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NEWS : THU, JAN 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Introducing Kristin Kontrol

(Yes – that is Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls. Her real name is Kristin and you’d better start getting used to it.)

[Photo Credit :: Jimmy Fontaine]


The new musical endeavor from Kristin Welchez, (aka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls) is here and it’s called KRISTIN KONTROL.
 
A mesmeric combination of new wave, R&B, synth pop, and krautrock, it’s a wink to heroes from the past, a nod to contemporaries, and a bold “solo” dive into the future.
 
It’s a heavily electronic effort that boasts Kristin’s most impressive vocal delivery and widest range of songs to date.
 
But why the change – you ask?
 
“I wanted to open things up and shed light on significant influences that felt off-limits in Dum Dum land. I don’t want to fight them off anymore. That’d be a drag.”
 
“The music is so different from anything I’ve ever done – I felt compelled to shed the alter-ego instead of trying to morph Dum Dum Girls into something else. I didn’t want to mess with that legacy.”
  
Eight years becoming and now the unbecoming commences. Let ‘Dee Dee’ take a bow.
 
“So yeah, I’m Kristin … and this is Kristin Kontrol.”
 
The debut longplayer will be released worldwide this spring via Sub Pop.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, NOV 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Merchandise (feat. Dum Dum Girls) “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” single - available worldwide this Friday, 11/27

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This Friday, November 27th marks the release of the “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” single, a new collaboration between 4AD group Merchandise and Sub Pop recording artist Dum Dum Girls. If you’ve yet to hear “Red Sun”, have a listen on YouTube or Soundcloud now.

The exquisite, two-track offering, is currently available for preorder on on 7” / DL through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. Vinyl preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive a limited edition version of the 7” pressed on clear purple vinyl (while supplies last).


“Red Sun” and “Echo” were both written after midnight. “Red Sun” is the story of love, power, and weakness. A 3 minute narrative about the mystery of human attraction and its hold on the psyche. “Red Sun,” played by Dee Dee, is half siren and half desert wanderer. She’s the temptress and the God of War the body of a girl who can make all men her victim. “Echo” takes place in the streets of Berlin. In “Echo” our narrator is lost in the madness of regret and lost love. In the warm streets of summer he’s frozen by his thoughts as if it were winter already.


[Photo Credit:  Catie Laffoon]


What people are saying about “Red Sun”:
“A moody track that rests on a pulsing, sinister synth line and arid guitar.” - Stereogum
 
“Evoking Ennio Morricone by way of Bauhaus, “Red Sun” is a doom-laden, synthed-out siren song in which DDG’s Dee Dee plays the titular role….The track is a pulsing three minutes of goth grandiosity in which Merchandise’s Carson Cox is ultimately the one consumed. “I walked into the Red Sun” he croons, sounding both beaten and happily done in.” - Pitchfork
 
“…Merchandise and Dum Dum Girls have done you the favor of teaming up to give you a killer track in “Red Sun.” Both bands work off each other to churn out a track that’s super gothy and infectious.” - Noisey 
 
“The song is a gothic, synth-driven number that’s filled with syncopated beats and spacious guitar textures. Dum Dum Girls leader Dee Penny lends her noir-ish vocals to the verses, while Merchandise’s Carson Cox swoops and brightens things up somewhat for the catchy chorus.” - Exclaim
 
“The result of this team up is a happy marriage between both bands’ sounds, finding an edge in dark, atmospheric pop.” - DIY


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Merchandise Collaborate with Dum Dum Girls for one-off single “Red Sun” / “Echo” - Premiere via Stereogum

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In this collaborative effort, 4AD group Merchandise and Sub Pop’s own Dum Dum Girls present the new “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” 7” single, available worldwide Friday, November 27th from Sub Pop.  (Listen to “Red Sun”)

“Red Sun” and “Echo” were both written after midnight.  “Red Sun” is the story of love, power, and weakness. A 3 minute narrative about the mystery of human attraction and its hold on the psyche.  “Red Sun,” played by Dee Dee, is half siren and half desert wanderer.  She’s the temptress and the God of War the body of a girl who can make all men her victim.  “Echo” takes place in the streets of Berlin.  In “Echo” our narrator is lost in the madness of regret and lost love. In the warm streets of summer he’s frozen by his thoughts as if it were winter already.  This new single was conceived in Tampa, FL and recorded between Tampa, Berlin and NYC during the summer of 2015.  

(Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon)

Stereogum had this to say about “Red Sun”, “a moody track that rests on a pulsing, sinister synth line and arid guitar. Dee Dee handles the verses, playing some sort of man-eating desert siren, while Carson Cox jumps in on the chorus” (see track premiere October 19th).


The “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” single is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. Preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive a limited edition version of the 7” pressed on clear purple vinyl (while supplies last).

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Dum Dum Girls’ digital single for “Coming Down” (radio edit) b/w “Girls Intuition” is also now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes and all streaming services.  Both songs were available exclusively on very limited edition 7” vinyl.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JUL 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Watch Dum Dum Girls’ unreleased video for “Coming Down” via Stereogum

In 2011, prior to the release of Dum Dum Girls’ second album Only In Dreams, Dee Dee met up with friend and director Sam Macon while visiting New York City to shoot a video for song “Coming Down.” “Bedroom Eyes” was tapped as the lead single (Macon also directed that video), but everyone felt “Coming Down” warranted its own introduction. In true DIY fashion, Dee Dee, Sam, and a few friends spent a day shooting in Chinatown, chasing light across the Williamsburg bridge.

Having only previously worked with director Christin Turner on more aesthetically obscure videos, Dee Dee admits, “I couldn’t handle starring in such a straight forward, HD role — it was just too much me. I felt exposed and that made me uncomfortable.”

Against the urging of Macon, Sub Pop, and her management, Dee Dee made the call against releasing it and it was canned. (Future bass player Malia James eventually made the official video for the song.)

Fast forward to 2015 and a sync of the song on the acclaimed television series Orange Is The New Black. Soundtracking Natasha Lyonne’s character in a heartbreaking scene brought on an overwhelming response to the song, and this renewed interest found Dee Dee being asked, yet again, to release the initial video.



“I look like a kid in it,” Dee Dee comments. “I look as young and vulnerable as I actually was at that point in my life — it’s probably the most honest visual I’ve done to date, which is probably why I fought it,” she laughs. She reached out to Macon and he replied simply,
“I’ve been waiting for this text for four years (see Stereogum video premiere July 21st)

Dum Dum Girls’ digital single for “Coming Down” (radio edit) b/w “Girls Intuition” is now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes and all streaming services.    


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Dum Dum Girls, Bret Easton Ellis, & the “Are You Okay” Psychological Thriller

Sub Pop, Vice & MOCA TV proudly present Dum Dum Girls in “Are You Okay”, a short film written by Bret Easton Ellis and featuring the single “Are You Okay” from the band’s acclaimed new album, Too True. The psychological thriller which stars Dee Dee Penny and Shiloh Fernandez, was directed by Brewer, produced by Braxton Pope, with additional musical score composed by Tamaryn and Drew McDowall. The video also features Charles Ray’s artwork (Two Boys, 2010 fiberglass) courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. And for all you cinephiles, you can watch a making of the video here.

Dum Dum Girls are on tour, go see them.

Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah* (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar*
Mar. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Mar. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister*
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Spotify House (2pm)
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX -  SXSW –  Mohawk / SPIN at House of Vans Day Party (4:15pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (12pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – The Hype Hotel (2pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Convention Center, Ballroom D / KCSN Show at Radio Day Stage (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Red 7 / Ground Control Touring Showcase (1:10am)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – The Tumblr House @ Clive Bar (5pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW –  SXSan Jose @ Hotel San Jose (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – The Chevrolet Compound @ Cedar Street (11:45pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – I Heart Comix & Check Your Ponytail @ Empire Garage and Control Room (2:15pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Gypsy / Sailor Jerry’s (5pm)
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Spillover Music Fest / Club Dada*
Mar. 18 - Nashville, TN - Exit / Inn*
Mar. 19 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree*
Mar. 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Mar. 21 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade*
Mar. 22 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Mar. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s* (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg* 
Mar.  27 - Boston, MA -  Brighton Music Hall*
Mar. 28 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore*
Mar. 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
Mar. 30 - Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch*
Mar. 31 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle* (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock*
Apr. 04 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Apr. 05 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Apr. 06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Apr. 08 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent* (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 09 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club*
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)
May 01 - London, UK - Scala
May 03 - Manchester, UK - Round House
May 04 - Leeds, UK - Live In Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club 
May 05 - Norwich, UK  - Norwich Art Centre
May 07 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
May 08 - Belfast, UK - The Blackbox
May 09 - Galway, UK - Roisin Dubh
May 10 - Dublin, IE - The Button Factory
May 11 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus
May 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
May 15 -  Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia
May 16 - Rome, IT -  Traffic Club
May 17 - Carpi, IT - Mattatoio
May 18 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
May 20 - Hamburg, DE - Knust
May 21 - Berlin, DE -  Lido
May 22 - Munich, DE - Orangehouse @ Feierwerk
May 24 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Klub
May 25 -  Esch Alzette, LU -  ROCKHAL
May 26 - Paris, FR -  La Maroquinerie
May 27 - Paris, FR - Silencio
May 28 - Strasbourg, FR -  La Laiterie
May 29 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits Sonores @ Les Confluences
May 31 - Barcelona, ES  - Primavera
Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Al Parc
Jun. 02 - Toulouse, FR - Connexion Cafe
Jun. 03 - Bordeaux, FR - Relache
Jun. 07 - Porto, PT - Primavera
* w/ Blouse




Posted by Sam Sawyer