The Dollyrots @ The Hi Hat – 03/30/2017
It was a family affair for the pop/power/punk duo The Dollyrots, featuring the husband and wife duo of guitarist and vocalist Luis Cabezas, and vocalist and bassist Kelly Ogden at an L.A. stop on their national tour supporting their sixth studio album released in March Whiplash Splash at The Hi Hat on Thursday March 30. Early into their hour-long set,Kelly Ogden introduced her young son to the band’s large and devoted fan base. The adorable but mischievous little boy, wearing enormous headphones, made farting noises into her microphone and the crowd laughed and seemed to get a kick out of him. In fact, the show was an all-ages event and there were several small children accompanied by their parents for a night out of live rock music. Ogden also said there were so many people in the audience they have seen at their shows over the years, both here in L.A., where they once lived, and also at gigs throughout their 15-plus music career. Ogden and Cabezas joked they weren’t sure they should tell anymore road stories because everyone in the audience may have heard them before.
When it came to The Dollyrots’ music, though, it was obvious no one at this show seemed to tire of hearing their music. The back catalog of The Dollyrots’ material, which included a number of new songs, is still vibrant and relevant sounding even as the duo has evolved creatively throughout the course of their success and popularity in the music industry from performing at festivals, having songs placed in both film and TV shows and their high-profile co-headlining gigs. The duo maintains a brash yet melodic signature sound and have stayed true to their roots. The catchy, in-your-face, highly-charged tunes were performed with a fresh hard rocking and poppy intensity with a wink, smile, sneer and swagger. The edgy duo have eye-catching looks with contrasting styles: Ogden, with her platinum blonde hair, and Cabezas, with his jet black frohawk. Striking a number of poses and taking a confident, defiant stance onstage, The Dollyrots delivered a polished show that never sounded or felt like a formula or lapsed into a cliche by imbuing the music and its arrangements with a raw immediacy.