I am currently in the middle of reading Mark Yarm’s long, sometimes meandering book Everybody Loves our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. One of the things I really like about it is that it goes into great detail about the creation Sub Pop from sort of a lark to the great label it is today. Sub Pop has become the standard of that Seattle sound as that sound has matured over the years and branched out from the actual Seattle area by signing such bands as the Vaselines, Dinosaur Jr. and The Shins.
Sub Pop is a label I’ve come to trust over the years and one of their newer groups (if three years can still be called new) has just released a five song EP that I’m completely enamored with. Dum Dum Girls are who I speak of and their latest EP is entitled End of Daze. It is an absolutely grungy gem. It is reminiscent of Mazzy Star with that heavy heart beat bass drum and floating space rock style vocals that are purposely a tick too low.
I’ve complained in the past that I don’t like when vocals are muddled, but that’s due to bands mostly trying to not be heard. What the Dum Dum Girls attempt to do here is to achieve exactly what the title elicits images of, a daze. The album feels like a hazy dream sequence out of the ‘80’s and it’s an absolutely fantastic EP. The song “I’ve Got Nothing” goes from a Motels type ballad to a Chrissie Hynde style angry plea of desperation and acceptance of a situation that seems to be quickly deteriorating. This album is a must buy from me and frankly is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard all year.
Best Song: I’ve Got Nothing – Such a great exercise in vocal range. From deep bass notes in the verse to the loud almost yelling higher pitched chorus where the crescendo really reaches it’s peak.
The Dum Dum Girls are currently on tour.
End of Daze is available now from Sub Pop Records.
MP3 – Lord Knows