Chatting with pop punk band The Dollyrots

Podcast Interview

The Dollyrots

By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Interview: Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas of The Dollyrots

One of Rock At Night’s favs is pop punk band The Dollyrots. We’ve been following them in both the US and UK for the last five years.  We spoke with musician/songwriters Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas today via Zoom about their latest album, current projects, and plans for 2022.  On January 21st, the band is releasing a two-CD package called “Down the Rabbit Hole”.  The album is chockful of covers, B-sides, and never-released songs—and you can see our review HERE.

Cabezas explains, “It is a retrospective of a ton of stuff that never ended up on an album, for some reason. It doesn’t fit the feel for the rest of them. It just doesn’t fit the album for some reason.  Some of the songs haven’t been heard.”

The newest song on the album “Too Fun for My Health” was coincidentally written pre-COVID. There are punk versions of classics that span several decades, including “Earth Angel”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, and “Do You Love Me”.  Ogden explained she grew up listening to her parent’s music and has an appreciation for 60s bands like The Chiffons and ShangriLas. She notes, “We try to do covers that bring a song to people that they haven’t heard in awhile. There’s a lot of younger fans that might not know some of these covers.” She finds it important to introduce songs to a new generation, in the vein of Nirvana introducing bands like Bikini Kill or Black Flag.

A pleasant surprise on the album is Lisa Loeb’s song “Stay”.  Apparently, both Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup and Drew Carey suggested the song.  Ogden says, “It’s weird when you do a cover. It’s harder than doing original songs in a lot of ways.  We like to do a cover in a way that people know what it is but we don’t want to change it completely—we want to put our own spin on it.”

Listen to the audio interview for the full story. The Dollyrots discuss their touring experience in the UK; Kelly’s voicing of Stevie Van Zandt’s new station “Coolest Songs in the World” (Channel 721); the manufacturing shortage of vinyl pressed albums in the U.S.; new music that is in the works for 2022; and their August 2022 Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Sea Cruise with the Buzzcocks, The Dictators, The Stranglers, and more!

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The Dollyrots

FOR MORE ON THE DOLLYROTS & UPCOMING EVENTS.

  • Little Steven’s Underground Garage very first GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SEA CRUISE, along with Graham Parker, The Dictators, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and more. The cruise departs from Athens, Greece and will visit the ports of Mykonos, Greece and Izmir, Turkey from August 18th through August 23rd, 2022. Pre-sale going on now and get more information by going to Underground Garage.
  • Check out Kelly’s Sunrise Surprise radio show weekday mornings from 4 a.m. EST to 8 a.m. EST on Sirius XM’s Underground Garage (Ch. 21).
  • Also, check out Kelly voicing Stevie Van Zandt’s “Coolest Songs in the World”, a brand new station on Sirius XM (Ch. 721).  www.siriusxm.com/streaming

The Dollyrots 2021 Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 22nd!

5:00 PM PST – 8 PM EST – 1 AM GBT – 30 Min Show – Pay What You Can

December 22, 2021—Live Event—StageIt

TOUR DATES 2022

w/ The Von Tramps

Thursday, March 10                Reggie’s Music Joint                              Chicago, IL

Friday, March 11                     Uptown VFW                                          Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, March 12                X-Ray Arcade                                          Cudahy, WI

Sunday, March 13                  Beachland Ballroom & Tavern            Cleveland, OH

Monday, March 14                 Rumba Cafe                                            Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 15                 Melody Inn                                            Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, March 16            Old Rock House                                     St Louis, MO

 

w/ Bowling for Soup & Lit

Tuesday, April 12                    Empress Ballroom                                Blackpool, UK

Wednesday, April 13               O2 Academy Glasgow                         Glasgow, UK

Thursday, April 14                    Grimsby Auditorium                            Grimsby, UK

Friday, April 15                         Scarborough Spa                                  Scarborough, UK

Saturday, April 16                    O2 Academy Birmingham                  Birmingham, UK

Sunday, April 17                       O2 Academy Bournemouth               Bournemouth, UK

Monday, April 18                     Riviera International Centre              Torquay, UK

Tuesday, April 19                     Brangwyn Hall                                      Swansea, UK

Thursday, April 21                   De La Warr Pavilion                             Bexhill On Sea, UK

Friday, April 22                         Winter Gardens                                   Margate, UK

Saturday, April 23                    O2 Academy Brixton                           London, UK

 

w/ Buzzcocks, The Dictators, & more

Thursday, August 18 – August 23 Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise       Athens, Greece

 

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