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Dum Dum Girls set release date for 'Only in Dreams,' with Sunset Junction and Troubadour dates

June 30, 2011 |  2:05 pm

Dum Dum Dum Girls' "He Gets Me High," an EP released in March, was a flinty little thing, rife with guitar noise and vintage pop sugar and an unexpected streak of bleak wistfulness. Turns out it came just before a deep personal tragedy for the L.A. quartet's singer Dee Dee -- she had lost her mother to brain cancer. After her death, lyrics such as "I would watch as you were sleeping / To make sure you were still breathing" became even more retroactively poignant.

The band is set to release the album "Only in Dreams," its first new music since "High," on Sept. 27 on Sub Pop. In a Spring feature, Dee Dee (née Kristin Gundred) promised the album was "definitely a dark record," but also represents a step up in both fidelity and heft -- unlike the EP, Dee Dee recorded "Only in Dreams" with contributions from all three of her bandmates. They'll play from it on an upcoming tour around the U.S. and Europe, plus two L.A. dates: an Aug. 8 set at the Sunset Junction Street Fair and Oct. 3 at the Troubadour.


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Photo, left to right: Drummer Sandy,  guitarist Jules,  ringleader Dee Dee and bassist Bambi. Credit: Tyson Wirtzfield.