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Charting the Music: Dum Dum Girls, 'Too True'

Charting the Music: Dum Dum Girls, 'Too True' facebook.com/DumDumGirls
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With maximized studio production and a look to die for, Dum Dum Girls' "Too True" could promote founder Dee Dee Penny to popstar/sex symbol status.

Their third full-length "Too True" proves sights are set higher than before. With lo-fi fading behind and a heavier pop influence phasing in, bigger venues are a stronger possibility for the Dum Dum Girls. Whether you like it or not, this 10-song emotional rollercoaster will end in just a little over half an hour.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #1 Adult Album Alternative for the week of February 11, 2014.

Record label, release date and producer: Sub Pop Records released "Too True" on January 28, 2014; it was produced by Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner.

Can be heard on: Juxtaposition with Rob Levy, Gold Soundz with Chris Bay and the Mixtape with Jason Robinson.

RIYL: Vivian Girls, The Raveonettes and Best Coast.

Hometown: Los Angeles.

Standout tracks: Opening with "Cult of Love," the Dum Dum Girls begin strong from the start combining reverb with breathy vocals standing the hair on the back of your neck. Beware, "Evil Blooms" contains the most memorable lead riffs while also containing unforgettable lyrics guaranteed to deeply permeate the subconscious. The beautiful track "In the Wake of You" makes the somewhat unlikely connection of Debbie Harry to Best Coast.

About the artist: The Dum Dum Girls began as a project created in the bedroom of founder Dee Dee Penny with her first release a five song CD-R. A few seven inches later, Sub Pop Records swept them off their feet in 2010. In 2011, they made their television debut on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Steadily, their popularity grows, receiving favorable reviews from various publications such as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

Play it while: Living in an '80s brat-pack flick with a modern tinge and more black clothing.

What the critics say: "The group’s third studio record, 'Too True,' finds Penny sharpening her approach to songwriting and probing the concept of abandon into aesthetic. Specifically, she draws from two key periods that celebrated abandon within art -- 19th century French poetry and the clang-and-clamor synth revolution that sprawled into dream pop, industrial sounds, and goth iconography in the 1980s -- in order to craft a new vision for herself and her band. Dee Dee Penny wears her heart on one sleeve and her influences on the other, and 'Too True' is translucent with both." Paula Mejia, Consequence of Sound.

KDHX coverage: Dani Kinnison reviewed the Dum Dum Girls concert at Off Broadway with photography by Kate McDaniel on August 6, 2012. Juxtaposition hosted an in-studio with the Dum Dum Girls on February 23, 2011. Kate McDaniel also provided visual stimulation from the Dum Dum Girls show at the Billiken Club on February 23, 2011.

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