Ribbed Music For The Numb Generation
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Maya von Doll (Vox, Multinational Mongrel),
Toni Sailor (Finnish Guitarist)
Weston Doll (Portsmouth Keyboard Player), Matt `Fuzzy' Lord (double bass, bass guitar), Paul Stone (drums)
Praise for Sohodolls
"Utterly magnificent slab of haughty electro-sleaze which makes Peaches sound as predatory and erotically charged as KT Tunstall. Let them get frosty on your ass - it is winter after all."
NME [on last single `No Regrets']
"Post-feminism sex rock n roll and it's downright tasty...let's do the nasty on the dancefloor"
SOHODOLLS release their long-awaited debut album, `Ribbed Music For The Numb Generation,' on September 3rd.
Produced by Robert Harder (Whitey, Polar Bear, Babyshambles, The Sunshine Underground) and Steve Lyon (Depeche Mode, The Cure), `Ribbed Music...' is a twelve-track trawl through an electro-tinged rock 'n' roll underworld. An album about strippers, violence, paranoia and police car chases was actually recorded in a barn in Cornwall, surrounded by horses, sheep and summer berries in bloom."
The band's eclectic influences have conspired to create a multi-textured debut: "We love rock 'n' roll, electro, glam, '77-british punk, jazz and hip hop," says Maya the bands lead singer. "All these extremes make our music ribbed. We don't fit easily into pigeon-holes - not in music and not in life. We feel our generation has been cheated. Modern life has conspired to make us dumb, numb and un-questioning. We want people to tap into their primal senses again: lust, anger, love, fear, compassion, happiness and humour. Lyrically and musically the songs on this album express all of these feelings and instincts."
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And this, their debut album, forms the backbone of their setlist. "Ribbed Music..." is totally sassy, totally seductive, quite naughty and full of great hooks and riffs and keyboard atmospheres. Maya's singing is delicate, unshowy, posh-London-accented, hugely, hugely likeable. A far cry from the strangulated cat/constipated camel warbles of the far more celebrated and far less talented Duffy, Adele, Amy et al.
On first listen, most of the songs sound simple... simplistic, even. But there is great artistry at work here. The Dolls are superb songwriters and the lyrics are refreshingly unmannered, witty and playful - they blend perfectly with the music.
Stripper is a stonking opener - blending a rabble-rousing chorus with an almost wistful bridge. It's classy and dirty and raucous all at the same time. Lesser bands, lesser artistes would struggle to match Stripper's opening gambit. The astonishing thing about the Dolls is that, on this album, they begin in superlative fashion and maintain that standard throughout every single song. Prince Harry, My Vampire, Right and Right Again, Trash the Rental, I'm Not Cool, Bang Bang Bang, The Rest for the Wicked, Weekender, Pleasures of Soho, No Regrets, 1724.... this is perfect music. As perfect as anything Abba ever managed to come up with. (And I rate Abba highly as musicians and songwriters.)
Live, the Dolls were an incredibly tight unit - their sound is heavier, meatier than on record. Heavier and meatier, in fact, than many metal acts!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favourite albumns ever, I've no idea why Soho Dolls are not #1 stars, they are absolutely amazing.Published 15 months ago by Chullster
the only thing better than this album is the complete track listing live.
There arent many better 2007 album openers than 'Stripper' with the thumping bass and pounding... Read more
I saw the Soho Dolls at the Whitby goth festival in April and have been waiting impatiently for this ever since. It has not disappointed. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2007 by Amazon Customer