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Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP

Maria Turauskis


End of Daze is the first release we have seen from the Dum Dum Girls this year, following a prolific number of releases from the girls in 2010 and 2011 (the Dum Dum Girls offered two LPs and three EPS over a two-year period). This tight and well-composed EP offers more of the Dum Dum Girl’s trademark lo-fi garage rock, but with this release the girls have offered listeners a more varied sound, proving to their critics that they have turned into a far more capable, versatile band than they perhaps were two years ago.

Throughout End of Daze there are subtle shifts in vibe and instrumental technique, from the subtly upbeat and almost peppy I Got Nothing to the melancholic, grave and sparse Trees and Flowers. There are catchy lyrics and vocal hooks too, noticeably more so than previous efforts.

The classic Dum Dum Girls vibe still shines through on this release however. The sonic atmosphere is moody, dark and mellow, with lashings of reverb, and gorgeously thick, heavy bass tones place deep into the mix. Vocals are once again heavily saturated, sultry and breathy, with that slightly flat delivery still ever so reminiscent of the Shangri Las, or contemporaries such as Best Coast and Friends.

With End of Daze, the Dum Dum Girls have once again offer their trademark non-clichéd guitar driven style. Stylish, heavy, but never overpowering or gratuitous. End of Daze is out now.