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Interview:
Dum Dum Girls keep it "True" on latest tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Dee Dee Penny says it's been awhile since her Dum Dum Girls have been able to do more than one tour in support of an album. So for the second go-round for "Too True," the group's third full-length, she's decided to do something a little different than last time.

"We're playing all of 'Too True,' from start to finish," says Penny (real name Kristin Welchez), who recorded "Too True" primarily herself after making 2011's "Only In Dreams" with the touring unit of Dum Dum Girls. "It's something people want, and that was cool because when you first put out a new record you obviously play the single and then maybe a handful of other songs, but it's kind of sad you can't play everything.

"So for me I guess this is kind of indulgent, but the album's been out (since January) and it's enjoyable to think we're getting to play songs that I never expected to play live, as well as some older stuff I've never played live before."

Penny says that for the current tour she also asked Dum Dum Girls fans "to tell me if there was anything in particular they were dying to hear, which presented other challenges for the live show.

"It's interesting because the sound (of 'Too True') is pretty far removed from the first record and the first EP," Penny explains. "So when people request, like, the first 7-inch song or something it makes me laugh to think of how we would even do that. We'd have to fire two band members to recreate that kind of ramshackle sound we were making back that.

"There is a song off the first record called 'Lines in Her Eyes' which was always a favorite of mine that we never ever, ever played, and some people requested it. So I thought, 'OK, cool, let's try it,' and it was a really weird experience 'cause on the record it's basically just a bass line and drums, a couple of vocals, not really any guitar happening. It's really straightforward. And when I ran it through the current band it just sounded too different and too sunny, too California, and it was very strange. It was like the Byrds lite, y'know? It just didn't translate, but it was interesting to try it out."

Dum Dum Girls and Ex Cops

Saturday, Oct. 25. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Tickets are $15.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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