Monday, February 19, 2007
Demolition Doll Rods - s/t
Demolition Doll Rods s/t 7" (Past It/Womb, 1994)
The Demolition Doll Rods are hardly an unknown quantity, being the vehicle for Dan Kroha immediately following the implosion of his previous gig, the Gories. I was at their first show in San Francisco at Tom Guido's Purple Onion, a rather sparsely attended black tie (leather) affair with Tim Yohannon up front slapping his leg along to their set-closing brace of Velvet Underground covers. Their sound was skeletal to the point of starvation, Kroha's femme duds were charming, the two chicks were bouncy in all the best ways. Rock 'n Roll. This EP captures the feeling of that show perfectly, a great way to start Act II of a garage-rock career. Take that F. Scott Fitzgerald, you sourpuss, there are Second Acts in America.
The Doll Rods have continued for a long time, wow, look at the time, they are still rockin' it although I have to confess I haven't seen them in years. Charm has a limited shelf life with a grizzled consumer like me, and their first full length didn't do me like this EP did so I moved on to, I dunno, the Rock 'n Roll Adventure Kids. This EP appeared as a split release on the Past It/Womb labels, who were separately responsible for bringing the world the Icky Boyfriends and Monoshock. And the Demolition Doll Rods. That makes them a better bet to get into the indie rock HOF than Junk or Beer City or... -Ryan W.