Dum Dum Girls Working on New LP

[caption id="attachment_53693" align="alignnone" width="640"] Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls. Photo: Kabir Fernandez[/caption]

Here’s good news for those hoping to hear more from the Dum Dum Girls, following today's release of their excellent End of Daze EP: their next album is on the way. “I had amassed like 20 ideas and maybe 15 demos for this next record,” Dum Dum Girls lead singer Dee Dee told Hive, in between recording demos in L.A. for their currently-untitled follow up to last year’s Only in Dreams. “Then when I was home, maybe three months ago, I had a week and my plan was to go back in and re-evaluate them but I ended up writing a completely new set of songs and feeling very much like, “Ok, this is going to be the bulk of the record.” There’s probably room to figure out how it all fits together but in that moment it felt like one big movement.”

Although she didn't have many concrete details to share, this time she's working on "distilling" her lyrics, drawing from an old college text, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. "It’s about getting rid of superfluous stuff," she said of the book. "There’s something really lovely about getting swept up in words where you can’t tell what’s going on, but I’ve always felt the most moved by things that are really, really beautiful sounding but at the same time perfectly articulated.”

She was willing to spill some details on one song called "Evil Blooms" that has roots in Charles Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil. “I was on tour, probably stoned, sleeping in the van," she recalled. "I got an idea and had to frantically remember it and find my Blackberry and email it to myself and it was: “Evil blooms just like a flower/ the world stood down from her high tower/ It’s time to judge and time to cast her stones upon your path.”

While the last Dum Dum Girls’ full length was partially a tribute to Dee Dee’s mother, their next one will touch on other relationships in Dee Dee’s life. “The themes will be what I observe in my everyday life which is a lot of relationships and the relationship between the individual and the world at large, expectations, trying to carve out your own version of things,” she said. "Only in Dreams was written in the midst of a confusing and traumatic time and End of Daze is the aftermath of that and everything that I write from this point forward will be on the other side of the mountain. I’ll be starting out fresh with that behind me.”

End of Daze is out now on Sub Pop. Watch the new video for "Lord Knows" below:

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