Barb Wire Dolls: The Return of Modern Punk
Review of their latest album, “Rub My Mind”
When I was handed this cd to review, I had never heard of the Barb Wire Dolls. As more of a prog/metal fan, this looked like something I wasn’t so sure about. Upon starting my research into the band, I found out that they have a sizable following and are growing in popularity very quickly. This summer, they have been on the Vans Warped Tour, which wraps up in the next few weeks. They have toured extensively around the world and played at some of the largest festivals.
The Barb Wire Dolls moved to Los Angeles from Crete, Greece in 2010, after selling all their possessions to pursue their dream. Playing on the famed Sunset Strip, selling out The Roxy Theater, Wisky A Go Go and The Viper Room, they quickly gained the attention of the one and only Lemmy of Motorhead. He signed them to his label, Motorhead Records and they began their rapid, upward climb to the top of modern punk.
Rub My Mind, is their latest and third, full length release. The first single, titled “Back in the USSA” is exactly what an opening track should be; in your face, energetic and aggressive. The lyrics are clearly referencing the current state of political affairs in America. It’s everything you’d expect from modern punk and they do it perfectly.
If I Fall, takes on the deeper issue of the importance of self preservation. I can’t help but be reminded of Green Day, with that bass line! There is a true story which I read while researching the band, of a 15 year old girl who was contemplating suicide until she found the Barb Wire Dolls and their message of finding the strength to fight through the difficult times that life throws at you. This track is representative of that girls’ struggles and her success in overcoming them.
By the time you get to the third track, Desert Song, you are already into deeper writing and a little more laid back and layered style of playing. This is where I hear the more 90s to modern rock sound seep through. While the obvious ad nauseam comparisons to L7, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry are justified, hearing the likes of Nirvana, Hole, Green Day and even Tom Petty, as well as the clear influences of The Sex Pistols, Clash and The Ramones take shape as you listen through the whole cd.
There are thirteen songs on this album, mostly short and to their point. There are no guitar solos, no extravagant runs or anything that shows off the musicians’ abilities. This is good, old fashioned, no frills, rock n’ roll!
I highly recommend this album for anyone who is into the modern punk revival or any of the bands identified in this review as similar or influential. Even for this metal girl, I had these songs stuck in my head and growing on me for days after listening to it.
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Check out the Official Video to “Back in the USSA”. WARNING: Explicit visual content 🙂