February 9, 2011

Song Review: Dum Dum Girls' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (The Smiths)


Pulling off a great cover of a classic is no easy fete. While some bands easily fail at the task by karaokeing their way through, others put the effort into successfully making someone else's song sound as if it were their own. On their forthcoming He Gets Me High EP, indie pop nu-gazers, Dum Dum Girls, tackle The Smiths classic, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." Unlike the original which is filled with Johnny Marr's iconic jangly, soft guitar strumming, the Dum Dum Girls inject a loudness into the formerly serene track by putting their foot to the distortion pedal and ripping through crunchy riffs. The low bassline and the heart skipping drum beat give this mellow Manchester classic a SoCal surf rock makeover, while the glassy synths of '86 are exchanged for ones that sound like they will burn through your speaker. Front woman, Dee Dee, still keeps Morrissey's spirit in tact -- albeit in an almost sinister fashion -- brooding along the iconic lyrics while her fellow Dum Dum Girls' justify the band's girl group-homaging ways through ethereal harmonizing. There are hundreds of cover songs from The Smiths back catalog out there at this point, but the Dum Dum Girls take on "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" is one of the most noisiest and edgiest interpretations of Moz and Marr in recent memory.

Dum Dum Girls - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (The Smiths)

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