London duo DOLLS brought the house down at Shacklewell Arms at their single launch show on Friday night, and our cassette copy of ‘Armchair Psychiatrist’ hasn’t left our tape decks since. Presented by Roadkill Records & We Can Do It Promotions, the night was a showcase of impressively raw talent, culminating in a knockout headline set from the pair.
Balloons and Barbie dolls littered the stage throughout the sets of supporting bands Gaygirl, Krush Puppies & Projector and the room stayed packed with supportive spectators for the duration of their performances. Projector in particular were something to behold, their alternative GOO era Sonic Youth inspired sound was delivered with impressive precision and energy.
Both naturally charismatic performers, headliners DOLLS (aka Jade & Bel) were a joy to watch on stage. Combining grunge & blues sensibilities with garage rock attitude, songs like ‘Kid Kannibal’ and ‘Killing Time’ were impossible not to sway too, and the same can be said for the pair’s latest single ‘Armchair Psychiatrist’. Played mid-way through their set, guitarist Jade switched seamlessly between sweet and snarling vocals, whilst drummer Bel smashed away on her kit, singing the seminal chorus line “feeling good / just worried about everyone else”.
At the close of the set, Jade broke the fourth wall and entered the crowd to deliver the last few minutes of DOLLS’ grunge laced anthems. Their time spent relentlessly gigging across the capital over the last year has clearly paid off and thy were rewarded with waves of appreciative applause as they left the stage.
Photo Credit: Keira Cullinane