Artist: Dum Dum Girls
Title: "Jail La La" b/w "Play With Fire"
Label: Sub Pop
Release date: February 16, 2010
Since first hearing them about a year ago I have expected Dum Dum Girls to accomplish big things, and early 2010 finds the label Nirvana made famous releasing their newest single.
"Jail La La" is a catcy, well-written song, but compared to a tune like "Catholicked" it is very clean-sounding and safe. The goth-inspired dreariness of that amazing Captured Tracks 12" is replaced by a pop sensibility that makes the band sound even more similar to older British pop groups like The Shop Assistants. Granted, the band does not have to always give off negative vibes, but I hope the jump to Sub Pop does not lead to nothing but sunshine and bubblegum.
That fear about pop sensibilites snuffing out the darkness and weirdness Dum Dum Girls are capable of was a little hasty, as the flipside is a delighfully dreary cover of The Rolling Stones classic "Play With Fire". Doubled-up vocals make this already mellow yet chilling song less mellow and more chilling. I've been planning on doing a covers-only episode of the upcoming radio show, and this will sound great alongside Beat Beat Beat's "When The Birdmen Fly", any of the Carbonas Euro Tour b-sides, and another goosebump-causer in Vivian Girls' "Blindspot".
This release does not quite measure up to Dum Dum Girls' earliest offerings, but it still should make you long for a debut long-player.