The Dollyrots – Whiplash Splash (LP)

Whiplash Splash is an assertive doubling down on the power pop hooks and punk rock flair issued by California duo The Dollyrots.

Tracking much of the raw performances of this 6th studio effort themselves, the band once again enlists producer John Fields to add polish to Kelly Ogden’s vocals and craft a radio-ready mix. The resulting 13 songs exude authenticity and shift between breakneck tempo changes (“Babbling Idiot”), extreme loud/soft dynamics (“Mermaid”) and bubblegummy melodic three-chord punk (“I Do”).

Recorded during singer/bassist Ogden’s pregnancy with her and guitarist Luis Cabezas’ second child, Whiplash Splash is The Dollyrots’ first studio LP since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant and follows two Top 20 peaks on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Standout tracks include guest vocals by Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo (“Just Because I’m Blonde”), Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup (“Other Trucker”), and a modernized buzzsaw-guitar cover of Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking On Sunshine”.

As a whole, the record fits sonically between any modern pop-punk and guitar goddess rock & roll… with a hint of Ronnie Spector.

The Dollyrots is an American pop punk band composed of Kelly Ogden (bass, vocals) and Luis Cabezas (guitar, vocals). What started as a hobby for the duo became a full-time career in 2000 as the pair set about honing a pop-punk sound inspired by the Ramones, the Pixies, the Sex Pistols and Green Day. They have released six studio albums to date and have played over 1,000 live shows throughout their career.

I Do
Babbling Idiot
Just Because I’m Blonde
Squeeze Me
This Addiction
Dance Like A Maniac
City of Angels
Saturday Morning
Jump Start This Heart
Pack of Smokes
Other Trucker
Walking on Sunshine