May 2, 2014

hmv reviews… Dum Dum Girls @ London's Scala
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv reviews… Dum Dum Girls @ London's Scala

Back in late January, California foursome Dum Dum Girls quietly released one of the year's finest records in Too True and are now over on our fair shores showcasing it. Here's what went down at their London show last night (May 1st)…



Dum Dum Girls, the icy cool queens of shoegaze drenched indie pop.



The Scala, the 1,000 capacity venue right by Kings Cross Station.


Any good supports?

San Diego twosome Crocodiles opened things up with their Jesus and Mary Chain esque psychedelic indie sonics. Sweeping guitars and endless reverb mixed with some gloriously hummable choruses, they were great.


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

Not quite sold out, but pretty damn close. The crowd, much like Dum Dum Girls themselves, were cool and standoffish to begin with, but as the set went on things really really warmed up…


So what was the set like? What did they play?

One hour and 15 minutes in all and not a wasted second in there. The band, who were dressed stunningly in nothing but black, ran through the best bits from all their records, starting off with a thumping 'Mine Tonight', they moved through the set with grace and class, including a razor sharp 'Rimbaurd Eyes', a searing 'It Only Takes One Night' and the brilliant 'Coming Down', which closed the show.


Any good between song banter?

Almost nothing at all, a few 'Thank you's' and a closing tribute to Crocodiles, that was all that was said by singer Dee Dee Penny.


Did they put on much of a show?

A giant, illuminated heart serving as a back drop and some nice lights, it was sultry and cool as you like, no need for pyrotechnics.


What was the highlight of the set?

It was all wonderful, but the sunny, lilting and dreamlike 'Are You Ok?' stood as a real highlight.


Where can I catch them next?

They're in Manchester tonight (May 3rd), Leeds on Saturday (May 4th) and then have shows in Glasgow, Belfast, Norwich, Galway, Dublin and Bristol lined up.


Dum Dum Girls's new album Too True is out now and available in stores across the UK. You can also preview it by here clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.

Too True
Too True Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls - Are You Okay? (not the video)

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