Not all dolls are nice and cute. Some are steamy, savage, and hold the promise of nightmares. Just like Barb Wire Dolls.Â
This show was one of ups and downs. While the turnout was not the best for this unique musical treat, for those whoÂ came out to support the local and national touring scene were given quite a show to remember. Punk, not having the popularity it once might have held at the height of the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and Dead Kennedys, it none-the-less reigned supreme on the Frankie’s Inner City stage.
Don’t Get Bored opened the night for the show. Levi Garrow, Travis Colston, Gabe Garrow, and Eddie Machete make up this four piece hardcore, punk, thrash outfit from Southwest Michigan/Northeast Ohio. Having beenÂ a do-it-yourself band since 2011, the fellas did their best to warm up the crowd. Not even the breaking of a bass string held them down, especially taking an offered bass from The Dougouts.
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Next up were the sons of Toledo, Drop Dead Silhouette. Brandon Fox (guitar/vocals), Ross Ball (bass/vocals), and Alex Borger (Drums) made their second home rock with gusto. This trio was going to go into the studio but because of the scheduling conflicts, they had to postpone things a bit. So, to be proactive, the guys are going to write a few more tracks and make a smaller LP into a bigger release.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do9E3OTgG-Y] Drop Dead Silhouette – Intro Video
Swingin’ cool dudes were up next. The Dougouts are Doug (guitar, vocals), Kev (drums), and Snarl (bass, vocals). Not exactly sons of Toledo, they are like the cool uncles your mother really doesn’t want you to be like. They were having fun on stage and it showed. While we were disappointed that the shiny blue axe never saw love, we really like their set overall. With a mix of songs and subjects, the live performance is one we would highly recommend checking out if they come close to your neck of the woods.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF8vN8Goc30] The Dougouts
And last, but certainly not least, wereÂ Barb Wire Dolls. Formerly of Crete, Greece but now living out on the West Coast, the band is made up of Isis Queen (vocals), Pyn Doll (guitar), JJ (bass), and Krash Doll (drums). Having not only the credentials of selling out the Hollywood Strip, but the song writing and stage show to go along with a reputation of leaving the audience breathless at the end of a set, it all sums up the punk experience of the band. Not long ago, Isis gave National Rock Review a few minutes of her time to talk to us about all that and more. You can read all about it, here.