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 ‘
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.
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
Review & photos by Mel
Thanks to Nita & Josh @ Goldstar - www.goldstarpr.com