Dum Dum Girls
|Dum Dum Girls|
|Labels||HoZac, Sub Pop, Hell, Yes!, Captured Tracks, Zoo Music, Slumberland|
|Associated acts||Tamaryn, Crocodiles, The Raveonettes, Vivian Girls|
Dum Dum Girls is singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny and began as her bedroom recording project in Los Angeles in late 2008. She is currently based in New York City. The name is a double homage to The Vaselines' album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys."
Dee Dee's first release under the Dum Dum Girls moniker was a five-song CDR on her own label, Zoo Music, in 2008. It was followed by an EP on Captured Tracks and a 7" on HoZac Records. She quickly gained attention with these releases and signed to Sub Pop in July 2009.
Dum Dum Girls' debut album, I Will Be, was released in March 2010. It was well received by critics. Pitchfork described the songs as "genuine earworms, both unfailingly hip and often wonderfully associative". Dee Dee produced the record with Richard Gottehrer who had previously worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Blondie, The Go-Gos, and The Raveonettes. Gottehrer also co-wrote the early 1960s hit songs “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and “I Want Candy". The record included guest guitarists Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs on "Yours Alone," Dee Dee's husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles on "Blank Girl," and Andrew Miller on multiple tracks. The cover of the album featured a college snapshot of Dee Dee's mother, who died from cancer in 2010. After its release, Dee Dee formed a band in order to tour, and their first shows were in support of Girls.
In 2011, the EP He Gets Me High, which included a cover of "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths, was released. This record marked the addition of Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes to the production team, which Dee Dee has kept intact.
Second album Only in Dreams was released in September 2011, featuring the singles "Coming Down" and "Bedroom Eyes," the latter of which Dum Dum Girls performed on the Jimmy Fallon television show. This album is the only recording to feature the full band.
In September 2012, the EP End of Daze was released, preceded by the single "Lord Knows" on July 31, 2012, which Pitchfork Media awarded "Best New Track". The EP received "Best New Music" from Pitchfork Media as well.
Dee Dee has also collaborated on a number of musical projects. She released a single followed by a 12" EP with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs as Mayfair Set in 2009. She also released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain song "Teenage Lust" with Tamaryn in 2011 as Les Demoniaques. Most recently she and husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles (band) released a single as Haunted Hearts.
The band is managed by Scott Cohen.
Current members of the touring band 
Dee Dee (vocals, guitar)
Jules (lead guitar, vocals)
Sandy (drums, vocals)
Malia (bass, vocals)
Former members 
- Bambi (bass, vocals)
- Frankie Rose (drums, vocals)
- Jeremy Rojas (bass)
- Andrew Montoya (drums)
- Brandon Welchez (guitar)
- Mike Sniper (bass)
- Chuck Rowell (keyboard)
- Dum Dum Girls EP, Zoo Music, 2008
- Dum Dum Girls EP, Captured Tracks, 2009
- He Gets Me High EP, Sub Pop 2011
- End of Daze EP, Sub Pop 2012
- Blissed Out cassette, Art Fag, 2010
- Longhair HoZac, 2008
- Format: 7" vinyl limited to 500. 75 are handwritten numbered by Dee Dee.
- "Mercury Mary"
- "Let It Be Me"
- Jail La La Sub Pop, February 16, 2010
- "Jail La La"
- "Play with Fire"
- Pay for Me Sub Pop, April 17, 2010
- Format: 7" split vinyl limited to 1000.
- "Pay for Me"
- "Before it's Gone" performed by Male Bonding
- Stiff Little Fingers Hell Yes!, August 1, 2010
- Format: Digital download, 7" black/white swirl vinyl limited to 100. 1st press: black vinyl limited to 500. 2nd press: silver vinyl limited to 600.
- "Stiff Little Fingers"
- "Dream Away Life"
- Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout Sub Pop, November 23, 2010
- Format: 7" vinyl limited to 500. 7" white vinyl limited to 200. 7" blue transparent vinyl limited to 500.
- "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout"
- "Last Caress"
- Coming Down Sub Pop, September 27, 2011
- Format: 7" vinyl limited to 1000. 7" white vinyl limited to 700.
- "Coming Down (Edit)"
- "Crystal Baby"
- Merry Xmas, Baby (Please Don't Die) Hell Yes!, November 13, 2011
- " Merry Xmas, Baby (Please Don't Die), with Crocodiles
- Lord Knows Sub Pop, July 31, 2012
- "Lord Knows"
- I Don't Care Drawn & Quarterly, September 4, 2012
- Format: "Rookie Tunes" 7" split red flexi-disc
- "I Don't Care"
- "Superrookie" performed by Supercute!
- "Jail La La"
- "Blank Girl"
- "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout"
- "He Gets Me High"
- "Bedroom Eyes"
- "Coming Down"
- "Lord Knows"
- "Dum Dum Girls - Sled Island - June 20-24, 2012". Sled Island. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- Cassie Marketos.Dum Dum Girls - interview Self-titledmag.com. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-22
- Zach, Kelly."I Will Be" review Pitchfork.com. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-22
- Hogan, Marc. "Catholicked" -review. Pitchfork.com. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22
- Dombal, Ryan. Sub Pop signs Dum Dum Girls Pitchfork.com. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22
- Metacritic. I Will Be Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-10-12
- Dombal, Ryan. Dum Dum Girls announce debut lp Pitchfork.com. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22
- "Jail La La". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- Dombal, Ryan. Interviews: Dum Dum Girls Pitchfork.com. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-12
- Dombal, Ryan. Dum Dum Girls: Lord Knows, Tracks, Pitchfork Pitchfork.com. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-05
- Stuart, Berman. "The Mayfair Set". Reviews. Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Lindsay, Zoladz. "Haunted Hearts "Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good"". Tracks. Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Dum Dum Girls - Longhair (Vinyl) Discogs". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "Dum Dum Girls - Jail La La (Vinyl) Discogs". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding - Pay for Me(Vinyl) Discogs". Retrieved 2011-10-23.
- "Dum Dum Girls - Stiff Little Fingers (Vinyl) Discogs". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "Dum Dum Girls - Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout (Vinyl) Discogs". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "Subpop Records: Only in Dreams + Coming Down 7" Pre-order". Retrieved 2011-08-31.
- "Dum Dum Girls - Lord Knows (Single)". Retrieved 2011-08-31.
- "Dum Dum Girls/Supercute! - Rookie Tunes Discogs". Retrieved 2013-05-01.