Dum Dum Girls @ The Bowery Ballroom (NYC) 3/4/11

Published on March 8th, 2011

Until this Dum Dum Girls show, I had never been to an all-girl group performance. I’d seen some performers in the past at coffeehouses and whatnot, but not here, not at The Bowery Ballroom, not from a group of musicians such as these. This all happened Friday March 4th, 2011.

Each member of the Dum Dum Girls wore a black dress and stockings. One of the guitarists in the group looked like Triana Orpheus from The Venture Brothers. She had short black hair extending down to her jaw, forming a line almost connecting with her chin. This guitarist also had on a necklace, a short dress with short sleeves, and darker, striped stockings.

There was also the lead singer and guitarist, Dee Dee (aka Kristin Gundred). She had bright red lipstick, black-and-white stockings with vertical stripes, a gold necklace, and dark hair with long bangs. Before the show, she was walking around outside the Bowery, where I was able to meet her.

Dum Dum Girls played an eclectic mix of songs from I Will Be and He Gets Me High, combining raw power with a metallic edge. They performed “Jail La La,” a song that Dee Dee introduced as “an old one.“ During this song, members of the crowd sang along with the girls during the chorus: “Someone tell my baby / Ore else he wont know I need saving.” Some substituted the “he” for a “she.” They treated audience members to a heavy live rendition of “He Gets Me High,” a song which showcased the grit and distortion of the bassist’s playing. The group also played “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout,” “Everybody’s Out,” and when they finally came out for an encore, their cover of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.”

When the show ended, some audience members remained at the Bowery for drinks at the bar, near the coat check and merchandise table. There were a lot of young women in the crowd that night. Like Dum Dum Girls, most of these ladies also wore black dresses and stockings.

Members of the dispersing crowd also included comedian Aziz Ansari, who at the time was talking with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. Both were approached by a fan or two on their way out, one of whom mentioned that he recognized Aziz from his performance at Bonnaroo.

On my way out of the Bowery, standing near the back entrance, I noticed the fire-haired bassist for Dum Dum Girls standing around chatting with some guys. At one point, she and I ended up talking. She introduced herself as Bambi, and I thanked her before I left.

He Gets Me High – Dum Dum Girls

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There is a Light That Never Goes Out – Dum Dum Girls

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