Dum Dum Girls' eponymous debut ep on Zoo Music sounds like it was recorded on the cheap with battered guitars, biscuit tins for drums and the distortion pedals set to fuzz, feedback and fuck-off pop. You wouldn’t want to change a thing about it.
They have the Mary Chain’s saturnine snarl, The Ramones’ mastery of brevity, Black Tambourine’s ramshackle thud and The Shangri-La’s melodramatic poise. What’s not to love?
Zoo Music’s other release is a 7”, Neon Jesus by Crocodiles: if krautrock’s tribal rhythms, the Modern Lovers’ velveteen drone, Suicide’s electronic disturbances and punk’s trash aesthetics appeal to you, you’ll love this band.
Both Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles have busy release schedules this year. On the basis of these opening salvos, they’ll be setting the scene in 2009.