WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2012|
"Time heals all wounds, or so the phrase goes" starts off Sub Pop's press release for Dum Dum Girls new EP, End Of Daze. Don't start thinking of Taylor Swift, though - these wounds aren't making Dee Dee sing about how she's never, ever, ever getting back together with her ex.
"I've dreamed a death/it's mine tonight" Dee Dee croons in the EP's opener, "Mine Tonight". The song punches with its 90s garage rock mixed with slightly more modern pop influences. Listeners are taken ahold of instantly, and we're along for this short-lived ride.
After assuring us that she has "nothing left to say from this day on", the album slows for a moment to allow for the plaintive cover of Strawberry Switchblade's "Trees and Flowers". Unlike some covers, this one is executed beautifully; Dee Dee's voice seems to be just the ticket to deliver an oldie and revive it to appeal to a newer generation.
In "Lord Knows", the hard-hitting bass drum leads us into a song that seems to act as Dee Dee's attempt at redemption for her wrong-doings. "I want to live a pure life" and "I can't hurt you anymore", she assures us.
The short EP ends with "Season In Hell". The Cure-esque bassline back up Dee Dee as she sings about what seems to be a new beginning: "Doesn't the dawn look divine?" The EP relived Dee Dee's season in hell, and also relieved her from it with this closer, as she washes her hands and moves on.