been listening to a lot more shoegaze in the last couple of months. For me, that comes when I travel. I get very into specific sounds when traveling. I listen to a lot of Krautrock too. It's not that it's soothing, but there's something about that kind of music that's easy to get lost in and pass time with.

[Intermission: "Hold on. My cat's kinda being a bitch. He likes to take shits on things in my room -- go, go, go.... Where were we?"]

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