Dum Dum Girls: Too True

The Dum Dum Girls are an all-female dream pop band from L.A. …where dreams come true. It is the bedroom project of Dee Dee Penny, and all though she seems to have a revolving door situation with backing members, I think she has an incredibly solid group of women backing her up (Jules, Sandy and Malia).

Too True will be the third full-length release from the band through Sub Pop records. The band have been going strong for a few years and are just starting to garner some critical praise for their music. The production on this record has also come a long way since 2009, when the group first signed to Sub Pop. That’s because Dee Dee has been working close with Richard Gottehrer (who is responsible for writing “I want candy” and “My Boyfriend’s Back”) since 2010 and Sun Rose Wagner or Raveonettes fame has also joined in the production of Too True so if that isn’t credibility for you then I don’t know what is.

The album itself oozes U.K. college rock and 1980s synth-infused neo-psychadelia. It’s very trashy, poppy, and filled to the brim with catchy, easy-going tunes that will surely be summer favorites at the festivals this summer. While Dee Dee often sites Siouxsie and the Banshee’s as a primary influence, there is little of that actual influence on this record and more along the lines of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders.

Overall, I think it’s a vibrant record that’s very easy to fall in love with.

Luke Helker


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