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After interviewing Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls @ The Palace Hotel, we weaved our way across the busy Oxford Rd traffic, towards the Sound Control. A newish club with three floors, close to the train station, the people were trickling in slowly and by the time DDG’S materialized it was a pretty full house.

Dum Dum Girls are one of the hippest bands of 2010, with their fuzzy bass lines, striking harmonies and love of classic sixties rock n'roll, all the way from sunny Californian. We were keen to see them tonight, but firstly it was the task of The Switch (a Manchester band) to warm us up for the main act. This was a four piece electronic band - on vocals Caroline Sterling, guitarist Anthony Grantham joined by Tom Harris - Bass, Programming and Colin Dunkerley - Synths, Programming.

 The Switch are an esoteric experience, playing slices of delicate pop tunes, which they describe as trip - hop. Caroline has created an enigmatic, ethereal stage persona, sporting a vivid Indian themed outfit, with batwing sleeves, vocals are soft and sweetly delivered. She uses the dazzling lighting show to her advantage giving us a terrific display of atmospheric mood and emotion. Musically I was reminded of a Bat For Lashes show, or Enya, then again maybe Goldfrapp. It was highly entertaining and we both enjoyed the show. Song titles range from ‘Cold City’ - 'Shadows’ and ‘Heartbreaker’. We’ll be seeing more of this band. I for one am totally switched on!!


Ser Etico
Cold City
See The Light

Finally the band we’d come to see fresh from their sell out London show took to the stage with their first offering of the night, a Rolling Stones cover ‘Playing With Fire’. Dum Dum Girls –four girls together, Dee Dee, standing tall and proud at the helm, joined by Bambi, Sandy, Jules - all black and mysterious, short skirts with legs (up to their necks) encased in black patterned tights. The words Lust, Lust painted upon their Amp, many of the audience I’m sure were doing precisely just that.

This ain’t no regular all girl band, no fluffy pop quartet, they are a mixture of rock n’ roll (dark side) and classic pop tunes. More than a wink goes to The Ronnettes, and a nod to Jesus & Mary Chain, but making it seem all so effortless. I could also see similarities to a band I had high hopes for last year - Ipso Facto (of course now disbanded). Dum Dum Girls are (as Dee Dee told me earlier) pretty new together, but already been touted as a band to watch out for in 2010. They are the kind of girls who are rebels with a cause, an aloof attitude, smart vixens with guitars that scream, scratch and vibrate, baring bitter, sweet love songs, all written by the talented Dee Dee Penny. Choruses a plenty for us to sing along to, incorporating Dee Dee’s softly conveyed vocals and harmonies from the other DDG’S.
All too soon their time was up, it had flashed so quickly before our eyes, we were left wanting more. The crowd called out for an encore and they returned with just one song, the punk rock sounds of GG Allins ‘|Don’t Talk To Me’. They are hot property right now and I’m sure with the extensive touring they are soon going to be massive. See them while you can at the smaller venues, there coming back in a few months time.
Play With Fire
Hey Sis
I Will Be
Oh Mein M
Yours Alone
Bhang Bhang
Jail La La
Everybodys Out
It Only Takes One Night
Rest Of Our Lives
Encore – Don’t Talk To Me

Friday, May 21, 2010 – Molotov, Hamburg Germany
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – West Germany, Berlin Germany
Sunday, May 23, 2010 – Olympic Park (Germany), Munich Germany
Monday, May 24, 2010 – Arena, Vienna Austria
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Rocket, Milan Italy (Club Kiss That Night)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – Hana-Bi, Ravenna Italy
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen Switzerland
Saturday, May 29, 2010 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona Spain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – New Parish, Oakland CA w/ Crocodiles
Friday, June 25, 2010 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR – w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, June 26, 2010 – High Dive, Seattle WA w/ Crocodiles
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA w/ Crocodiles
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA w/ Crocodiles
Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Echo, Los Angeles CA – w/ Crocodiles
Friday, July 2, 2010 – Casbah, San Diego CA w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA w/ Crocodiles

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Review & photos by Mel
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