The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots (Storefront / Sony RED)

The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots (Storefront / Sony RED)

The latest release, their fourth album proper is a self-titled album from pop punk band The Dollyrots is due for release on 18th September via Storefront / Sony RED. Formed by childhood friends Kelly Ogden (vocals / bass) and Luis Cabezas(guitar / backing vocals). They are also featured on Bowling For Soups upcoming release and will be touring with the fun loving lads this October along with Patent Pending. This will be the fourth album from the Florida band and was produced by John Fields. Mind you I’m a little surprised they could fit in alive tour as they have been very busy doing bits and bobs including acting /songs for Disney’s ‘Brave’, CSI:NY, Reaper, Vampire Diaries, and others too numerous to mention. But I’m glad they could do it, their existing fans will be thrilled,and the new comers like myself will be too.

They play mostly pop punk with the occasional funk overtone with more attitude than a teenager with an aerosol facing a brick wall. This album is full of energy with confidant vocals, high tempo bass, and more guitar chords than I can count.  When I realised they were fronted by a female vocalist I first though Paramour (wince) then Avril Lavigne (bigger wince) but no actually they really do rock. Ok so the lyrics are a little cheesy sometimes and occasionally it sounds a little bit teeny bopper but this is such an overall great album and so much fun that it doesn’t matter one little bit. Some of the highlights of the album include ‘Twist Me To The Left’ which starts out a bit more old school Brit punk before exploding into a full on floor filler and ‘Pretty On The Outside’ is a funky little number with some real girl power lyrics. ‘F U Famous’ is incredible funny while ‘After 2012’ is a lullaby for the end of the world and really shows off the excellent vocal skills of Kelly Ogden (think Barbie doll with a blowtorch and your pretty much there). The song which best sums them up however is ‘Hyperactive’,rebellious, uncompromising, girlie, powerful, fun, simply utterly absolutely fabulous!

Catch them live in the UK this October in Newcastle (14th)Glasgow (15th), Liverpool (16th),Belfast (17th),Dublin (18th), Leeds (19th), Manchester (20th),Holmfirth (21st), Preston (22nd), Norwich (23rd),Birmingham (24th),  Nottingham(25th), Bristol (26th), Oxford (27th), and Cambridge (28th). 7.5 / 10

Helen Todner

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The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots (Storefront / Sony RED)