Published Feb 18, 2011Last fall, California fuzz pop outfit Dum Dum Girls cancelled their North American tour when frontwoman Dee Dee returned home following her mother's death. The band have since unveiled the EP He Gets Me High -- written and recorded before the family tragedy -- and have now set their sights on a new full-length.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Dee Dee said that the new album is tentatively scheduled for late 2011. She explained, "Our next record, as much as I really love the songs, is definitely a dark record."
Many of the songs were inspired by the singer's late mother, who suffered from brain cancer during the final months of her life. "I've never experienced death that closely before," Dee Dee explained. "I've had a close friend pass away. My husband's best friend passed away -- grandparents. But to be in the same room with it on a regular basis? It's really impossible to not have that really seep into anything artistic you would try to do. It will all be coloured by that."
While we won't be hearing this new, darker sound for several months, the recording has already been completed. Dee Dee recently told Pitchfork, "Even though the EP is about to come out, we just finished recording the next album. There's one song on it that's a real first for us -- a big, lush, epic ballad. Kind of Mazzy Star, Spiritualized-eque stuff."
He Gets Me High comes out on March 1 via Sub Pop, and we've already posted the title track right here. Now, to help tide you over until the official release, here's the band's cover of the Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." It reinvents the jangly classic as a fuzzed-out punk stomper. Listen below, courtesy of Slicing Up Eyeballs/Old Waver.
Dum Dum Girls - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (The Smiths) by AwkwardSound