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"Vice Dolls Die Trying review"

The Vice Dolls' Die Trying is the second release on Crosscheck Records, the label that also brought you the debut release from Mike McColgan's (Original Dropkick Murphy front man)Street Dogs, but if you were looking for some burly street punk from these guys you're knocking on the door of the wrong Barbie Dream House. With a tough and heavy modern hardcore sound and distinctive female vocals, Vice Dolls are a different beast altogether.

If I had to do a "recommended if you like..." section for this release, I'm pretty sure the first band that I would put on the list is Naked Aggression. If you've never heard that band, they played a very loose, almost shambolic brand of semi-melodic anarchic punk with passionate yet intriguingly frail female vocals. While Vice Dolls are much tighter from a musical standpoint ( laying out a decidedly Bridge 9-ish sound), the vocals are eerily similar. Carrie Nance barks them out with truly commendable passion, energy and (perhaps most importantly) velocity, giving you the distinct impression that she really means what's she's singing.

While it's definitely fun, the energy is so over the top that it feels like the band is going to fly off the rails at any moment. While I do get in the mood for this type of thing every so often, the next time I get that urge I think I'll be slapping this record on the stereo instead of DYS's Brotherhood album. -

"VIce Dolls music review"

When most people think of hardcore bands a stereotypical image comes to mind. A bunch of tough, scary looking guys, covered in tattoos and piercings. Listeners expect to hear screaming and aggressive lyrics.

The Vice Dolls are a hardcore band that does not play in to what many people consider the stereotype of a hardcore band. Most noticeably because their vocalist looks like Linda Cardellini (Velma in “Scooby Doo”) covered in tattoos. The Vice Dolls vocalist, Carrie Nance, is a woman, which is obviously a bit of a rarity in the hardcore scene.

The vocals on the band’s first album, Die Trying, are aggressive, but there is not really any screaming at all. Nance’s delivery is fast and somewhat high-pitched. The male background vocals on songs like “What It All Means,” add a nice extra layer that most hardcore bands seem to lack, giving the Vice Dolls an even more original sound.

The lyrics for the most part are fairly typical for hardcore. Songs like “Breakfast Club,” with its lyrics like: “Grabbing falsehood in the morning, nothing left to satisfy” are embedded with a depressing, misanthropic view.

The featured on Die Trying, music is played fast and aggressive. There are some definite hints of metal in songs like “Self-Made Hell.” The music for the most part is played so fast and relentless that the melodies may seem to get lost at times but hell, it's hardcore!

Overall: “They sound like the Dance Hall Crashers on speed, with Hatebreed playing the music”- Puckett. The originality of the band is the real appeal.

"Pathetic Strain Of Cowardice review"

The Vice Dolls "Pathetic Strain Of Cowardice" CD
Melodic midwestern hardcore. Reminds me of bands like Kill Your Idols and
Good Riddance but with female vocals. Good production. Good band. This is
recommended. - Sacto Hardcore page

"Show reviews"

I saw the opening band VICE DOLLS f**king awesome traditional hardcore played fast and with original sounding female vocals definetily check this band out I bough their new CD it is a great punk record out on CROSSCHECK RECORDS -

"Vice Dolls come out kicking and screaming"

In need of an angry anthem to reek havoc to? The Vice Dolls may just be able to fill such a need. Right from the start they assault the listener with music so layered and loud that some may question whether it barely qualifies as music at all. In fact some would be within reasonable limits if they deemed their work nothing more than noise.

The five members of the band may look like the stock image of jaded suburban teenage angst gone to seed, but their music holds messages and emotions that lack from much of the industry today.

Lead vocalist Carrie Nance belts out her lyrics at a speed that transcends comprehension, as well as most grammatical rules. Though she is trying her best to convey feelings of anger, rage, abandonment, Nance's voice may come out to juvenile sounding to be taken seriously by some hardcore veterans. It may take a few listens to grab hold of what Nance is screaming, but if one can set aside her childish sound and translate the fragmentary lyrics one may find a wealth of adrenaline supplying emotion.

The Danville, Ill. natives play very fast hardcore music with just the slightest bit of metal and even some garage punk to make their cacophonous tunes.

Vice Dolls have a surplus of energy and it will be this spirit that will continue to drive them.

This album may not be worthy of the "Best New Artist of the Year" award, but it presents a band that has all the raw materials needed to become something noteworthy. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on taste, the disc runs just short of an hour, making it an experience similar to a band-aid removal.

Peal away at your own discretion.
- The Daily Collegian


Lonely Kings/Vice Dolls split 7" 1998
All This And Nothing/ LP/ Give Us Money Records 1998
Ambition Mission/Vice DOlls split 7"1999
Pathetic Strain Of Cowardice EP 2000
Right Arm Death Threat/Vice Dolls split CD EP 2001
12 compilation projects
Die Trying LP Crosscheck Records 2004


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Vice Dolls is a female-fronted hardcore band from central Illinois (Danville, or “the Dirty D” to those who live there). They play very fast hardcore with just the slightest bit of metal to make things interesting.
The band started in late 1996 as kind of a break from some of the member’s other bands. They played fast punk rock primarily at parties in Danville and didn’t take the band very seriously. As the first year progressed, certain members of the band started to take things a bit more seriously and started writing better songs and trying to play out a lot more. By the fall of 1997, various member changes had started Vice Dolls on the path to the band they are today.
Vice Dolls have several self-released recordings to their credit: 1999’s “All This and Nothing” CD, 2000’s “Pathetic Strain of Cowardice” EP, 2001’s “Vice Dolls/Right Arm Death Threat” split CD, and a couple of 7”s. Vice Dolls will go into the studio in February of 2003 to record their debut CD on Crosscheck Records.
In addition to putting out their own records, Vice Dolls have three U.S. tours under their belt and countless weekend shows all over the Midwest, as the band is not unaccustomed to driving ten hours or more to play one show.
The current lineup of Vice Dolls is: Carrie Nance on vocals, Dave Brown on Drums, Cody Pruitt on bass, Greg JAeger on guitar, and Kyle Scott on guitar.
The band plans on touring relentlessly in the coming months in support of their new record.