Though this blogger is too green to remember, he feels safe enough to say San Jose has been starving for a great club scene since the Cactus Club went under (back in 2002, according to that one site you aren’t supposed to cite).
So when a band on Sub Pop rolls through town — even on a Monday — people find a way to go. And go they did. To see the Dum Dum Girls, at The Blank Club, May 21. Though shows at the Blank don’t start until after 9 p.m. the crowd didn’t seem to care one lick about missing their 8:30 meeting, as bartenders kept drinks flowing while the the Los Angeles quartet stormed through their set at the intimate, darkroom-esque venue.
The club was well-populated during sets by supporting acts Young Prisms and SISU, and it got downright cozy when the Girls took the stage to bang out tunes from their two Sub Pop LPs, I Will Be (2010) and Only In Dreams (2011).
Showing a penchant for pacing throughout the set, the Dum Dums moved through alternately slow, shimmering strummers, like the Mazzy Star-echoing “Coming Down” and fast, four-on-the-floor garage jams, like the poppy “Bedroom Eyes” and punky, eye-roll to authority, “Jail La La.” Four-part harmonies abound on the Girls’ records, and live (at least at the Blank), they pulled these off in spades.