Punk’s not dead and it never went away. It has been pushed underground for decades by the media because it speaks of the truth and exposes hypocrisy, but with the political climate of the world rapidly changing, a new female oriented punk resurgence has created a movement across the globe. One band in particular is shaking things up with their debut album titled Slit that was recorded in just two days by indie mastermind Steve Albini (Nirvana, Stooges, Pixies).
Hailing from the birthplace of Democracy, Barb Wire Dolls is a politically charged female-fronted Punk trio from Greece that combines the furious raw elements of first wave punk and grunge rock into a modern melodic sound that decimates hearts and minds. Described by Guitar World magazine as “a true-to-the-genre punk band” Barb Wire Dolls is fronted by the fiery and outspoken femme-fatale singer Isis Queen, along with guitarist Pyn Doll and drummer Krash Doll. The band came together while living in an artist commune on the island of Crete, and with Greece in a state of political turmoil and bankruptcy, fate and destiny intervened when DJ Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ radio station in Los Angeles -the first DJ to spin records in the U.S. by the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Blondie, Hole, and Nirvana -started playing the bands’ demo and invited the Greeks to perform stateside. Within a few weeks Barb Wire Dolls sold everything they owned and re-located to Los Angeles. “Grecian imports the Barb Wire Dolls have taken The Sunset Strip by storm” writes the Roxy Theatre as their first show at the historic venue sold out and made history as they became the first punk band from Greece to perform in America. The band quickly cemented their place at the top of the newly emerging L.A. punk scene attracting to their shows rock icons Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Jennifer Finch (L7), and Frances Bean Cobain (Kurt and Courtney Love’s daughter).
“With unity there is power, with power there is change. Without these two you can’t have your freedom!” yells Barb Wire Dolls’ singer Isis at a crowd of thousands before spontaneously exiting the stage and climbing to sing from the rafters high above, putting the audience into a frenzy. The sounds of anger and inspiration that collides in Barb Wire Dolls is a stripped down to the basics, take-no-prisoners onslaught of liberating music that becomes a sonic weapon of aggression. Their live show tears down the pretensions that have poisoned mainstream rock today. “Leaving a trail of rock-n-roll devastation in their wake, Barb Wire Dolls throw down the gauntlet to today’s pre-fab rebellion, pointing a middle finger where it so clearly belongs.” writes Blank TV. Fueled by a demand for change, it’s the reflection of frustrated ambitions in a society that habitually attempts to repress freedom and self-expression that drives Barb Wire Dolls forward. “Their music carries a message, much like the anarchy of the Sex Pistols, but without the ‘no future for you’ aspect of it” writes the UK’s Mudkiss magazine. Punk has always been about rebellion and these modern Greek revolutionaries are bearing another set of ‘gifts’ with eleven new songs on their debut. The songwriting on Slit is an examination of societies’ absurdities that attempt to bury the truth of who and what we really are and the urgency to heed the wake-up call before it’s too late.
“Every few years or so a band comes along that changes the music landscape. They are different from the other bands that are out there. They bring something new and exciting to an otherwise generic music scene that the public has grown tired of. The Beatles did this, The Sex Pistols did this, Guns N’ Roses did this, Nirvana did this. But for the past 20 years no band has been able to stand out from their predecessors. No band has been able to re-ignite the music scene, to bring back the energy it once had….that is until now. With their sound, their look and their attitude, Barb Wire Dolls are going to do what no band has been able to do within the last two decades…take the music industry by storm.” – Sugarbuzz magazine
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