Despite the fact that it was about 100 degrees outside, Dee Dee, the singer/songwriter from Dum Dum Girls, was dressed head to toe in gorgeous black lace for her interview with Playboy.com.
Despite the fact that it was about 100 degrees outside, Dee Dee, the singer/songwriter from Dum Dum Girls, was dressed head to toe in black lace. Her petite and quiet demeanor was immediately apparent when she hopped off the golf cart to chat with us while we sat on a hill by the water. Is ruining taffeta considered punk rock? The four-piece band rose to critical acclaim after their first album, I Will Be, and has since toured with mega indie pop bands like Vampire Weekend and Beach House. After a night of deejaying at a club, Dee Dee was ready to play the one-two punch many musicians did this past weekend by appearing on the bills of two mega festivals: Osheaga and Lollapalooza.
Playboy.com: You guys just released the first single off your EP End of Daze, entitled “Lord Knows.” Does your writing incorporate the same intimacy as the other albums you’ve done?
Dee Dee: I think that the song is a pretty accessible narrative; it’s just a strange sad song I wrote late at night. At this point I’ve made it obvious that I’m more of a confessional song writer, but I try to capture things that are a bit more universal in my songs. Everyone goes through very different experiences in their lives even if we all find comfort in the same music. It doesn’t necessarily have to be specific to you, but I think for me I always strongly identify with songs even though they’re not quite the same experiences I have. When I write, everything tends to be seeded in something that I’ve known, but I try to build it a little bigger.
Playboy.com: I noticed you guys have a pretty interactive Twitter account. Do you feel that the instant connection through technology is helping or hurting musicians in regards to telling their stories through music?
Dee Dee: I think it’s both. It’s probably been the best and worst thing for art in general. Obviously, I can trace the trajectory of the band hand-in-hand with the internet in terms of putting out songs and having them heard across the country. But it definitely takes away from…I don’t know, I think I’ve always thought, “less is more.” I like to not know every little detail, I like to have distance between what I do. The instant access to everything is sort of infuriating, but it’s just where the world is at this point so it’s kind of silly not to run with it.
Playboy.com: A couple of years ago you took your father on tour with you through Europe. To some that would be a horror.
Dee Dee: It was both out of wanting to help him fill his time because we had just gone through this big family affair, but it was also just the fact that he is a really cool, interesting guy who has watched me do this for years and years and years. I thought it would be a really special thing to give him a firsthand account of what I do.
Playboy.com: You guys have an EP coming out; what’s the story behind it?
Dee Dee: The first two songs of the five-song EP were written when the Only in Dreams songs were penned. They were the last songs to make it as potential songs for that record, but in the end they just didn’t make sense when we tried to work them out in the band format. And they also just lent themselves to a different sound, so I decided to use them for the next thing we would be working on. I wrote the last two songs as the bookend of the EP, which makes it all a bit of a progression. It begins in the midst of everything that Only in Dreams deals with, and it sort of ends in a moving on vibe. And there’s a great Strawberry Switchblade song thrown in the middle of it. We’re excited, it’s a new chapter and ever forward.
Dum Dum Girls’ EP End of Daze is out September 25th on Sub Pop Records.