A Little Messed Up by The Dollyrots (Blackheart Records)
It is clear that the year 2010 will be a memorable one for The Dollyrots. The band made a much lauded guest appearance on The Price Is Right, and hung out with host Drew Carey for the day. And then they traded the company of a game show host for that of definitive punk rock legends. Touring the entire country in support of Pete Shelley and the Buzzcocks, The Dollyrots were playing to many whom were hearing their rambunctious punk rock melodies for the very first time. And now their third album, A Little Messed Up, has been unleashed and it’s an absolute stunner!
A boatload of noted producers participated on the making of the album, including Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Dixie Chicks), Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Replacements) and a whole lot more. And even in spite of all the hands in the mix, the sound and attitude remains exclusively Dollyrots – able to work with the very best and come up with something truly unique and all their own! The 13 tracks on A Little Messed Up are mighty punk rock anthems, many of which you’ll be singing long after the disc spins to its glorious conclusion.
Rock Control opens A Little Messed Up on a wildly infectious note, a great big song that should have their fans screaming along in pits all across the nation. Some Girls is a bright and sassy tune of arena-sized proportions that is groovy Ramones-like fun. And then there’s California Beach Boy, where two Southland cultures clash with amusing, harmonic results.
Roller Coaster is an oddly effective ballad, showing a diverse side to the Dollyrots sound. My Heart Explodes and the grand title continue to show the Dollyrots gifted knack for writing the perfect punk rock song. And then there’s the ferocious Bigmouth, an attitude-ridden rocker in the grand tradition of the Blondie classic Rip Her To Shreds.
Coming After You should be the theme song of empowerment for all made to feel weird and gawky by their more “trendy” peers. “So done with playing nice, do you hear me, this ones for you,” sneers the song with a ferocious sense of conviction and perhaps revenge.
Let’s Be In Love is sweet and primal, with the Dollyrots vocalist Kelly Ogden letting out a fierce growl at the beginning of the song. Just Like Chocolate is cool and seductive while closing track On Nom Nom is a deliciously brilliant cut whose sweet choruses are good enough to eat!
The aforementioned Kelly Ogden (also on bass) possesses a good deal of charisma and presence, delivering the vocals with a fierce sense of irony and drive. She is definitely one of the most underrated front-women in the punk rock scene today. The trio is rounded out by the tremendous contributions of Luis Cabezas (guitar) and Chris Black (drums). Together, they will be forever known as the Dollyrots, and they will remain AWESOME for not only now, but the bittersweet rock and roll years to come!
A Little Messed Up is the second Dollyrots slab of tunes to be released by Blackheart Records – owned by none other than punk rock legend Joan Jett! Along with their previous albums Eat Your Heart Out and Because I’m Awesome, The Dollyrots has amassed a thrilling collection of timeless punk rock songs. If The Ramones and the Go-Go’s were to have a hot monster child from a super illicit encounter, it would turn out a lot like the Dollyrots. High energy, badass fun from a band destined to finally make their way to the top!!!
“Some girls will, some girls wanna, some girls might, some girls are gonna, but I don’t…” – just try to get that one out of your head! Cuz with songs this charming and mischievous, you won’t wanna…
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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