Dum Dum Girls shine up a classic sound on new album

Singer-songwriter Dee Dee Penny started Dum Dum Girls in 2008 as a solo project.
Singer-songwriter Dee Dee Penny started Dum Dum Girls in 2008 as a solo project.SUB POP PUBLICITY

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In the press materials for Dum Dum Girls’ new album is a biography for the band that reads like a page torn from a diary. Written by Dee Dee Penny, the group’s singer and songwriter, the essay details just how raw and empowered she was while making “Too True.”

“Here it was spelled out for me: desire as muse; life as experiment; a miracle for every failure and vice versa. I put pen to paper and I wrote, and then I sang,” Dee Dee wrote. “I sang into my own private microphone, in my tiny bedroom studio, with no one save my make-believe co-conspirators to hear me, and no one to weight me with the looming pressure of inability. I was a woman possessed and my possession enabled me.”

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