Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s song featured on The Morning Show with John Richards is “Coming Down” by Dum Dum Girls from the 2011 album Only In Dreams on Sub Pop Records.
The California-based Dum Dum Girls first appeared following the untimely demise of bluesy indie rock trio Grand Ole Party, as frontwoman Kristen Gundred’s new project. Gundred, now known as Dee Dee, shod the punk-leanings of her previous project in favor of a more jangly, lo-fi approach. Following her signing to Sub Pop, Dum Dum Girls expanded to a four-piece (with Dee Dee at the fore), and in 2010, the band’s debut, I Will Be, was met with critical acclaim. It’s not hard to see why: the lack of production doesn’t hide the infallibly catchy hooks, nor does it mask choruses so catchy you’ll hardly be able to worm them out of your head. Part of this may come from the production of Richard Gottehrer, famous for his work with Blondie and The Raveonettes, but Dee Dee’s infuriatingly hip songwriting is still the star.
Now, barely a year after they stormed the airwaves, the Girls are back with Only In Dreams, a more shoegazey, post-punky take on the lo-fi sound. Today’s featured song, “Coming Down,” is a six-and-a-half minute slow jam, full of reverb-filled croons and slowly churning guitars, fit only for what the title implies.