Dum Dum Girls - Manchester Apollo

California band Dum Dum Girls are just too cool. The kind of thinking person's band you haven't seen since The Go-Go's had their heyday in the 80s. That little bit 60s girl group ala The Shangri-las mixed with the punky angst of The Runaways and the fine-honed tunage of The Primitives. With their beautiful harmonies and cheesecake stiletto heels and fishnet stockings, they would be Tarantino's favourite band, gently serenading you in the background while a room full of baddies got blown away to smithereens.

Starting up with The Stones' classic 'Play With Fire', the ladies charge through an electrified set of songs from their impressive debut album I Will Be. Like their male counterparts The Ramones (also hugely influenced by the girl groups) these ladies get down to business. The lovely 'Rest Of Our Lives' saunters in, lead vocalist Dee Dee showing off her prodigious pipes. The spitfire fun of 'It Only Takes One Night' is where things really get started, all power chords and impatient energy, followed quickly on its heels with the excellent 'Bhang Bhnag, I'm A Burnout'. The lush 'Baby Don't Go' slows things down again with the band filling the room with their amazing voices. The infectious 'Jail La la' and 'Everybody's Out' close the set.

With their skin-tight melodies, angelic voices and tough-chick attitude, the Dum Dum Girls make a refreshing change from the plastic dolls posing as pop stars. This is what all little girls should want to grow up to be.

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