Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
I attended the Jones Beach date of Warped Tour this past weekend, and one of the acts that really stood out was Greek punk rockers Barb Wire Dolls.
The name alone has to have you intrigued, as it sounds like something Terry Funk would give to his granddaughters (if he has any).
The band clearly knows they’re eye catching, but they’re really here to rock your face off, and before anyone could make a snap judgement based on the initial visual aspect of what we were seeing on stage, the band launched into a set of guitar driven, emotion packed, punk rock, all the while also having a good time.
Want to know more? Here are three reasons you should see Barb Wire Dolls live.
1. Their Riot Grrrl Meets Retro Punk Rock Sound Will Get You Hyped
With a brand of feminism that’s decidedly modern, and a sound that would fit in just fine with classic punk acts, Barb Wire Dolls’ live show is a healthy mix of rage and fun.
Speaking of those classic punk acts, Barb Wire Dolls lead singer Isis Queen has a look, and a vibe, that makes you wonder if she’s Debbie Harry’s long lost, Greek, daughter. Additionally, the band’s drum set is covered in so many stickers it would be well camouflaged in any old school DIY punk venue.
The band has a blast on stage, and when they’re whipping their hair around, the joy they express while doing so is contagious, so expect to feel a similar emotion while in the crowd.
2. They Harken Back to Punk’s Political Era
Barb Wire Dolls’ upcoming album, Rub My Mind, will be released on July 28th, and the first song on the album is “Back In The USSA.” This is nothing like The Beatles song “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” rather, it’s a contemporary take on the political missteps America has made, and continues to make. Lemme tell ya, it doesn’t shy away from anything.
In that same vein, the band closed their set at Warped Tour by performing their riotous song “Revolution,” with Isis Queen hopping onto the barrier in front of the crowd, and doing a call and response with both sides shouting “Revolution.”
3. Frontwoman Isis Queen Can Really Sing
It may seem strange to feel the need to make a point of this, I mean, Barb Wire Dolls are a band, you expect a band’s lead singer to be able to sing. That said – and I know this isn’t fair, but my parents always used to tell me fair is a four-letter f-word – sometimes people look at an attractive lead singer and expect them to be style over talent. This is not the case with Isis Queen, whom I heard impressively hold, and extend, notes a number of times, with crystal clarity, to the point where even I was like, “Whoa, didn’t see that coming!”
To find out when, and where, Barb Wire Dolls are performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.