The Dollyrots – Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out EP

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Currently romping around the UK alongside Bowling For Soup on their How About Another Round Tour, Californian pop punks The Dollyrots certainly got things off in fine style with the release of new EP Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out. The three track escapade is a prime slice of the band’s melody fuelled, hook enriched bubblegum punk, and a piece of tempting sure to entice a great many more to the host of dates already past and ahead.

Formed in 2001 and centred round vocalist/bassist Kelly Ogden and guitarist/vocalist Luis Cabezas, the Los Angeles band has released over twenty increasingly potent proposals across a host of singles and EPs as well as a clutch of eagerly received and devoured albums over the past decade. For a great many, the band’s last album Barefoot and Pregnant breached a new plateau in attention and their distinctive sound which their new John Fields produced EP rousingly continues, starting with opener Save Me.

MGKYO - cover_RingMaster ReviewBeats and guitar strikes immediately tempt with the nagging melodic prowess of the band at close quarters, they setting the scene for the mischievously toned vocals of Ogden to begin leading the revelry within. Her bass provides a shadowy tempering to voice and the vibrancy around it, especially when the song relaxes into a reflective moment, whilst the fiery enterprise cast by the strings of Cabezas collude fluidly with electronic spices additionally colouring the song’s infectious theatre.

The seriously energetic and engaging lure of pop ‘n’ roll is matched in kind by the punkier flirtation of Little Medusa. Buzzcocks like hooks soon emerge as the track breaks into a virulent canter lit again by the ever drawing tones of Ogden with guitar and keys courting her persuasion with matching temptation. If The Shangri-las were a punk band it is easy to suggest they would sound like The Dollyrots, especially listening to pop contagion like this.

Closing romp Sweaty Hug My Love is the rawest of the three encounters within the EP but still an inimitable hug on ears and appetite as the band creates something which incites like a mix of UK band The Poly-Esters and The Go-Go’s with a Bikini Kill snarl to the sonic beauty. Feisty and knowingly devilish, the track is a superb end to another invigorating stomp of feel good rock ‘n’ roll from The Dollyrots.

With a live CD/DVD release called Family Vacation scheduled for March, 2016 is already looking like another exciting year for band and fans wherever they are.

The Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out EP is available now @

Remaining dates on the 2016How About Another Round UK Tour featuring Bowling For Soup, The Dollyrots, Lacey, and MC Lars.

10 Feb – Guildford G Live

11 Feb – London Roundhouse

12 Feb – O2 Academy Bournemouth

13 Feb – Southampton Guildhall

14 Feb – Cardiff Great Hall

15 Feb – O2 Academy Bristol

Pete RingMaster 08/02/2016

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Lacey – Outlaws EP


Eager to confirm the buzz building around themselves, UK alternative rock band Lacey release their third EP Outlaws, an angst coursing collection of songs which push the already evolving sound and craft of the band up another notch or two. The four track release merges rock and pop for a heated encounter which is arguably light on originality but heavy and rich on passion and enterprise.

Hailing from Nottingham and formed in late 2010, the quartet of Graham Turner (lead vocals, bass), Josh Lewin (guitar & vocals) Pete Maksymiw (guitar) and Dave Pearson (drums, vocals) has earned a fine reputation for their sound and energy through their EPs of last year, What Use Is Wasting Time and Chapters, and live performances which has seen the band play with the likes of The Blackout, Patent Pending, and Erik Chandler (Bowling For Soup). Now the release of Outlaws is set to cement their emerging presence whilst you can only imagine, rustling up a great many more appetites for their enjoyable and potent creativity.

Opener Hometown immediately raises a heat of strong vocals and melodic tantalising from the guitars spiked by firm reserved rhythms. Outlaws_1Building up to a mini crescendo the song relaxes into a vibrant stride of prodding drums and descriptive riffs whilst the delivery of Turner adds an emotive glaze to the proposition.  It is an instantly engaging song which never relinquishes its hold right through to the end, and though the track does not ignite great fires in the passions mainly due to its familiarity to many others, there is an open accomplished style to the songwriting and presentation which coaxes out only satisfaction and impressed reactions. Keen and infectious the track makes a powerful and appealing start to the EP.

The following Contender takes the evocative breath of its predecessor into a ballad bred emotive croon, vocals impressive over equally an intriguing and thickly hued melodic narrative. As the guitars shaped the design of the heart spawned sounds around the similarly bred lyrical reflection, the song reaches into greater depths and textures with excellent string arrangements and portrayal to coax even stronger passion from the vocals and listener. It is a tremendous song, the best track on the release showing the wider adventure and skill of the band.

Both Burning Out and Let It Go step back into a more bouncy gait, the first with a swing to its offering which tempts feet to match its tempo whilst bass and drums cage it all in their own rhythmic persuasion. As with the previous tracks nothing is overdone, all aspects showing clarity yet restraint with subtle persuasions as effective as the more forceful elements of songs. Its finale is maybe a little predictable with the group harmonies/chants but it works well and makes for a fiery conclusion to another very decent song. The closing track is the most poppy of the four but no less dramatic with strong sinews to its riffs and emotional intensity. Thoroughly engaging and contagiously anthemic to thoughts, body, and emotions, it is another compelling track which emphasises why Lacey is gaging strong acclaim and enthusiastic support.

Outlaws may not shine on distinction compared to other bands, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, and New Found Glory often making their comparisons known, but it certainly glows in all other aspects showing that Lacey looks like a proposition which will just get stronger and more inventive, as well as popular ahead.


RingMaster 12/09/2013


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