Dum Dum Girls

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Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls performing at Larimer Lounge
Dum Dum Girls performing at Larimer Lounge
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Indie pop, noise pop, dream pop, shoegazing, lo-fi
Years active 2008-present
Labels HoZac, Zoo Music, Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Hell, Yes!
Associated acts Grand Ole Party, The Mayfair Set, Les Demoniaques, Zodiacs, Haunted Hearts, Sisu, HUNI
Website wearedumdumgirls.com
  • Dee Dee
  • Jules
  • Sandy
  • Malia
  • Drew
Past members
  • Bambi
  • Frankie Rose
  • Jeremy Rojas
  • Andrew Montoya
  • Brandon Welchez
  • Mike Sniper
  • Chuck Rowell

Dum Dum Girls is an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of singer and songwriter Dee Dee (née Kristin Welchez)[1]). 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".[2][3] Many people believe Dee Dee's stage name was inspired by Dee Dee Ramone but she has stated that this is not true; it was her mother's name, which she took as her middle name after her death.[4] The last name "Penny" was erroneously provided by British music magazine NME.[5]

Dum Dum Girls remains Dee Dee's main musical output, with all songs written by her and recorded in collaboration with her producers.[6]


The first release under the Dum Dum Girls moniker was a five-song CDR on her own label, Zoo Music, in late 2008. It was followed by an EP on Captured Tracks and a 7" on HoZac[7] She quickly gained attention with these releases and signed to Sub Pop in July 2009.[8]

Dum Dum Girls' debut album, I Will Be, was released in March 2010 and was well received by critics.[9] Pitchfork described the songs as "genuine earworms, both unfailingly hip and often wonderfully associative".[3] Dee Dee produced the record with Richard Gottehrer, who had previously worked with Richard Hell, Blondie, The Go-Gos, and The Raveonettes. Gottehrer also co-wrote the early 1960s hit songs "My Boyfriend’s Back" and "I Want Candy".[10][11] 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.[12] After its release, she assembled a touring band, and their first shows were in support of Girls.

In 2011, the EP He Gets Me High was released, which included a cover of "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths. This record marked the addition of Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes to the production team.

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 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This album is the only Dum Dum Girls 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 awarded "Best New Track".[13] The EP received "Best New Music" from Pitchfork as well.[14]

On October 31, 2013, Dum Dum Girls announced the third full-length album Too True, set for release on January 28, 2014[15] and featuring the single "Lost Boys & Girls Club", whose video premiered with H&M on October 31, 2013.[15][16] For this album, Dee Dee cited Suede, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna, and The Stone Roses as her influences.[17]

The Dum Dum Girls' single "Coming Down" was used for a promotional teaser trailer[18] and played during the end credits for the 2013 film The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader (Ellis later scripted a short film, Are You Okay, for the "Are You Okay?" single from Too True).[19] "Coming Down" was also used in the sixth episode of Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries as well as in the third episode of Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black, "Empathy Is a Boner Killer" (2015).

On December 5, 2014, Converse released a Dum Dum Girls split single, "On Christmas", as the third part of three digital installments of the company's holiday-themed compilation EP, Noise to the World 2.[20]

Other projects[edit]

Dee Dee was formerly the drummer of the trio Grand Ole Party.[21])

The Mayfair Set, a duo with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, released an eponymous single followed by the Young One 12" EP, both in 2009.[22]

She and Tamaryn released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain song "Teenage Lust" in 2011 under the name Les Demoniaques. Also that year, Dee Dee, Sniper and of J.B. Townsend of Crystal Stilts recorded a one-sided 7" single, "Faraway Friend," under the name Zodiacs, which was given away via Captured Tracks mailorder. Dee Dee and her husband released a 2013 single, "Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good," as Haunted Hearts,[23] followed by the Initiation full-length in 2014.

In 2012, Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu created the band Sisu, which she described as combining "echo-ridden, cold, distorted synth sounds—with pop melodies."[24]

In 2013, Dee Dee composed the opening theme for the animated series Beware the Batman.[25]

She was also featured on "Play for Today," a duet from Belle and Sebastian's 2015 album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.[26]

In May 2015, Dee Dee and collaborator UUV/Andrew Miller released a single, "Is There Any Other One?", as HUNI.[27] She also featured on Lemonade's single "Dancer on the Shore"[28] in August 2015.

Band members[edit]

Current members of live band[edit]

  • Dee Dee - vocals, guitar
  • Jules - guitar, vocals
  • Sandy - drums, vocals
  • Malia - bass, vocals
  • Andrew - guitar

Former members of live band[edit]

  • 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 in 2010

Studio albums[edit]




  • "Longhair", HoZac, 2008
  • "Jail La La", Sub Pop, February 16, 2010
  • "Pay for Me", Sub Pop, April 17, 2010
  • "Stiff Little Fingers", Hell Yes!, August 1, 2010
  • "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout", Sub Pop, November 23, 2010
  • "Coming Down", Sub Pop, September 27, 2011
  • "Merry Xmas, Baby (Please Don't Die)", Hell Yes!, November 13, 2011
  • "Lord Knows", Sub Pop, July 31, 2012
  • "Lost Boys & Girls Club", Sub Pop, December 17, 2013
  • "Rimbaud Eyes", Sub Pop, January 28, 2014
  • "On Christmas" split, Converse, January 28, 2014


  • "Catholicked"
  • "Jail La La"
  • "Blank Girl"
  • "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout"
  • "He Gets Me High"
  • "Bedroom Eyes"
  • "Coming Down"
  • "Lord Knows"
  • "Lost Boys & Girls Club"
  • "Too True to Be Good"
  • "Are You Okay?"
  • "Rimbaud Eyes"
  • "Under These Hands"


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