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16 September 2010 @ 10:46 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #94: The Dollyrots "Pour Tous Jours/California Beach Boy"  
It’s hard for me to determine where The Dollyrots fit into my overall music collection – they are definitely an anomaly. Lyrically it’s so far away from what I normally listen to (prog, singer/songwriter, metal, rock) and I’m not the biggest pop-punk fan, but I just love these guys. I guess I’d put them into my “purely fun bands” area. I have a tendency to pull them out more than a lot of other bands that I’d list as my favorites. Sadly, for one reason or another, their fans are not really big on posting their songs on youtube so I’m in a bit of a dilemma…..the song I want to run as the Song of the Week is nowhere to be found online….almost nothing from their new album is available on youtube actually. What’s up with that?!? I’ve had the album for a few months and I figured if I waited until after street date that some tracks would pop up on youtube, but nothing (granted, maybe they’re being pulled down, but I don’t think that’s the case).

“Pour Tous Jours” was the cut I was looking for, a rare balladish type track from their new album, A Little Messed Up. Vocalist/Bassist Kelly Ogden sounds so good on the track and the Dollyrots staple harmonies are ever present. I think I latched onto it early because it was so different compared to every other track they’ve recorded. I don’t know how to tell you check it out…even the samples on Reverb Nation won’t load for me. So I’m going to have to go with another choice, but again, there are very few to choose from that are out there….so…

Oh wait, you have no idea who The Dollyrots are?! Oh, whoops. Kelly and guitarist Luis Cabezas moved from Florida to California, released their debut on Lookout Records and then while on Warped Tour, Kelly approached Joan Jett and gave her a cassette. Fast forward to the release of their 2nd album with drummer Chris Black, on Joan’s Blackheart Records which is where I first heard them. I found a copy around the office and decided to check it out cause Kelly was cute as a button. Its solid rockin’ tunes with layered vocal harmonies, a punk edge, but with cutesy and sweet vocals – it’s a great dichotomy. From the first track, “Because I’m Awesome,” it was an instant hit with me and now their 3rd record has been in my rotation for the past couple of months and have been waiting until some tracks hit youtube from the official release last month, but I’m tired of waiting and I guess their fans aren’t into youtube.

I’m going to pick the first single from the new album. Again, it’s so far from my “normal” listening choices, but it’s so infectious that it’s undeniable. So, I present to you:

The Dollyrots “California Beach Boy” - Click here

On the right side there is a player where you can select ‘play now’ for “California Beach Boy” – turn it up and start tapping your toe (it’s hard because it’s fast, but you’ll get the hang of it). Vocal harmonies, a fun groove, some tasteful guitar work, thumping bass, and a driving beat – it’s undeniably fun. And while the lyrics aren’t Joni Mitchell-ish, they’re fun and there is always something to smile at in a Dollyrots song, this time around it’s: “He holds the door for me, like he invented chivalry, to my heart he holds the key.” How can you not love that?

After it finishes playing it’ll jump to a cover of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” but if you scroll down a bit to the bottom of the player and click “1” another new song will start, “Rollercoaster” – another departure from their previous albums (more mature) featuring some great vocals from Kelly. Check out the links below for more Dollyrots goodness!

Enjoy!

More from The Dollyrots:
In-studio recording “California Beach Boy” – fast forward to 2:30 for great vocal
“Because I’m Awesome” – American Idol parody video
“Because I’m Awesome” acoustic live
“My Best Friend’s Hot” – so catchy
“Jackie Chan” – “I know kung fu, I’m not afraid to use it on you” LOL, too funny
“Brand New Key” – the classic with a punk twist