The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots

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Review by Jack Arkell

(Arrested Youth Records)

You’ll probably be aware of The Dollyrots if you’ve attended a Bowling For Soup live show in the last couple of years, and indeed, they’ll be touring with the Texans again this year. If not, their fourth LP is a fine jumping on point, and a perfect way to brace yourselves for their energetic live shows.

Choice content here includes ‘Hyperactive’ and ‘Satellite’, while ‘Pretty on the Outside’ is your typical radio rock single, meant in the best way possible. Elsewhere, ‘F U Famous’ is frontwoman Kelly Ogden’s defiant rejection of the celebrity side of being in a band, as she sings ‘I’m sorry if I’m not impressed by glitz and glamour… I want something more.’

‘South of the Border’ and apocalyptic love letter ‘After 2012’ fall the wrong side of average though, with one too many of the tracks coming off as generic. That being said, ‘Time Will Stop’ proves that they are equally adept at writing the slower tempo numbers as the faster ones, which is exactly what ‘Starting Over Again’ is; one final burst before the band leave the studio, shackles well and truly off.

On the whole, it’s spirited enough, and largely mirrors the efforts of their peers in 2012. While they may not rise above the likes of Kids in Glass Houses with this self-titled album, they just about prove that they are deserving of the same kind of recognition at this point.

If you like your pop-punk female fronted and well polished, you’re in the right place. If not, despite The Dollyrots’ valiant efforts, there’s not much here to change your mind.

6 out of 10

www.dollyrots.com

Tracklisting:

  1. Starting Over
  2. I Wanna Go
  3. Hyperactive
  4. Satellite
  5. Twist Me To the Left
  6. Time Will Stop
  7. So Wrong It’s Right
  8. F U Famous
  9. Pretty On the Outside
  10. South of the Border
  11. After 2012
  12. Starting Over Again

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. Karen- it is people like you that give feminism a bad name. I’m all for women’s rights, but quoting Charlotte Wilson on a Dollyrots album review? Please…

    • “Karen- it is people like you that give feminism a bad name. I’m all for women’s rights, but quoting Charlotte Wilson on a Dollyrots album review? Please…”

      By which, do you mean the kind of people that dare to say something? Would you prefer that I don’t say anything at all.

      The point I was making was that by identifying this band as “female fronted” is to objectify the vocalist as little more than part of the packaging, thus de-valuing the singer’s role in the band and, with it, the band as a unit.

      I suggest you give Pettybone – sadly no longer with us – a listen. They were the embodiment of what a “female” band can achieve through music.
      Here’s their blog: http://pettybone.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. god this is a really great music site to give opinions on not so well known bands i have seen or bought music on the strength of these writers please lets not turn it into a political forum which it is obviously not the writers intention you can twist or turn words to suit any opinion but take these reviews for honest open opinion music good music by any gender race or creed is worthy of a listen dont look for offence where none is intended rock on everyone

  3. I find the comment about us not taking female fronted bands on this site seriously a little disappointing. If you look through our reviews you will see plenty there, from all genres. Recent excellent reviews include Alunah (doom/stoner), Karnataka (aor) and Skarlett Riot (rock). As Jack says we review material on the merit of the content not on the gender

  4. (Website won’t let me reply to the latest comment so I’ll post here instead)

    Karen: Most bands get 2 sentences in a festival review due to the number of bands included. And I review albums on Midlands Rocks based on which records are available to write about rather than who is challenging cultural paradigms. As this is a review of The Dollyrots’ latest release, the debate here should hinge on whether you have listened to it. If so, I hope you enjoyed it too. If not, I hope you’ll to give it a whirl.
    Thanks for the feedback, nothing wrong with a bit of debate.

  5. Actually taking the full quote… “If you like your pop-punk female fronted and well polished, you’re in the right place. If not, despite The Dollyrots’ valiant efforts, there’s not much here to change your mind.”

    In other words… If you like this style of music then this album will suit you. But if you don’t tend to, then it’s not an album that will win you over to this style.

    Sounds fair enough to me. Perhaps a tad generalising but I’ve seen far far worse.

  6. “If you like your pop-punk female fronted”? What you saying Jack? Are females no good at it? Or are they just eye candy for you?

    • That wasn’t implied at all. Gender really doesn’t make a significant difference to me in music. If you read the rest of the review you will see that I have praised the album in a way that I wouldn’t have if I held the kind of sexist views that you are accusing me of.

      • Charlotte Wilson said that “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.”
        Your reviews on this site tend to give much favour to male bands and women get very little recognition or reward. AILD are a hyper-masculine stereotype dealing in clichés and you gave them an 8.

        • I can assure you that my ratings are based on musical merit alone.
          And what about my positive reviews of Coralspin and Resonance? Or my statement that Halestorm were a highlight of Download Festival, a festival that featured some of the biggest bands in rock and metal…

          • Halestorm: 2 sentences in a review of a festival dominated by male bands; and of a band whose vocalist bows to the male gaze at every opportunity. Could you ever see a female fronted band headlining that festival?
            And Coralspin and Resonance are hardly challenging dominant gender myths of western culture.

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