Clara Bell And The Creeps is a band with a father and his twelve-year-old daughter, which, I have to say, is pretty damn rad. I personally have two albums with my children on them, so I know this is more about a labor of love than anything else. What saves this single from being sickeningly sweet with sentiment is that Clara actually has some really kickass vocals which match very nicely to the ‘60s soul doo-wop sound. The A-side’s “Dumb Boys” sounds like something you might pluck from those dusty bins of used vinyl, all those unknown gems from the ‘60s, covers all tattered and yellow. Sweet, clean, retro, and melodic. The B-side is a bit more sugar sweet with “Beach Baby”—some bubblegum doo-wop, with vocals a bit more syrupy. But hey, she’s twelve. It’s pretty fitting.
–Camylle Reynolds (Arkam)