Dolorata is a modern day old school band. With passion and raw power, this all-female quintet rocks with the sensibility of the iconic 70's, combining distinctive influence and experience to create a new sound, which can be described most simply as "rock and roll." Vibrating deep in your heart, you not only feel the soul and blues that had guided the pioneering bands of rock's heyday, but you also catch the momentum building for each stripped down, captivating rhythm that demands the attention of today. This musical mix defines Dolorata.
Guided by lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Katie Colpitts, each lyrically compelling song is recognizable and riff based. She is strongly supported by Dori Sappo on guitar, Veronica Savage on bass, Dawn Richardson on drums, and uniquely accented by Emily Palen's persuasive violin. Each brings her own influential and hard-hitting vision to Dolorata. Members of the band have not only hailed from Bay Area groups such as, 4 Non Blondes and The Hail Marys, but have performed at the Grammy's and have played with legendary icons like John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters and Tracy Chapman.
Dolorata has vibrantly rocked some of San Francisco's most celebrated venues from The Warfield, The Fillmore, Slims and Bottom of the Hill to esteemed establishments in the southern CA region from The Whiskey a Go-Go to the House of Blues. Unshakable headliners, as well as dynamic supporters of such artists as Iggy and the Stooges, The Gossip or Von Iva, Dolorata consistently manifests the magnitude of their uncompromising, driving, soul vibrating rock.
Releasing their debut album, Believer, in May of 2008, Dolorata continues to capture attention, garnering praise from such notables as Curve Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly. Tracks from Believer have electrified the airwaves on Bay Area radio stations, including 107.7 The Bone.
Dolorata's blues influenced, hard rock inspired collaboration always packs a punch. Somewhere between Cream and Led Zeppelin - Wolfmother and Queens of the Stone Age, you'll find the sound of Dolorata.