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The Dollyrots
A Little Messed Up
Blackheart Records
www.thedollyrots.com


The Dollyrots are a punk rock band that show the moxie of Joan Jett and the catchy pogo rhythms of The Stooges. Fronted by female vocalist/bassist Kelly Ogden and joined by Luis Cabezus on guitar and backing vocals, and Chris Black on drums, The Dollyrots stir audiences to thrust themselves into living life without ever doubting the impulse. The trio goes wherever the winds take them on their new CD, A Little Messed Up; from the high voltage guitar surges of the title track to the '50s stylized rock of "Pour Tous Jours." Ogden makes for a feisty vixen reminiscent of Jemina Pearl complimented with having the cuteness of Gwen Stefani.

The crunching riffs and staggering beats of "Big Mouth" accentuate the catty nature of the lyrics as Ogden shouts, "Kissie, kissie to my face / Stab me, stab me in my chest / That girl has got a big mouth." The pop punk projectiles of "California Beach Boy" have a party pop vibe, which turns grizzly and biting in "Coming After You" as Ogden enforces, "So done with playing nice / Do you hear me / This one's for you… I'm coming after you." The pounding beats of "Let's Be In Love" are sutured in grenade-like guitar flusters, which switch to a power pop rustling in "Just Like Chocolate" as Ogden relates her feelings to chocolate, "You melt me just like chocolate / And I like it,/ And I want it." The band has a proclivity for bouncing swells and punk-driven punches like in "Om Nom Nom" and "Some Girls." The songs are made to encourage audiences to let loose and break out of the chains that bind them - especially in "Rock Control" - and then the band shifts to the romantically imbued setting of "Rollercoaster."

The Dollyrots blend 1950's rock with 1960's punk and modern power pop. Their tunes are well polished, sometimes falling into sugary pop like in "Just Like Chocolate," but for the most part, the album blazes with fiery thrusts emblematic of The Stooges and the savvy sauciness of Joan Jett. The Dollyrots make the combination just right.

-Susan Frances

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