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Channeling '60's girl groups and drawing from the girl-punk tradition (The Muffs, The Donnas, and Manda and the Marbles), The Dollyrots come out with bouncy hooks, rapid drumbeats and handclaps that draw you in from the beginning of the killer leadoff "Kick Me to the Curb." Tracks like "New College", "Love You Most", and "Nobody "Else" are sheer pop perfection.
Lead singer Kelly Ogden's saccharine-sweet vocals cheer, chant and harmonize over the bubblegum power pop of this debut album that is solid from start to finish. Eat My Heart Out is infectious, incredibly fun and begs to be played repeatedly. One listen and I guarantee you will be hooked. (MP)
- Punk Planet


Channeling '60's girl groups and drawing from the girl-punk tradition (The Muffs, The Donnas, and Manda and the Marbles), The Dollyrots come out with bouncy hooks, rapid drumbeats and handclaps that draw you in from the beginning of the killer leadoff "Kick Me to the Curb." Tracks like "New College", "Love You Most", and "Nobody "Else" are sheer pop perfection.
Lead singer Kelly Ogden's saccharine-sweet vocals cheer, chant and harmonize over the bubblegum power pop of this debut album that is solid from start to finish. Eat My Heart Out is infectious, incredibly fun and begs to be played repeatedly. One listen and I guarantee you will be hooked. (MP)
- Punk Planet


“The flavor lasts so long, long, long with Bubble Yum!” If you know the jingle that goes with that, kudos to you! If you like your punk to have that sweet taste you can chew to, this is your disc. Normally this kind of stuff totally turns me off, but something about Kelly Ogden’s vocal performance makes Eat My Heart Out work. A good female performer is all a band needs to stand out in this scene. Add a couple hilarious songs and (hopefully) an entertaining stage act and you could have a recipe for success in the Dollyrots.

The album cover is of the popular cute/gross genre - a bunny standing in a “Candyland” type of environment, holding a fork and steak knife, with a beating bloody heart on a plate. Mmm, scrumptious. The songs within have the same juxtaposed edge. The sugarcoated vocals of Ogden and the solid, slightly more edgy rock styles of the two guys, Luis Cabezas and Josh Valenti, come together to form such hilarious songs as “Jackie Chan” and my favorite, “Feed Me, Pet Me.” Anyone who has ever had a pet will laugh at this song, and even those who haven’t. Apparently this track has had some local radio play in LA. “Goodnight Tonight” has a classic, old style rock sound to it, but it's not the Paul McCartney cover. “New College” has a fast, poppy beat and the backup vocals from the guys really work. “Skinny” is edgier and more Ramones influenced than the majority of the tracks, making this one of my favorites. It’s a good choice for a song that’s all about eating disorders and the way society reinforces them.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some parts of the disc that might have you cringing like fingers on a chalkboard. On the otherwise unoffensive track “Jackie Chan” there is a spoken part that almost makes me eject the disc every time...but if I pretend it was done this way intentionally, I can get through it so you can too. I think Eat My Heart Out will appeal a lot to the girl chic genre, the girl punk scene, and to open minded guys. It’s a little bit of yum in your world. - Barbara - Punk-it.net


“The flavor lasts so long, long, long with Bubble Yum!” If you know the jingle that goes with that, kudos to you! If you like your punk to have that sweet taste you can chew to, this is your disc. Normally this kind of stuff totally turns me off, but something about Kelly Ogden’s vocal performance makes Eat My Heart Out work. A good female performer is all a band needs to stand out in this scene. Add a couple hilarious songs and (hopefully) an entertaining stage act and you could have a recipe for success in the Dollyrots.

The album cover is of the popular cute/gross genre - a bunny standing in a “Candyland” type of environment, holding a fork and steak knife, with a beating bloody heart on a plate. Mmm, scrumptious. The songs within have the same juxtaposed edge. The sugarcoated vocals of Ogden and the solid, slightly more edgy rock styles of the two guys, Luis Cabezas and Josh Valenti, come together to form such hilarious songs as “Jackie Chan” and my favorite, “Feed Me, Pet Me.” Anyone who has ever had a pet will laugh at this song, and even those who haven’t. Apparently this track has had some local radio play in LA. “Goodnight Tonight” has a classic, old style rock sound to it, but it's not the Paul McCartney cover. “New College” has a fast, poppy beat and the backup vocals from the guys really work. “Skinny” is edgier and more Ramones influenced than the majority of the tracks, making this one of my favorites. It’s a good choice for a song that’s all about eating disorders and the way society reinforces them.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some parts of the disc that might have you cringing like fingers on a chalkboard. On the otherwise unoffensive track “Jackie Chan” there is a spoken part that almost makes me eject the disc every time...but if I pretend it was done this way intentionally, I can get through it so you can too. I think Eat My Heart Out will appeal a lot to the girl chic genre, the girl punk scene, and to open minded guys. It’s a little bit of yum in your world. - Barbara - Punk-it.net


DOLLYROTS-- Eat My Heart Out-- Panic Button
With the energy and spirit of bands like Screeching Weasel and Green Day combined with the pop of Josie and The Pussycats, The Dollyrots bring the real deal. I am a sucker for good pop music and if the female vocals can pull it off I am sucked into what they are selling. The Dollyrots do both of these things and I am hooked. This is an album that any fan of the old Lookout sound like Squirtgun, The Queers, etc… needs to check out.
Stand Out Tracks - Jackie Chan (3), Wreckage (4), New College (9) - All Ages Zine


DOLLYROTS-- Eat My Heart Out-- Panic Button
With the energy and spirit of bands like Screeching Weasel and Green Day combined with the pop of Josie and The Pussycats, The Dollyrots bring the real deal. I am a sucker for good pop music and if the female vocals can pull it off I am sucked into what they are selling. The Dollyrots do both of these things and I am hooked. This is an album that any fan of the old Lookout sound like Squirtgun, The Queers, etc… needs to check out.
Stand Out Tracks - Jackie Chan (3), Wreckage (4), New College (9) - All Ages Zine


I’m about two Dixie cups of punch away from declaring The Dollyrots my new favorite band - their debut album is that much fun. From the demon-cute bunny on the cover to the catchy pop punk inside, it’s one of those rare records that really does rock all the way through.
Produced by John Fields, Eat My Heart Out is marked by powerful hooks, above-average lyrics and the perfectly sweet/tart voice of singer-bassist Kelly Ogden. She and bandmates Luis Cabezas and Joshua Valenti have attracted mainstream attention via inclusion in a Hewlett-Packard ad campaign and a featured song (the appropriately kickass “Jackie Chan”) on the Real World / Road Rules Challenge. It’s not hard to see how even "The Man" could have become a fan of these L.A.-based indie rockers. Totally listenable and radio friendly, their music already gets airplay on KROQ.
“Kick Me to the Curb” starts off Eat My Heart Out with a bouncy shot of energy, while “Goodnight Tonight” is perfect for a slow dance. Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne will wish she’d written a character sketch like “New College” instead of that lame-o “Sk8er Boi.” The album closes with a spunky cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and how could you refuse such a charming offer?
“Sign me up / I’m enlisting in your army,” Ogden sings in “Nobody Else.” According to their press materials, The Dollyrots are open to joining forces with a major label. With a firm punk rock ethic unlikely to be corrupted, I say more power to ‘em. This band knows how hot they are. Time for everyone else to find out! -Andrea Benvenuto - Girlpunk.net


I’m about two Dixie cups of punch away from declaring The Dollyrots my new favorite band - their debut album is that much fun. From the demon-cute bunny on the cover to the catchy pop punk inside, it’s one of those rare records that really does rock all the way through.
Produced by John Fields, Eat My Heart Out is marked by powerful hooks, above-average lyrics and the perfectly sweet/tart voice of singer-bassist Kelly Ogden. She and bandmates Luis Cabezas and Joshua Valenti have attracted mainstream attention via inclusion in a Hewlett-Packard ad campaign and a featured song (the appropriately kickass “Jackie Chan”) on the Real World / Road Rules Challenge. It’s not hard to see how even "The Man" could have become a fan of these L.A.-based indie rockers. Totally listenable and radio friendly, their music already gets airplay on KROQ.
“Kick Me to the Curb” starts off Eat My Heart Out with a bouncy shot of energy, while “Goodnight Tonight” is perfect for a slow dance. Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne will wish she’d written a character sketch like “New College” instead of that lame-o “Sk8er Boi.” The album closes with a spunky cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and how could you refuse such a charming offer?
“Sign me up / I’m enlisting in your army,” Ogden sings in “Nobody Else.” According to their press materials, The Dollyrots are open to joining forces with a major label. With a firm punk rock ethic unlikely to be corrupted, I say more power to ‘em. This band knows how hot they are. Time for everyone else to find out! -Andrea Benvenuto - Girlpunk.net


The Groovie Ghoulies at the Creepy Crawl. The show is like a match made in punk rock heaven. They, along with Captured! by Robots, the Dollyrots, and the Helper Monkeys played in St. Louis on November 3, 2005. The show was added at the last minute and was basically a late Halloween show. Boy, was the crowd in for a treat.

The Dollyrots played first. They are a 2/3's-and-female-fronted popish punk band from L.A. They are kinda like a riot grrl band, but with cute songs. They did a song for a HP commercial not too long ago if anyone remembers. Anyway, this is the second time I've seen them, and the first time, everything went wrong. It's nice to see in a good set where they are more into it. They had some pretty nice melodies and guitars and such. A really solid opening act. They have an album, Eat My Heart Out. Check them out. - Punknews.org


The Groovie Ghoulies at the Creepy Crawl. The show is like a match made in punk rock heaven. They, along with Captured! by Robots, the Dollyrots, and the Helper Monkeys played in St. Louis on November 3, 2005. The show was added at the last minute and was basically a late Halloween show. Boy, was the crowd in for a treat.

The Dollyrots played first. They are a 2/3's-and-female-fronted popish punk band from L.A. They are kinda like a riot grrl band, but with cute songs. They did a song for a HP commercial not too long ago if anyone remembers. Anyway, this is the second time I've seen them, and the first time, everything went wrong. It's nice to see in a good set where they are more into it. They had some pretty nice melodies and guitars and such. A really solid opening act. They have an album, Eat My Heart Out. Check them out. - Punknews.org


The Punk Rock Prom is a venue that has been around forever in Los Angeles. It has been the launching pad for way-too-many-to-list music careers. The venue was packed an hour before the show, and parking was pretty much "you're going to get a ticket if you dare to park here"-type shit. By the time I finally got inside, I was ready for some air-conditioning and a drink—both of which were delivered in a timely fashion.

Quicker than you can say "I'm spicy" (Jack in the Box reference), The Dollyrots were ready to go. The crowd was so packed in at this point that it was basically "I am going to stand on your shoulders, and you're going to like it bitch" (that is a real quote). The Dollyrots have been playing the Los Angeles club scene for some time now and are featured on the new HP commercial. It was amazing the kind of energy that these three can produce right after a U.S. tour promoting their new album, EAT MY HEART OUT. Starting their set off with "Feed, Me, Pet Me", it took the crowd all of about two minutes to start a polka pit (that's the kind of pit, where you walk away with a new friend and not a broken nose). After playing a 45-minute, mind-blistering, punk-rock roller-coaster ride, The Dollyrots finished with only one encore ,"Dance With Me". I didn't get to meet them after the show, but I went to their Website (www.thedollyrots.com) to find out their names for you. Kelly is the lead singer, and boys, let me tell you, she is a great vocalist/bassist (you need to see her). Lewis was the guitarist/back-up vocalist. He was the shit, as far as all that goes. Drummer Josh I have seen in other bands before, and I thought he was good then, and now he is only better at beating the shit out of those damn drum things. Having an '80s pop happy feel to them, this band is original and truly worth your time to check out.

The club could probably hold around 500 people. Tonight I swear there were over 800 heads. - Skratch Magazine


The Punk Rock Prom is a venue that has been around forever in Los Angeles. It has been the launching pad for way-too-many-to-list music careers. The venue was packed an hour before the show, and parking was pretty much "you're going to get a ticket if you dare to park here"-type shit. By the time I finally got inside, I was ready for some air-conditioning and a drink—both of which were delivered in a timely fashion.

Quicker than you can say "I'm spicy" (Jack in the Box reference), The Dollyrots were ready to go. The crowd was so packed in at this point that it was basically "I am going to stand on your shoulders, and you're going to like it bitch" (that is a real quote). The Dollyrots have been playing the Los Angeles club scene for some time now and are featured on the new HP commercial. It was amazing the kind of energy that these three can produce right after a U.S. tour promoting their new album, EAT MY HEART OUT. Starting their set off with "Feed, Me, Pet Me", it took the crowd all of about two minutes to start a polka pit (that's the kind of pit, where you walk away with a new friend and not a broken nose). After playing a 45-minute, mind-blistering, punk-rock roller-coaster ride, The Dollyrots finished with only one encore ,"Dance With Me". I didn't get to meet them after the show, but I went to their Website (www.thedollyrots.com) to find out their names for you. Kelly is the lead singer, and boys, let me tell you, she is a great vocalist/bassist (you need to see her). Lewis was the guitarist/back-up vocalist. He was the shit, as far as all that goes. Drummer Josh I have seen in other bands before, and I thought he was good then, and now he is only better at beating the shit out of those damn drum things. Having an '80s pop happy feel to them, this band is original and truly worth your time to check out.

The club could probably hold around 500 people. Tonight I swear there were over 800 heads. - Skratch Magazine


DANCING IN PAJAMAS WITH THE DOLLYROTS AND THE MORMONS

SILVERLAKE, CA – Our first show of the year found us at Spaceland, celebrating the new year with a local favorite, The Dollyrots, playing a final show that closed out a month-long tour of the U.S. This show was a little different than before as they were playing with their new drummer, Amy Wood, formerly of the band Get Set Go, and their lead in was a burlesque troop.

Huh? A what?

That’s was we said when we read the flyer.

The Dollyrots performed a quite spirited performance of pop-punk sounds after a short show presented by “The Pin Down Girls”, which involved toplessness (but no nipple) and a lot of bare legs and bare buttocks, performed in several micro-mini-skits by several cute girls. This was the premiere of the Pin Down Girls’ show at Spaceland, which also featured a “wear pajamas and get in free” offer to any fans coming to the show. Although as fun as it may have been to show up to a sometimes-pretentious rock club barefoot in pajamas, it wasn’t all that cool to see that I was one of only 2 guys, and about 6 women total that did … even the performers didn’t play, although Luis, Kelly and Amy did, at least, put forth an effort and laid down their show in pajamas; Kelly also duct taping Gismo the Gremlin to her chest for half the set, then tore him off (and the camisole she was wearing) in favor of a Dollyrots jersey. Touring seems to be helping the Dollyrots, as their set was very cohesive, despite equipment problems, Kelly's wardrobe malfunctions, and her bleeding all over her bass guitar (again!). They introduced a couple new songs which were hooky in scope but held a robustness and slightly heavy edge that gave their set a boost. - Myracleworks.com


DANCING IN PAJAMAS WITH THE DOLLYROTS AND THE MORMONS

SILVERLAKE, CA – Our first show of the year found us at Spaceland, celebrating the new year with a local favorite, The Dollyrots, playing a final show that closed out a month-long tour of the U.S. This show was a little different than before as they were playing with their new drummer, Amy Wood, formerly of the band Get Set Go, and their lead in was a burlesque troop.

Huh? A what?

That’s was we said when we read the flyer.

The Dollyrots performed a quite spirited performance of pop-punk sounds after a short show presented by “The Pin Down Girls”, which involved toplessness (but no nipple) and a lot of bare legs and bare buttocks, performed in several micro-mini-skits by several cute girls. This was the premiere of the Pin Down Girls’ show at Spaceland, which also featured a “wear pajamas and get in free” offer to any fans coming to the show. Although as fun as it may have been to show up to a sometimes-pretentious rock club barefoot in pajamas, it wasn’t all that cool to see that I was one of only 2 guys, and about 6 women total that did … even the performers didn’t play, although Luis, Kelly and Amy did, at least, put forth an effort and laid down their show in pajamas; Kelly also duct taping Gismo the Gremlin to her chest for half the set, then tore him off (and the camisole she was wearing) in favor of a Dollyrots jersey. Touring seems to be helping the Dollyrots, as their set was very cohesive, despite equipment problems, Kelly's wardrobe malfunctions, and her bleeding all over her bass guitar (again!). They introduced a couple new songs which were hooky in scope but held a robustness and slightly heavy edge that gave their set a boost. - Myracleworks.com


Who needs a degree in botany and neurobiology when you're already an expert in bubble-gum punk? Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabeza decided to call it quits at Florida's New College and impulsively moved to the West Coast when their band, The Dollyrots, started to get some promising play on local radio. But their blend of cheesy '60s girl pop and rough-around-the-edges punk rock was quick to catch on, and the trio broke ground nationally with their first EP, "Eat your heart out," in 2003. With her good-girl looks and pep-squad energy, Ogden is the perfect cheerleader gone bad, keeping audiences enticed with her mischievous demeanor and playful lyrics. Add to the mix the aggressive drumming of Amy Wood and the often-pissed off guitar backing of Luis Cabeza and you've got a frenetic but fun style that hooks you like that package of candy you know you shouldn't be eating. In the midst of their Evil Bunny tour, The Dollyrots will play a $5 show at the Vaudeville Mews tonight. - City View: Central Iowa's Alternative Newspaper


Who needs a degree in botany and neurobiology when you're already an expert in bubble-gum punk? Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabeza decided to call it quits at Florida's New College and impulsively moved to the West Coast when their band, The Dollyrots, started to get some promising play on local radio. But their blend of cheesy '60s girl pop and rough-around-the-edges punk rock was quick to catch on, and the trio broke ground nationally with their first EP, "Eat your heart out," in 2003. With her good-girl looks and pep-squad energy, Ogden is the perfect cheerleader gone bad, keeping audiences enticed with her mischievous demeanor and playful lyrics. Add to the mix the aggressive drumming of Amy Wood and the often-pissed off guitar backing of Luis Cabeza and you've got a frenetic but fun style that hooks you like that package of candy you know you shouldn't be eating. In the midst of their Evil Bunny tour, The Dollyrots will play a $5 show at the Vaudeville Mews tonight. - City View: Central Iowa's Alternative Newspaper


Upon first listen to this record, I thought, "Oh no, not another three-piece pop-punk band." I had to listen again to be sure it wasn’t the same watered-down pablum you hear on the radio. Thankfully, it’s not. Singer/bassist Kelly Ogden has a sassiness in her voice you can’t deny on the faster songs, and a sincerity you can’t ignore on the slower ones. Lots of tracks about relationships here, with "Jackie Chan" being most notable: "I got dumped and I lost face / Now you’re gonna die… / ’Cause I can fight like Jackie Chan." My favorite song on the disc, though, is the hunger-inspired "Skinny," about our image-obsessed society and the unreal physical expectations that are forced upon us through the media. (Uh, basically, they’re screwing up the little girls.). And the cover of "Be My Baby" from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack is just icing on the cake. - J. Mendoza - Surf Snow Skate Girl


Upon first listen to this record, I thought, "Oh no, not another three-piece pop-punk band." I had to listen again to be sure it wasn’t the same watered-down pablum you hear on the radio. Thankfully, it’s not. Singer/bassist Kelly Ogden has a sassiness in her voice you can’t deny on the faster songs, and a sincerity you can’t ignore on the slower ones. Lots of tracks about relationships here, with "Jackie Chan" being most notable: "I got dumped and I lost face / Now you’re gonna die… / ’Cause I can fight like Jackie Chan." My favorite song on the disc, though, is the hunger-inspired "Skinny," about our image-obsessed society and the unreal physical expectations that are forced upon us through the media. (Uh, basically, they’re screwing up the little girls.). And the cover of "Be My Baby" from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack is just icing on the cake. - J. Mendoza - Surf Snow Skate Girl


Playing for a packed house at the Viper Room is never an easy feat for any artist, yet young power punk band The Dollyrots made it look quite easy, playing the 9:30 P.M. slot recently at Viper as part of an evening presented by Indie 103.1 F.M., and Filter Magazine.
Their task was simple: having to follow a blisteringly fast, loud and raucous set by The Waking Hours, they needed to lay it down with equal force. Such a burden may be bothersome for most bands, but this is no average band. The Dollyrots, a trio comprised of the unquestionably cute firecracker Kelly Ogden (bass/lead vocals), the quiet cyclone Luis Cabezas (lead guitars/backing vocals) and stylishly dazzling drummer Joshua Valenti (in his nifty blue jumpsuit and matching blue Mohawk) were well trained while on tour of the east coast with local power punk powerhouse Bang Sugar Bang.
The Dollyrots blend a combination of youthful energy in a cocktail of happy hooks and scortching licks with a playful punk rock edge. They like to call it “an energetic style that blends indie punk with 60’s girl-group charm.” Whatever the label on their jar may say, these artists presented a drop-kick-slam-dunk of an energetic and physical showcase for the eager audience, some already adorned in Dollyrots schwag.
Their songs are crafted with intelligent lyrics, catchy arrangements with a bit of a retro flair. Some creations like the feisty “Feed Me, Pet Me”, an audience favorite and the song that put The Dollyrots on the map in a recent HP national commercial advertising digital photography, carry a distinctly punk backbone and is foaming over with angry energy. Their set often balanced that energy with slower melodies and ballads that carried that trademark retro tone, including an electrified version of The Ronettes’ classic pop song “Be My Baby” (also known as the song from “Dirty Dancing” to some.)
The Dollyrots punctuate their fun with a purpose attitude usually with a Smackdown! throwdown at the end of their set, very reminiscent of the old days of heavy metal when you were wondering just when is someone going to smash a guitar already! Characteristically, after their last song in their set, a fiery relationship song called “Kick Me to the Curb”, one of the players ends up clotheslining someone: in recent shows, Ogden would spike her bass like a running back scoring a touchdown and would dive over the drum kit (clearing it cleanly 98% of the time) and send Valenti onto the ground with one strike, followed by Cabezas to top off the dogpile. On this night for instance, Ogden tackled Cabezas like a safety trying to stop that breakaway run, sending both of them straight off the Viper Room stage, right onto the ground below, while Valenti simply took a bow.
For a young band just recently transplanted from Florida, The Dollyrots have generated a tremendous groundswell of interest, devotion and momentum – and they are riding the wave like Kelly Slater in a championship surfing competition, delivering a fast and friendly show, filled with fun and hyginx on every occasion. -Aaron Settipane - LAMusicScene.com


Playing for a packed house at the Viper Room is never an easy feat for any artist, yet young power punk band The Dollyrots made it look quite easy, playing the 9:30 P.M. slot recently at Viper as part of an evening presented by Indie 103.1 F.M., and Filter Magazine.
Their task was simple: having to follow a blisteringly fast, loud and raucous set by The Waking Hours, they needed to lay it down with equal force. Such a burden may be bothersome for most bands, but this is no average band. The Dollyrots, a trio comprised of the unquestionably cute firecracker Kelly Ogden (bass/lead vocals), the quiet cyclone Luis Cabezas (lead guitars/backing vocals) and stylishly dazzling drummer Joshua Valenti (in his nifty blue jumpsuit and matching blue Mohawk) were well trained while on tour of the east coast with local power punk powerhouse Bang Sugar Bang.
The Dollyrots blend a combination of youthful energy in a cocktail of happy hooks and scortching licks with a playful punk rock edge. They like to call it “an energetic style that blends indie punk with 60’s girl-group charm.” Whatever the label on their jar may say, these artists presented a drop-kick-slam-dunk of an energetic and physical showcase for the eager audience, some already adorned in Dollyrots schwag.
Their songs are crafted with intelligent lyrics, catchy arrangements with a bit of a retro flair. Some creations like the feisty “Feed Me, Pet Me”, an audience favorite and the song that put The Dollyrots on the map in a recent HP national commercial advertising digital photography, carry a distinctly punk backbone and is foaming over with angry energy. Their set often balanced that energy with slower melodies and ballads that carried that trademark retro tone, including an electrified version of The Ronettes’ classic pop song “Be My Baby” (also known as the song from “Dirty Dancing” to some.)
The Dollyrots punctuate their fun with a purpose attitude usually with a Smackdown! throwdown at the end of their set, very reminiscent of the old days of heavy metal when you were wondering just when is someone going to smash a guitar already! Characteristically, after their last song in their set, a fiery relationship song called “Kick Me to the Curb”, one of the players ends up clotheslining someone: in recent shows, Ogden would spike her bass like a running back scoring a touchdown and would dive over the drum kit (clearing it cleanly 98% of the time) and send Valenti onto the ground with one strike, followed by Cabezas to top off the dogpile. On this night for instance, Ogden tackled Cabezas like a safety trying to stop that breakaway run, sending both of them straight off the Viper Room stage, right onto the ground below, while Valenti simply took a bow.
For a young band just recently transplanted from Florida, The Dollyrots have generated a tremendous groundswell of interest, devotion and momentum – and they are riding the wave like Kelly Slater in a championship surfing competition, delivering a fast and friendly show, filled with fun and hyginx on every occasion. -Aaron Settipane - LAMusicScene.com


Barefoot and Pregnant is another onslaught of spunky bubblegum punk from LA’s the Dollyrots. If the very idea of “bubblegum punk” makes you want to choke a marmoset (or, better yet, Billie Joe Armstrong), take a deep breath; the Dollyrots’ blend of hooks, melody, and aggression is much more of a garage-rock throwback than a cynical, Blink-182ish attempt to mask lazy songwriting with overdrive (for proof, they close the set with a blended cover of “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “I Wanna Be Sedated”). Besides, these are some damn catchy songs; check your pulse if you don’t find yourself bopping along to “Stupidly in Love”, “Get Weird”, “Nightlight” and the glorious “Bury Me in Ireland”.

The album, their fifth, is loaded with smirky humor, which doesn’t always work—“First World Anarchist” is more odd than hilarious, and singer/bassist Kelly Ogden’s use of social media-age slang (“I’ve got these feels”) is more distracting than biting. But there’s more variety and nuance here than ever before; jokey hardcore runs seamlessly into mid-tempo stomps and bad-girl anthems, all powered by Luis Cabezas’ satisfyingly fuzzy guitars and delivered with an economy (13 songs in 37 minutes) that would have made Dee Dee and the boys proud. Barefoot and Pregnant is deeply hooky, melodic, wacky and at least as delightfully bratty as 2007’s Because I’m Awesome. - Pop Matters


Discography

Eat My Heart Out (CD - 2004 Panic Button/Lookout Records)

Eat My Heart Out (Vinyl - 2004 Dionysus Records)

This Is My Bag (2005 Lookout Records CD/DVD Compilation)

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Bio

The Dollyrots are a rock/punk trio from Los Angeles made up of two girls and a boy. They play an energetic style of music blending indie rock, old school punk and 60's girl-group charm. The Dollyrots recently finished up a month-long stint on the '06 Vans Warped Tour on the heels of a buzz-worthy SXSW appearance. Crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada for most of 2005, the band has played alongside The Go Gos, The Breeders, The Muffs, The Soviettes, The Queers, The Groovie Ghoulies, Go Betty Go, Soul Asylum, and made an appearance at CMJ 2005. The Dollyrots are currently wrapping up their second album, recorded and produced by Jacques Wait (The Soviettes) and John Fields (Switchfoot, Andrew W.K.). Their debut album Eat My Heart Out was released on Panic Button/Lookout! Records (CD) and Dionysus Records (Vinyl) in late 2004.

Kelly Ogden (vocals/bass) and Luis Cabezas (guitar), friends since middle school, formed The Dollyrots in 2001 at New College in Florida while studying botany and neurobiology. Cleverly crafted punk songs and Kelly's distinct voice proved a unique combination so the band relocated to Los Angeles in the spring of 2002 with little more than their pets and instruments. Amy Wood, a native to Santa Monica and friend of the band in their early LA years, joined The Dollyrots in 2004 and solidified the band's rock/punk sound.

The songs off of their debut range in style from all-out punk to tender ballad, sarcastic to sincere. Several tracks received consistent airplay on L.A.'s KROQ and Indie 103, NY's K-Rock, XM Radio, college radio across the country and charted in the CMJ Top 100. The Dollyrots' music has been featured on MTV's Real World & LATV, while the band has been filmed playing in an artsy Hp commercial (2003), on CSI: NY (2006), & featured in a music video segment for Blender.com/Maxim.com. You can find Dollyrots tracks on an eclectic mix of compilations including the most recent Lookout Records CD/DVD Sampler, Scratch Magazine, Snake Oil Supercharm, Kiss or Kill, Motorbrands, and in several independent film soundtracks.

Eat My Heart Out received great reviews across the board (Punk Planet, AMP) while the band has been featured in print publications around the country (The L.A./O.C. Weekly, L.A. Times, Music Connection, Alternative Press, Hitlist, Phoenix New Times, The Tennessean, Skratch Magazine's '06 Warped Tour Guide) as well as on the web (LAMusicScene, PopPunk, PunkNews, Live365, Blender.com). The band is thrilled with how their second album is coming along and plans on shopping it around with a release as soon as possible. As always, you can expect The Dollyrots to hit the highways and bring their infectious brand of rock n roll to a basement or theater near you.

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