Dum Dum Girls at Detroit Bar Over The Weekend

The Dum Dum Girls sing harmonies
The Dum Dum Girls sing harmonies
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Dum Dum Girls

July 3, 2010
Detroit Bar

Two Holy Grail reverb pedals and a multi effect reverb/fuzz pedal sat in front of Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls. These pedals, combined with her vintage Silvertone guitar, recreated a jangly hollow guitar sound straight from the '60s. The slow shimmery guitar chords of the buzz band's cover of the Rolling Stones "Play With Fire" were augmented by a trio of vocal harmonies and a steady backbeat.     
Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls
Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls
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Waves of fuzz started to wash over the audience as Sandra Vu pounded the drums for the swaying "Hey Sis," while Bambi plucked away on her Danelectro bass. Dee Dee was all business, quickly moving into "Catholicked" and only stopping to say give a quick "thank you" to the crowd. The bouncy tunes somehow inspired a mosh pit at Detroit Bar--an unwelcome surprise. 

"I Will Be" and "It Only Takes One Night" followed the same driving beat and reverb soaked guitars, but Dee Dee's vocal performance made the songs stand out with sense of urgency.
The band's debut full length album clocks in at 28 minutes, with each song at a two-and-a-half minute average, so I wasn't expecting an hour and a half performance. "Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burn Out" continued to stir the mosh pit as Jules cranked out chords on her Silvertone guitar that matched Dee Dee's.

"Jail La La" brought forth images of spending the night in jail while desperately hoping that someone needed saving. Dee Dee dedicated "Everybody's Out" to Crocodiles before ending the main set with a melancholy rendition of "Rest of Our Lives." A brief group hug celebrating the end of their two-week tour served as their encore break, before taking on the GG Allin cover "Don't Talk To Me." Normally, it's difficult to feel satisfied with a 35-minute set by a headliner, but the Dum Dum Girls managed to pull it off.

The Crocodiles
The Crocodiles
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Crocodiles played a perfect opening set--that is, if you managed to see them on stage. Three tiny red lights were a nightmare from a photography standpoint, but Crocodiles have come a long way from being a duo with a drum machine. A bassist, drummer and keyboard player have considerably beefed up the sound of Crocodiles, adding more sonic teeth to their attack. 


Opening with the hypnotic repetitive bass line of "Neon Jesus," Brandon Welchez was frantically flailing his arms and at points writhing on the ground in between attacking his microphone. They closed the evening with a killer version of "I Want To Kill." Definitely look out for their new album when it drops.

 
Tomorrows Tulips
Tomorrows Tulips
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Tomorrows Tulips were familiar in that they are fronted by Alex Knost formerly of Japanese Motors. With the assistance of Christina Kee on her dampened drums, Knost dialed up the echo and fuzz for some surf inspired drone drenched tunes. At the completion of his set, Knost was congratulated by two of his former band members in Japanese Motors. Good to know everyone is still friends.

Personal Bias: I have a soft spot for fuzz and fishnets. 

The Crowd: It wasn't the usual Detroit Bar crowd--especially if you counted the creepy old dude with the video camera that was aimed at Dee Dee all night.

Random Notebook Dump: Although it was very early in the night, the DJ was on Facebook and spinning tunes. Is this the future?

Setlist:
"Play With Fire"
"Hey Sis"
"Catholicked"
"I Will Be"
"It Only Takes One Night"
"Yours Alone"
"Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout"
"Jail La La"
"Everybody's Out"
"Rest Of Our Lives"
Encore:
"Don't Talk To Me"

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