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RE-DEFINING PUNK FOR A NEW GENERATION: L.A.'S HOTTEST BAND BARB WIRE DOLLS PUT STREET ROCK ON THE GLOBAL MAP
Fronted by the enigmatic femme fatale Isis Queen, Los Angeles based DIY Street Rock band Barb Wire Dolls formed at The Ikarus, a remote artist commune on the island of Crete, and with Greece in a state of political turmoil and bankruptcy, fate and destiny intervened when Rodney Bingenheimer of L.A.'s KROQ - the first DJ to spin records in the U.S. by the Ramones, Blondie, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana - discovered the band and started playing the bands’ demo in heavy rotation. Bingenheimer invited the band to perform in Hollywood and within a few weeks Barb Wire Dolls sold everything they owned and moved to Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Guitarist and Greek surfing/skateboarding icon Pyn Doll put his professional surfing career on hold and something magical happened. “Grecian imports Barb Wire Dolls have taken The Sunset Strip by storm” writes the Roxy Theatre as their first show at the famed venue sold out. "Barb Wire Dolls are the most important punk invasion to the U.S. since the Sex Pistols" writes PMP as the band cemented their place at the top of the newly emerging L.A. punk scene by selling out and packing monthly residencies from the Viper Room, On The Rox, to the Doll Hut before heading out to conquer the rest of America. Barb Wire Dolls have already attracted members of the Sex Pistols, Motorhead, Black Flag, Guns 'N' Roses, L7, Dead Kennedys, Aerosmith, Turbonegro, UK Subs, Flogging Molly, Sonic Youth, The Cult, Fear, Casualties, Television, Die Toten Hosen, TSOL, Bob Gruen, Frances Bean Cobain and countless others to their performances as the word about the band keeps growing.
After seeing their performance on the Bowery in New York City, Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh exclaimed, "Barb Wire Dolls are the most explosive and exciting new punk band I've seen in decades!" Street rockers Barb Wire Dolls are igniting the global music scene bringing back the spirit of rock and roll with blistering live shows and one of the most highly acclaimed debut albums in decades. "Leading the pack for today's generations of punk bands, Barb Wire Dolls have attracted a legion of fans and famous followers, including Black Flag and the Sex Pistols, thanks to its high energy rock and roll that combines first-wave punk, grunge and metal. Fronted by bombshell vocalist Isis Queen, the band recently released its debut album SLIT, masterminded by legendary producer Steve Albini." - Goldstar
Two days — that’s all it took for Barb Wire Dolls to record their debut SLIT, and to satisfy the gritty punk rock taste they craved, the band turned to Nirvana noise guru Steve Albini to record direct to 16-track 2" analog tape at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Barb Wire Dolls resuscitated the exhilaration and abandon of 1970's punk with some grunge stylings on SLIT, ignoring anything the genre had to offer post-1989. In early 2013 the band embraced a hail of hype as critics across the globe took their first liberating listen. "SLIT is the best punk rock record since Nirvana's "Bleach" writes Music + Riots magazine and Heavy Hard MetalMania writes "A pure massive H-bomb, a nuclear sound wave, probably the best punk album of the last two decades". Music Entertainment magazine writes "Barb Wire Dolls are the new face of Punk. The Dolls deliver real authentic punk rock with 70's CBGB style swagger with an oversexed frontwoman who makes Debbie Harry in her 70’s prime look downright homely, while singing like Patti Smith channeling Johnny Rotten. Punk’s not dead...not as long as Barb Wire Dolls have breath".
In the last three years Barb Wire Dolls generated a Top Ten commercial radio hit in South America, released multiple vinyl editions including an Australian released 7” split single with OFF! (that features Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks), released limited edition CD's "Punk The Fussies", "Live at The Viper Room", and "Fuck The Pussies", had three books published on them, graced the covers of multiple international magazines, were the title subject of the documentary film “New Wave Of Punk”, and received the “Best Live Punk Act” award. The band has made a major impact on the current music scene on both sides of the Atlantic, headlining medium to major music festivals including Spain's Brincadeira, the USA's Texas Showdown, Ink Life, Punk Rock Picnic, KROQ Rodney On The Roq Presents, SXSW, Metal Hammerhead, Queen Mary Bikerfest, Rock4Unity, the UK's BBA Taking Control, Germany's Kreutziger Streetfest, Pirate Satellite, Weihnachtspogo, Sommerloch, France's Foud' Rock, Slovenia's Gala Hala, Serbia's To Be Punk, Greece's Nakas and Ikarus, Czech Repubic's Keltska Noc & Vine City, to Slovakia's Happy Punk festival. In addition to headlining festivals, the band has played on the main stages at Rebellion, Fest Pod Parou, and Back To Future music festivals. Barb Wire Dolls have played over six hundred shows selling out multiple club dates in over seventeen countries including co-headlining dates with GBH, Sham 69, Discharge, Cockney Rejects, Status Quo, 999, Murder Junkies, Candlebox, Mushroomhead and also playing direct support for Jello Biafra, NOFX, Descendents, and Bouncing Souls.
In the fall of 2014 Barb Wire Dolls head to Sonic Ranch studio in El Paso, Texas to record their much anticipated follow up to SLIT. The as-of-yet untitled album is set to be released in early 2015.