Album Review: The Dollyrots - Daydream Explosion
Wicked Cool Records/The Orchard
For nearly 20 years, The Dollyrots (Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas) have been giving us their brand of pop-punk music that is every bit as much influenced by The Ramones as it is The Go-Go’s, but still 100% The Dollyrots. They continue that trend with their latest album Daydream Explosion – their first since 2017’s Whiplash Splash. Released with Stevie Van Zandt’s (most known for his work as the lead guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band) Wicked Cool Records, The Dollyrots pull you through an album of the classic pop-punk sound we’ve come to expect from them. Led by “Animal” and lead single “Everything,” their brand of catchy, bubblegum pop-punk is at the forefront of the album straight away and continues throughout with songs such as “Last Ones On Earth” and “Oblivious.” The power pop-infused “In Your Face” stands out as the fist-pumping anthem of the album, while “I Know How To Party” is the instant hit as Ogden sings through a list of all the things she isn’t too good at that make her quirky - my car’s a mess, my hair looks kind of funny, my driving sucks, burned a microwave meal, always lose my keys, etc. - But of course all this is said in the verses only to accentuate the fact that she knows how to party as the chorus states while you sing-a-long with it, “I know, I know, I know, I know, yeah I know, I know how to party.” Though there are some scattered moments, such as “Flippin’ In My Red Dress,” that sees them exploring a sound far off the edge of what they normally do, for the most part they stick to the idea of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” on Daydream Explosion. The Dollyrots are a veteran band who know what they do, and they do it well, so that’s exactly why this has become one of my favorite albums of the year. This is everything you’d want from them: catchy guitar riffs, crisp vocals, and fun, upbeat songs that make you sing-along and have a good a time!