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Dum Dum Girls - Factory 251, Manchester, 13/11/2011

  by Aaron Brown

published: 26 / 11 / 2011

Dum Dum Girls - Factory 251, Manchester, 13/11/2011


Aaron Brown at Factory 251 in Manchester finds, despite them coning on an hour and a half late, Californian girl group's garage punk charms winning him over

We are not amused. There is a queue stretching round the corner of the Factory and people aren’t happy. A friend Facebooks me advising the Dum Dum Girls have just updated their status to "having dinner"! I delightfully inform her it should be "playing live on stage as people have to work in the fucking morning." Finally after an hour a half they start letting us in and it can’t come to soon. People are restless and peeved off. Four piece all girl bands, eh! Support act Veronica Falls are delightfully gloomy reminding me of a more indie Siouxsie and the Banshees while Geordie lot, Retriever, do the business as many of the crowd are fellow Geordies. As for the Dum Dum Girls, while they are a tight four piece there’s no crowd interaction and we are treated to an emotionless set. This being a Sunday many people including myself are up past their bedtime and subsequently leave half way through. While I cannot knock the Dum Dum’s choice of material as they stick mainly to new offering 'Only in Dreams', they could have played a few more of the classics. All in all, we are contented in the end and leave sunny California for damp and cold Manchester in November. Bliss.

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Dum Dum Girls - Factory 251, Manchester, 13/11/2011

Dum Dum Girls - Factory 251, Manchester, 13/11/2011

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