The Wooden Dolls

The Wooden Dolls

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Armed with a bunch of instantly catchy tunes, searing guitars and idiosyncratic lyrics, They might sound like any guitar band on paper; a closer inspection, however, reveals a many-sided monster, a shape-shifting, near-schizophrenic four-headed slave to its many moods:Welcome to the Dolls' house!

Biography

Armed with a bunch of instantly catchy tunes, searing guitars and often quite idiosyncratic lyrics, The Wooden Dolls might sound like any guitar pop band on paper; a closer inspection, however, reveals a many-sided monster, a shape-shifting, near-schizophrenic four-headed slave to its many moods: There's some musical DNA from all the usual sources (The Velvets, The Clash, Ramones, The Go-Betweens, Pixies, The Smiths and early period REM), but there's more, a measured maturity, poppy punk pugilism with book smarts as well as pulverising speed, strength and skill. Perhaps like another great outfit of the same ilk, Guided By Voices, the 'Dolls are gone beyond the years of the brazen pup; making music for themselves, and being pleased if you like it.
Another strong feature is the shared songwriting, a situation that rarely works well; but with this group of men there is no power-struggle, and the tune and lyric prevail: you've got the effortless, searching pop of songs such as Bragging Rites and Star; the knee-jerking, offbeat neo-funk of 67 and Banal Plus; the punk attack of Beckett Tramps, the driving rock of Bengt Ekerot and Exit, and the layered, organised sonic chaos of Phantasmagoria (a sweet, serrated bruiser that sounds like a marriage of The Jesus & Mary Chain and Edgar Allen Poe).
The Wooden Dolls are poised to release their second single, a double whammy of Bengt Ekerot and Americano - the first a humourous rumination on the big sleep, the second a biting look at the Americanization of this current Friends-reared generation.
The Wooden Dolls are Brian McGrath (bass), Pius Meagher (drums), Eamonn Rhatigan (vocals / guitar) and Stephen Sheehan (lead guitar / vocals).
The music will continue to be made as long as they need to hear new songs that have to depend on themselves to write, and if you want to come along to hear, you're more than welcome; I can tell you that this band blow chunks of sheer static live, but its heart bleeds with pop sensibilities; The Byrds being beaten up by Television, if you will. At the very least it's rock and roll with an evergreen enthusiasts glint in one eye, and a resigned, world-weary poet's cold thousand-yard-stare in the other. Welcome to the Dolls' house...

Discography

The Wooden Dolls EP was released in June 2005 to much accalim and lots of local and national airplay in Ireland including 2FM and Today FM. It features: Talk, Victor Meldrew and Rent.
It is available to buy on CDBaby.com and iTunes

Set List

TIDAL WAVE
TALK
GHOST
PHANTASMAGORIA
VICTOR MELDREW
STAR
AMERICANO
BENGT EKEROT
BANAL PLUS
67
EXIT
BRAGGING RITES
LIVING IN COLOUR
THE TICKET
BECKETT TRAMPS
SHINE
QUEEN
HEX
RENT