End of Daze
Dum Dum Girls
End of Daze
"Tonight I sing my eulogy," goes the ending of "Mine Tonight," the opening number of the Dum Dum Girls' End of Daze EP. That line and its heartsick rejoinder—"Won't you sing it with me?"—are cushioned by echoing, shoegaze guitar lines in a pairing that sets the course for these five B-sides culled from the Only In Dreams sessions. At its best, the Dum Dum Girls bend distorted guitar romantics instrumental swoops and swoons around that hazy rock-band crunch to bracket chief Dum Dum Dee Dee's lyrics and melodies with a dynamic edge. The EP could use a little more of that aspect: "Trees and Flowers" and "Lord Knows" bleed into each other with a similar slowed tempo and guitar jangle and weary longings. Still, "Season in Hell" rises up to close it off like a gorgeous, triumphant '80s rocker, and in doing so reintroduces the lively dynamic that so often lends this band its potency.
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