REVIEW: The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles

The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles

The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles

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The Dollyrots are a pop-punk band based around the core duo of bass-playing singer Kelly Ogden and guitarist Luis Cabezas.

Formed in Florida but now based in Los Angeles, they have released six albums of energetic chugging pop-punk, with what seems like a revolving cast of drummers.

Kelly and Luis, who are a couple, had their first child in 2013, and now take him on the road with them – hence the name of this first-ever live album, with every tour resembling a family holiday.

They’ve played more than 1,000 gigs, toured with the likes of Bowling For Soup, Black Flag, Paramore and Buzzcocks, and have obviously learned a lot from them.

The 11 songs featured on this CD/DVD package are hugely enjoyable slices of pop-punk, and suggest they’re a live act really worth catching.

Kelly’s melodic but attitude-filled vocals bring to mind Joan Jett (who they’ve covered) while Luis’s buzzsaw guitar is up there with the best the often-predictable genre can offer.

The set opens with My Best Friend’s Hot, and includes their lively cover of Melanie’s pop-folk Brand New Key, as well as their best-known song Because I’m Awesome, which has featured on TV shows including Ugly Betty and in a couple of films.

The backing vocals provided by female drummer Rikki Styxx, the latest inhabitant of the drum stool, compliment Kelly’s voice nicely, and add something to the studio versions of many of the songs.

The standout track for me is the two-minute rush of Jackie Chan, which is best described as a close relation of Ash’s Kung Fu. 7/10.