Before their sudden breakup, Grand Ole Party were one of San Diego’s most promising bands. And though the group’s members have gone on to make interesting music via acts like Dum Dum Girls and The Hot Moon, it’s hard not to miss the Party days.
But now, those of us who have worn out our copies of Humanimals have cause to rejoice: Grand Ole Party will release their sophomore album, Under Our Skin, on August 30. The record was recorded in 2009 just before the band’s breakup and, until now, has gone unheard. The announcement of next week’s posthumous release comes out of the blue, but the surprise sure is a welcome one.
Dum Dum Girls should never have gotten big.
The band began as just a side project for Kristin Gundred, who released a demo under the Dum Dum Girls name for her fledgling Zoo Music label in 2008. The songs raised some eyebrows, but no one ever expected the band to overtake Gundred’s main gig: San Diego’s fast-rising Grand Ole Party.
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