The polka-dotted trio will launch their assault October 2 at Park West in Chicago and hit clubs and theatres in more than 20 cities, including the Opera House in Toronto (October 5), the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (October 10), Exit /In in Nashville (October 15), the Work Play Theatre in Birmingham, Ala. (October 17), House of Blues in Dallas (October 21), and Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco (October 29).

Tickets for a few shows on the tour are available through Ticketmaster.

The Pipettes officially comprises three wickedly sly gals – RiotBecki (Rebecca Stephens), Rosay (Rose Dougal) and Gwenno (Gwenno Saunders), plus guitarist Monster Bobby (Bobby Barry), bassist Jon Cassette (Jon Falcone), keyboardist Seb Cassette (Seb Falcone) and drummer Jason Cassette (Jason Adelina) The four male musicians are known collectively as The Cassettes. Dougal told Pollstar the initial idea for group came from Barry and original member Julia Clark-Lowes in 2003.

“They came up with the idea of perhaps creating a pop band based on 1950s and early ’60s girl groups re-implemented in a modern context,” Dougal said.

The singer said she and the other members of the band all knew each other from the Brighton music scene and jumped at the chance to “put an end to stodgy, standardized boy rock by embracing their love of classic Brill building pop and polka-dot dresses.”

Dougal was quick to point out that although the concept for the group originated with Barry, this is not a typical girl-group situation.

“Despite Bobby initiating the idea for the group, it’s definitely a very democratic process. All seven of us are equally involved in the way in which the music is formed. There isn’t one sort of lead character in the band.

“I think probably a lot of people have made that assumption that Bobby’s the Svengali of the band, but actually it’s very much a group effort.”

The group’s subversively catchy tunes have scored them a number of hit singles in the U.K., including “Dirty Mind,” “Pull Shapes,” “Judy,” and “Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me.”

They’ve been sharpening their live show, which has won them raves from the U.K. press, the past couple of years opening for the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Maximo Park and current British bad girl, Amy Winehouse.

After a pair of buzz-building performances at South By Southwest in Austin earlier this year, the Pips sold out shows across the U.S. during a mini-tour timed to coincide with the release of an EP, Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me.