Show Review: Little Big Show #3 with Dum Dum Girls & Craft Spells

all photos by Jim Bennett

For the third Little Big Show of the year, Dum Dum Girls and Craft Spells teamed up for a wonderful evening of indie rock harmony. Both bands have elements of shoegaze and post-punk, and together, they comprised a stellar bill. In line with the first two Little Big Shows, all proceeds from the show went to charity. This time around, LBS raised over $5,000 for NFFTY, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Each year, NFFTY hosts a platform for young filmmakers to promote their accomplishments and inspire them for more. To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit their website.

Craft Spells took to the stage to a fantastic early turnout. The band has not played in Seattle since their show opening up for The Drums and their short show on the Yeti Stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival this year. Burning through tunes from their excellent new EP Gallery, Craft Spells is really beginning to show signs of honing their on stage sound and presence. Justin Vallesteros was animated and all over the stage like a classic 1980s frontman. The band sounded excellent and the crowd was very receptive to their upbeat Modern English-esque sounds.

Craft Spells:

Dum Dum Girls came onstage dolled up and dashing as always, each with a unique vibe. But as different as their individual aesthetics were, together, Dum Dum Girls were a cohesive machine. Live, their tunes were rawer and faster. Sandy’s earsplitting snare cracked through the air like gunshots while Dee Dee and Jules shred away. Stage left, Malia sways quietly back and forth picking away at awesome bass lines. Playing most of their new EP End of Daze as well as many tracks from last year’s acclaimed Only In Dreams. After a fast and loud set, Dum Dum Girls exit the stage to wild applause and come back soon after for a well-deserved encore. Without a word, Dee Dee starts in on Only In Dreams slow jam “Coming Down”. The live adaption is as solemn as can be for the band, and the crowd is completely entranced. Surely, the band certainly went out on a high point.

Dum Dum Girls:

Dum Dum Girls’ new EP End of Daze is out on Sub Pop September 25!

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