The Dollyrots have been going strong since day one! Having met during college and decided they would never stop playing music that they love. Having just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and a new self titled record ‘The Dollyrots’ are ready to take over! On a tour w/ Bowling For Soup we got to catch a few words with the band and their plans for the future and a lot more.
Can you give us your name, favorite animal, and what colors shoes you’re wearing?
Kelly, prairie dog, black
Can you tell us a little bit about The Dollyrots, what are your influences, and what got you started playing music?
Over the past 10 years we’ve released 4 full length records, criss crossed the USA at least 10 times, toured the UK and Ireland and given thousands of sweaty hugs to kids at our merch table. We grew up on classic pop punk like Buzzcocks, Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Billy Idol, X, girl groups like The Ronettes, The Crystals and The Shirelles, and 90s alternative/punk like The Pixies, Nirvana, Bikini Kill, Elastica, Hole, and The Vaselines. I started playing guitar when I was 16 to impress a boy… and Luis (the other Dollyrot) was my first guitar teacher. Our records are very poppy but as a live band do more of a punk rock thing.
You recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, what wasyour thought process for making it successful. Had you done any in the past? Is it something you would do again?
Oh man, Kickstarter was amazing! And yeah, it was our first time. We spent a lot of time looking oat other successful projects and thinking about what we would want from our favorite bands. We really didn’t expect such an incredible outpouring of support. It was one of the most amazing things we’ve experienced as a band. We more than quadrupled our goal and found out that the people who like our band REALLY like our band. They’re hardcore fans.
The fulfillment end of the project was a TON of work but I think we’d probably do it again. Over 500 packages to mail out. We might have to simplify it next time but at least we’ll have a better idea of what we’re doing going in.
How do you think bands can be more creative to engage their fans? As We mentioned before Kickstarter is one way, but do you do anything else? Meet and Greets? Fan interviews? Dinner Dates? What are somethings you think bands should be doing to bridge the gap between being onstage and being more personal and getting to know who your fans are?
We wouldn’t be able to do this without our fans and I think having a direct connection with them makes it all a better experience for them AND us. Knowing that we’re making music for them makes us work that much harder. We’ve done dinner, ice cream, other concerts, drinks, bowling and all sorts of stuff with our fans over the years but I think the really important thing is the every day interaction we can have on the Internet. Twitter and Facebook have been a really great thing for us. We’re open people, always meet our fans at the merch table after every show and genuinely LIKE hanging out with them so it’s easy for us.
In your video “Because I’m Awesome”, you guys poke fun at AmericanIdol. Picture this: you’re forced to add an American Idol judge toyour band. He or she can be assigned any role in your band. Who do youpick & what do they do?
Ha. I’m not even sure who is on American Idol now but man… If Paula Abdul would sing backups and play keys that would be awesome. THEN we can have her choreograph some sweet dance moves for us too.
Often times, bands are defined not only by what they like, but what they hate. What are three things you despise in modern music?
1. Bands calling themselves “pop punk” but are totally commercial emo or some kind of hardcore offshoot with tons of breakdowns and key changes 2. Bands with woo boxes. (you know, wooden boxes they bring on stage to jump on) 3. Girls not wearing pants… why aren’t chick singers wearing pants anymore??
Do you have day jobs? If not, what did you do before being in a band?
Our last day jobs were actually pretty okay… I worked in the Exhibits Department of the California Science Center and took care of all the animals there. I was the only girl and the youngest so it was kinda like tour but I made more money and hung out with animals all day… oh wait… I still hang out with animals all day 😉 Luis worked in a genetics lab where he ran samples and hung out with awesomely cool nerds all day.
The Dollyrots form together like Voltron. What shape does the completed robot take when assembled? What would your robot’s finishing move be?
A bunny, of course! I’ll be the body, Luis and our drummer James can be the giant ears. The finishing move is a Cotton Tail Smash Suplex.
Describe the Dollyrots using only the title of a movie, book, or TV series.
Freaks and Geeks.
You’ve just died. What song is playing at your funeral?
It’s a tie… Happy Phantom – Tori Amos then Every Dog has it’s Day – Flogging Molly
You’ve just been resurrected from the dead. What song is playing as your family, friends, and the entire media witness a full-blown miracle right in front of their very own eyes?
Hhahahah…. Thriller – Michael Jackson, obviously I’ll be dancing my way out of the grave.
A full-length feature film directed by the Coen Brothers is being made about the Dollyrots. Joel & Ethan have left casting up to you. Who do you choose to play yourselves?
Emma Stone will play the part of Kelly and a young Johnny Depp will play the part of Luis!