For the wristbandless/badgeless masses, getting into an official night showcase at SXSW can be a bit tricky - sure, we could've tried to bluff our way into Bear Hands and Tapes N' Tapes gig at Rusty Spurs, but we just didn't have the energy to put up a good enough effort.
It's not too hard to find a show with a small cover, however, so we looked at our short list and decided to give the Sub Pop showcase at Red 7 a shot, seeing that Dum Dum Girls graced the lineup. We were fortunate enough to catch a snippet of them at the Fader Fort last year, but we walked in on the tail end of their set.
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It's easy to see why the band has found nice footing; after all it's four beautiful ladies - three of them up front in stockings, with guitars - playing some washed-out throwback rock in the vein of The Angels or The Shirelles. Dum Dum Girls build upon top of the pop foundation with a swath of fuzzy distortion, a drummer who plays with a furious vigor, and of course, some oohs and ahhs to round out the mix.
The band had planned to play a lengthier set, but was forced to trim a few numbers from the list due to time. In all, they ran out nine songs, including a pair from their new EP, He Gets Me High. Unfortunately they didn't make it to their version of The Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." All in all, though, it was an incredibly pleasing set.