The Dollyrots at Mandela Hall, Belfast

October 22, 2012

It’s been just under two years since the three piece ‘post-pop punk’ band The Dollyrots smashed a Northern Irish stage. Both times supporting their “best friends” Bowling For Soup. I am alwaysskepticalabout support acts. However it didn’t take long after front lady Miss Kelly Ogden’s voice powered through thehilariouslybrilliantcover of ‘I’ve got a Combine Harvester’ (‘I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates’) to makesenseof the veryjuxtapositionof the band’s name.

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Being a bass player myself any sexy, headbanging, front woman bass player has a high five from me. The slightly husky but sweet voice of Ogden’s belting over the top of the rawness ofguitaristLuis Cabezas and drummer Chris Black could be compared to Paramore’s Haley Williams. But that doesn’t really matter as their music is the polar opposite. With catchy lyrics and head bopping guitar riffs, their music is inventive and purely works for this generation of teen pop punks.

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Their newestrelease’Because I’m Awesome’ was my personalfavouriteand I was humming thechorusall the way home. After their set they rushed to themerchandisingdesk to meet their fans. My first remark was just howpoliteall three of them were. A very refreshing thing to witness. Kelly, even givingbrilliant(but very sweaty) hugs out. (Apparently she gets all her musicalenergyfrom her fan’s cuddles). With their clear passion fortheirmusic and their fun,energeticpersonas on stage and off it’s hard not to fall in lust with this band.

Hopefullyit won’t take two years for them to grace our Belfast music scene again.

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