Concert Review: Dum Dum Girls/Ex Cops at Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN – October 22, 2014

Photos/Published by Joe Stadele for TWTHS, 10/24/2014

Is their another female-driven band with the nonchalant cool and swagger of Dum Dum Girls? Dee Dee and company projected pure confidence as they performed their latest album, Too True, from start-to-finish, before an intimate audience at the Fine Line Music Cafe in downtown Minneapolis.

Dum Dum Girls ©JoeStadelePhotography2014 (19)The ladies were silhouetted as they took the stage, with just “DUM” flickering on the backing screen. In darkness, Jules played a guitar intro, one-by-one the band joined in as they erupted into an extended instrumental leading into the Too True opener “Cult of Love.”  Dee Dee’s voice sounded impeccable (despite being lost in the mix early in the show) and, notably, the addition of Andrew Miller on guitar has given her the flexibility to expand her presence on stage as she switched between pure vocals, tambourine and acoustic/electric guitars.  “Rimbaud Eyes” and “Are You Okay?” were early highlights, drawing in the audience as they swayed and sang along.  Picking up the tempo, “Lost Boys & Girls Club” and “Under These Hands” rounded out the Too True set.  While short for words, DDG let loose, rewarding fans with a selection of favorites from the band’s back catalog.  Harmonies between Dee Dee, Jules, and Malia were on point during “Lord Knows” and “Rest Of Our Lives;” the latter benefiting from the full sound of Dee Dee’s acoustic/electric guitar.  Dee Dee even invited a friend/fan (working the merch booth) on stage mid-song to bang away on the tambourine for a crowd pleasing “Bedroom Eyes.”

Ex Cops ©JoeStadelePhotography2014(13)Opening the night, the Brooklyn-based duo Ex Cops put on a crowd-pleasing set dominated by songs off their upcoming, Billy Corgan-produced album, Daggers.  From “Black Soap” to the set-closer “Daggers,” guitarist Brian Harding and vocalist/keyboardist Amalie Bruun were quick to draw in the crowd with tight vocal hooks paired with pop-meets-shoegaze melodies.  Bruun’s emotive voice was infectious and seductive on “Burnt Out Love;” reaching into Tori Amos territory.  The duo exchanged vocals on the synth and jangly guitar driven “White Noise.”  The most noticeable element of their 20 minute set was the fact the band drew in audience song-by-song.

Word to the wise (and curious): With Corgan at the helm on Daggers, Friday (Oct 24) night’s performance at the Metro in Chicago should prove to be worth the price of admission alone! (hint, hint.)

Dum Dum Girls’ setlist:
Cult of Love
Evil Blooms
Rimbaud Eyes
Are You Okay?
Too True To Be Good
In The Wake Of You
Lost Boys & Girls Club
Little Minx
Under These Hands
Trouble Is My Name
Girls Intuition
Trees & Flowers
Wrong Feels Right
Lord Knows
Rest Of Our Lives
It Only Takes One Night
I Got Nothing
Bedroom Eyes
Coming Down

Ex Cops’ setlist:
Black Soap
Burnt Out Love
White Noise
Tragically Alright


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