Sunday, August 15, 2010

THE DOLLYROTS @ The Bootleg Theater

The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden at The Bootleg Theater.
The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden at The Bootleg Theater.
photograph by picksysticks




The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden at The Bootleg Theater.
The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden at The Bootleg Theater.
photograph by picksysticks




It was a homecoming for The Dollyrots Friday night at The Bootleg Theater as the group took a break from their tour with The Cliks and Hunter Valentine to attend their official cd release party for their new record "A Little Messed Up." The album doesn't drop until August 17th, but that didn't stop The Dollyrots from handing out their new cd to the first 50 fans who showed up.

"A Little Messed Up" is the second record from Joan Jett's Blackheart Records and it's fitting because it seems like they channel a little bit of Joan Jett in this album. The rock influence is most noticeable on the first track, "Rock Control," a guitar heavy rock-anthem that opens this album and continues in "Big Mouth," and even throws us a ballad-esque rock tune in the form of "Rollercoaster."

But although "A Little Messed Up" is more of a rock album than a punk album,
with their signature fast paced throttle and catchy melodies, fans of The Dollyrots won't be disappointed. In fact, this album has a song for everyone, a testament to the The Dollyrots' maturing writing style. Songs like "Om Nom Nom," "California Beach Boy," and "Some Girls," capture what fans love about The Dollyrots. The title track, "A Little Messed Up," and "California" also features the classic Dollyrots sound – fun, fast with anthem-like choruses to sing and dance to.

However, it's also the slower paced songs that are the true highlights because they showcase Kelly's surprising silky vocals. Just check out "Pour Tous Jours," and "Just Like Chocolate," which coincidently sounds just like "Dumb," the B-side to the "California Beach Boy" vinyl single released in January. But it's the fast and infectious, catchy melodies that The Dollyrots are known for and they deliver in "A Little Messed Up." And with Luis Cabezas' guitar on full-throttle, Kelly Ogden's pulse-pounding beats on bass and Chris Black's frenetic drumming, The Dollyrots show no signs of slowing down as evidenced Friday night as fans witnessed first hand that energy that they're famous for. The Dollyrots faithful showed up in full force and with opening acts Ingenue and Go Set Go starting off the show, it surely was a night worthy of a Dollyrots show.

Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots performing at their cd release party at The Bootleg Theater.Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots performing at their cd release party at The Bootleg Theater.

Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots performing at their cd release party at The Bootleg Theater.Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots performing at their cd release party at The Bootleg Theater.
Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots performing at their cd release party at The Bootleg Theater.
photos by picksysticks


Overall, "A Little Messed Up" is a mature-sounding Dollyrots album complete with a range of hard rock, punk and pop songs that will appeal to everyone. Already garnering positive reviews, The Dollyrots reportedly wrote about 23 songs and dwindled it down to 13 songs for this album. Imagine the songs that didn't make this album!

This fall, The Dollyrots will tour with Bowling For Soup in Europe starting on October but you can catch them again when they return to Los Angeles when they play Club Nokia with Screeching Weasel on September 19th.

Check out the video below from the CD Release party from Billybenight. Dollyrots perfrom "Out of LA" and "Some Girls." Great sound! Check out the cute bunny dancing at 2:23. Ha!


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