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The Dollyrots Power Punk Through Life On New Album “Daydream Explosion”

The Dollyrots Daydream Explosion is a power-punk slice of life that reminds you that life is more uplifting than it often seems, and the right soundtrack to it can make it even better.

The Dollyrots are often referred to as being pop-punk, but a close listen to them reveals that this label applies to them about as much as it applies to Green Day. While The Dollyrots and Green Day aren’t as nihilistic as Suicidal Tendencies or The Sex Pistols, their sound is far from what one would consider “pop.” I’m sorry, melody isn’t the sole possession of pop music. There’s too much power and punch in The Dollyrots’ brand of punk to be labeled pop in any (hyphenated) way. Metal has a “power” category, why can’t punk? The Dollyrots’ newest album, Daydream Explosion is a brilliant display of powerful distorted, yet highly melodic, guitar riffs and pogo inspiring beats. It’s the very definition of power punk. 

 

The Dollyrots’ husband and wife team of Kelly Ogden (vocals, bass) and Luis Cabezas (guitar, vocals) often flirt with a more pop-like sound, but even their most sugary songs, like “Naked,” the fourth track on the new album, are way too guitar heavy to ever fit comfortably on a Top 40 playlist comprised of P!NK or Ariana Grande. Other tracks like “Watching The Storm Go By” flirt with pop sensibilities, but ends up sounding like a cross between The Shirelles and Tim Wheeler’s ASH. If that’s not punk enough for you, or postmodern enough even, I don’t know what else to tell you. “Animal” is a pure punk anthemics, and will spawn mosh pits. “Everything” is a burst of pure joy and will have you jumping and fist pumping whether you’re hearing the song live or in your headphones. 

Therein lies The Dollyrots’ secret weapon: the unbridled joy that bursts forth from just about every one of their songs. Power metal is often labeled as “uplifting” and The Dollyrots’ brand of punk is massively uplifting. I don’t mean uplifting as in a “change your life” kind of way. The Dollyrots might not change the world, but they will change your mood, and in the most extreme cases maybe even save your life, or at least your mental health. “In Your Face” is one of those types of songs that millions of kids across suburbia might just need to hear at their darkest moments. For millions of adults, it is the type of song that will remind you of what it was like to be one of those kids wallowing in suburbia. More importantly, it will remind you of  how you made it through those few dark and depressing years to explode into the reality of your daydreams once you hit the cusp of adulthood. 

That’s what I take the album’s title to represent. Adult life is, or at least should be, the explosion of your childhood daydreams, even if they don’t match it perfectly. All you have to do is get out there and make it happen. The Dollyrots Daydream Explosion is a power-punk slice of life that reminds you that life is full of more uplifting moments that you might realize, and the right soundtrack to it can make it even better. Daydream Explosion is one of those soundtracks. 

The Dollyrots are on tour

 

Carolina's based writer/journalist Andy Frisk love music, and writing, and when he gets to intermingle the two he feels most alive. Covering concerts and albums by both local and national acts, Andy strives to make the world a better place and prove Gen X really can still save the world.

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