wears the trousers magazine

dum dum girls: live at madame jojo’s, london 02/03/10

Dum Dum Girls / Veronica Falls / Yuck
Madame Jojo’s, London ••••
March 2, 2010

Queues all the way down Brewer Street and particularly unhelpful door staff meant a lot of the hyper buzzed fans only got to catch the last yells of opening support act Yuck, who faded out with an enticing swansong of distortion guitar wails. Veronica Falls followed up with a set of consistently lovely songs that have progressively stolen a substantial number of hearts over the past year. The shoegaze pop of ‘Stephen’ was dreamy enough to sway unabashedly to, while ‘Beachy Head’ rang out with romantic thrash. One of the capital’s most exciting homegrown outfits, they proved to be a well-selected warm-up for the US headliners whose appearance was the last, love-letter punctuation on a week of gigs across the capital, a doubly special affair since it marked the band’s UK debut.

The Sub Pop-signed quartet plugged in punctually and with little fuss, gracing the stage with whippet lean legs, neat retro dresses and vintage Danelectro guitars. Ex-Vivian Girl Frankie Rose kept the beats foot-tapping tight while Dum Dum Girls founding member and frontwoman Dee Dee filled centre stage lithely, her gaze focused unwaveringly straight ahead, propelling vocals both lush and smoky. A lack of interaction between band members gave the performance an elegantly austere air, pushing the girl harmonies and shoulder-shimmy guitar rhythms to the forefront, but no between-song banter and a minuscule amount of crowd acknowledgment seemed to betray the stage fright that Dee Dee intimated during our interview with her last week.

Reverb is a notoriously tricky FX in situ and the songs lacked a little of the crispness that radiates on the forthcoming album, I Will Be, taking on a grungier sound that thrilled regardless. The stoner sunshine of ‘Bhang Bhang I’m A Burnout’ was cheery fun, while the twanging romance of ‘Yours Alone’ and ‘I Will Be’ had stage-front fans whirling happily. The set ended with the romantic promise of ‘Rest Of Our Lives’, a perfect, swooning rendition that sounded as sincerely sweet as any lover’s au revoir. It’s safe to say London awaits another Dum Dum Girls visit with all the anticipation of a long-distance crush.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews

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They made a new convert out of me! Great gig..

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