Sunday, April 11, 2010
Record Store Day 2010: Dum Dum Girls / Male Bonding Split 7"
Few buzz bands can ever live up to the heaping of praise that they receive from the hipsterati blogger elite. And who can expect them to in the literal overnight success story that is the internet, where they are being listed as 'rising / band to watch / best new music / quit your day job / highly recommended / in heavy rotation' in multiple places in the same day? Sure it's exciting the first week but then you realize you have to actually play well and there are expectations to live up to. And this is a very fickle crowd you have as a captive audience. They have a blog and can post to it from their iPhone.
So far so good for Sub Pop's Dum Dum Girls. They weathered the initial year long next best thing assault and actually delivered a full length that you might not be shy about sliding on the ol' hi-fi in front of your gathering of friends five years from now. So with this in mind you might want to consider adding their Record Store Day split with Male Bonding to your list of must haves. Fascinating that the songs here are 'Pay For Me / Before It's Gone' which can sum up both the releases you'll find on Record Store Day as well as the 'here today, gone tomorrow' nature of the eternally marching hype parade.
Speaking of hype- Male Bonding (Sub Pop, also) have been on the receiving end of some of that recently. Despite being from the UK the jury is still out on them for me. Hopefully this split will help with the convincing.
If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles you can see both bands perform on Record Store Day (this Saturday) at Origami Vinyl.
You've already watched this video for 'Jail La La' several times, but what the hell. Watch it again:
Male Bonding - 'Years Not Long (Live on the Beeb)'