ime heals all wounds, or so the phrase goes. For the dreamers however,
time gives them -- or maybe demands -- the perspective of every angle,
every possibility, every opportunity to wring out whatever is born from
experience. Simple moments alone can magnify these perspectives,
culminating in a deeper empathy, and for a select few, a muse for new
artistic expression. Such seems the fate of Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls.
Much has been written of Dee Dee’s personal trials, but no words speak
better of her handling of experience than her musical output. End of
Daze offers a bracing, daring sonic example of an artist evolving in her
understanding of the world.
End of Daze flows from a pair of bombastic opening tracks, through
the simmering, plaintive cover of Strawberry Switchblade’s "Trees and
Flowers," to the regretful ballad "Lord Knows," in which Dee Dee's voice
remains rich yet crystalline, a gorgeous, toned instrument revealing an
awareness of fear and misstep. Closing the EP is “Season in Hell,” a
raucous and practically joyful closing of the book on past pains, and,
perhaps more importantly, a looking forward ("Doesn't the dawn look
divine?") to the future. It is the last stages of grief and its repercussions,
a hopeful awakening somewhere on the other side, caught on tape.
The EP was recorded in 2011 and 2012 with Sune Rose Wagner of
The Raveonettes and Dee Dee’s longtime producer Richard Gottehrer,
whose track record includes the Brill Building, CBGB, and Sire Records.