The Dum Dum Girls appear to have come up with what might be the perfect hommage to some of the greatest and most ridiculous things about the 1980s with their latest video for Lord Knows.
No only does the song sound like Ultravox (listen out for a particularly ‘Voxy heartbeat moment) and… well many people really. Dee Dee’s voice just sounds a bit like a mix of everyone from Chrissie Hynde to Enya, the kind of stuff I grew up with my mum playing in the car on the way to the supermarket. Then you have the fact that the video looks like something Bonnie Tyler, Madonna and Debbie Harry would come up with if they were trapped in a lift together. Seriously, I think they should have called it Hanging on the Total Eclipse of the Prayer…
On a more serious note, Lord Knows is a fantastic track, brimming with guilt and some rather brilliant drum patterns that drag it head-first into the 2010s. It’s pretty damn catchy in a slow way too.
I know I’m a bit late to the Dum Dum Girs party, but I won’t be leaving any time soon. This is one band that can rightfully be described as listenable. And I really like those drums, I think they hold it all together. And, if I didn’t know they were from California, they could definitely pass for a great Scandipop outfit. That’s a compliment.
The rest of the EP, End of Daze, is well worth a listen, too. It’s out now on SubPop, which essentially means you can get it on iTunes, even in Europe. Oh, the modern age… that wouldn’t have happened in the 80s.
Anyway, here’s the EP. Have fun.
[Apologies for the lack of activity recently, no real excuses, but I’m technically homeless… working on that, promise.]