DUM DUM GIRLS Róisín Dubh, Galway tonight (Friday) 9pm €16/€14 roisindubh.net; Button Factory, Dublin tomorrow (Saturday) 7.30pm €20 buttonfactory.ie
Anyone that names their band after a Vaselines album (Dum Dum) and an Iggy Pop song (Dum Dum Boys) is good enough for me. And if you want to throw in a spurious reference to The Ramones’ bass player, Dee Dee, then that’s fine with me, too, buddy.
Formed in 2008 by Kristin Welchez (stage name: Dee Dee Penny), Dum Dum Girls have a nifty knack of generating the kind of punk/ pop worms that go in one ear and fail to go out the other – these nuggets stay in your head, refusing to budge. Early band albums such as 2010’s I Will Be, and 2011’s Only in Dreams, highlighted a sound that was unerringly hip yet which was rooted in punk rock’s Year Zero.
Surging power chords, allied to the kind of melody lines not heard since the heyday of Blondie, inform the band’s output (incidentally, they are co-managed by 1960’s songwriter/producer, Richard Gottehrer), but there’s also a useful regard for something highly original in the mix.
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Sunday, Belfast; Monday, Dublin