Dum­ming up

DUM DUM GIRLS Róisín Dubh, Galway tonight (Fri­day) 9pm €16/€14 roisin­dubh.net; But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin to­mor­row (Satur­day) 7.30pm €20 but­ton­fac­tory.ie

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT -

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.



Jimi Good­win

Sun­day, Belfast; Mon­day, Dublin

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