Published October 15, 2011 by JB
The energy is building slowly. In one corner you have an upstart band, confident, young, attractive and hitting their stride. The crowds are growing with each show. They’re selling out. Their album is selling out. Fans from age 21-45 are in the room but you know you this is a show for the young at heart. The Dum Dum Girls commanded a Chicago audience on Friday night. Who cares that the hometown Pumpkins are playing a sold out show a few blocks away. Those who knew where to be that night came to the Empty Bottle with their ticket (or they came begging for one). Let the buildup slowly begin.
A night that began with Colleen Green’s stoner pop, followed by the power jam set of the Crocodiles paved way to the early and unexpected highlight of the night – a blazing duet of ‘I Wanna Kill’ between Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls and her husband, Brandon Welchez – lead singer of the Crocodiles. Jaws dropped, cameras clicked and the fire was set. Moments later the Dum Dum Girls bring it, dressed to kill and not relying on charm or looks to win your gasps. Verbal banter was kept at a minimum. Twas the night to watch them perform – guitars moving in and out between the few lights that tried to put a glow on the black stage. Welcome to the world of why you can’t pull this off when you’re 45 and playing tribute to your old hits. New songs with new girls – for a new crowd in a one of the greatest cities we have. You could not ask for more (unless of course you didn’t have a ticket). There’s only a small slice of time where you get to be the new group at the right time, with the right crowd playing the right songs. The Dum Dum Girls are right where they need to be. Jam on!