Monday, November 20, 2006

They'll Show You a Good Time: The Demolition Doll Rods @ the Scene, October 27, 2006

A true garage band can rock without a lot of flash. The Demolition Doll Rods prove you can do it without a lot of clothes too.

The Demolition Doll Rods played the Scene in Glendale on October 27th, 2006 (and yes, I realize these posts are starting to get a little out of order, but really, who cares.) The Scene usually plays host to the punk, garage, hardcore kids, so this really was a fitting place to witness them…. Okay, fine, it’s a bit of a dive.

On vocals, Margaret Doll Rod screams and moans with that throaty, scratchy voice that seems necessary to hold up against the constant thumping of drums and rhythmic squeals on the dual guitars. They’re not shy about it. The music is sexy; they want you to feel sexy.. or maybe at least dirty. It’s hard to miss the point with songs like Booty Call and Baby Say Unh. Margaret calls out to the audience, inviting them to get down and dirty, proclaiming like an Evangelical Preacher. And, they get you dancing. In fact, Danny Doll Rod actually took the 8” step down from stage to floor and, with guitar in hand, rocked out with me before squirming and strumming through the rest of the audience. I needed a cigarette soon after.

Either the set flew by, or it wasn’t that long, I’m not sure. I am sure though that it was well worth a watch, and that I’m not going to witness a band like that for awhile, probably not until they come back. I wish that I had extensive knowledge of their back catalogue though, then I could at least name more of the songs. However, I know they covered at least what’s on their myspace page and from their album released this year, There is a Difference, on Swami Records.

One last exciting facet to this band is Dan Kroha, originally from the Gories, a prerequisite band for anyone interested in the Detroit garage scene. Replicating the dual guitar and stripped down drumming, the Demolition Doll Rods rock hard, do it well, and make it there own.

For a good time, leave the number on the bathroom wall and go see the Demolition Doll Rods instead.

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