Track Of The Day: DOLLS – ‘Pink Bones’

Ambiguity, strung-out riffs and a catchy chorus combine to make London duo Dolls‘ latest single ‘Pink Bones’ another grunge-pop gem. The track is taken from their upcoming debut EP Pop The Bubble, set for release on 21st September via Mondo/Death Waltz records.

‘Pink Bones’ was one of the first songs the pair wrote together after meeting through mutual friends and Facebook messages. Speaking about the track, drummer Bel explains: “I believe this song is like one of those abstract paintings, it can mean many different things to whoever listens to it; and we like keeping it that way. Otherwise it ruins how far your imagination can go!”

Dolls have been gigging around London relentlessly for the last few years, and are more than ready to release their Pop The Bubble EP, which they worked on with producer Jim Sclavunos (The Horrors, The Wytches, Du Blonde). The EP will be released on limited edition multi-coloured and etched vinyl, and will be available to buy at Dolls’ Rough Trade in-store gig on Monday 24th September.

Listen to ‘Pink Bones’ below and follow DOLLS on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Hall.

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: DOLLS – ‘Sugar Free’

Prepare to have your bubble well and truly popped by the sound of DOLLS‘ latest single ‘Sugar Free’. The London-based duo have delivered another slice of grunge-pop glory alongside the news they’ll be releasing their debut EP Pop The Bubble in September.

Produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds/Grinderman), ‘Sugar Free’ is a song about “the use-and-throwaway society around us today, how superficial people’s lives can be, and how rapidly people’s values and what’s on-trend can change”. Together, Jade (vocals & guitar) and Bel (drums & vocals) create songs that on a surface level seem sweet, but there’s serious bite beneath their sugary titles. The pair have been packing out venues around London because of this, and have caught the attention of Radio X & BBC Introducing too.

The Pop The Bubble EP marks the first time the band have worked with Sclavunos, whose production credits include The Horrors, The Wytches and Du Blonde. The record will be released via Mondo/Death Waltz on a limited edition multi-coloured and etched vinyl, as well as in digital format. The duo will celebrate their release at Rough Trade East with an in-store show on Monday 24th September.

Listen to ‘Sugar Free’ below and follow DOLLS on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit:Gabrielle Hall.

Kate Crudgington

WATCH: Queen Kwong – ‘Raptures’

A beguiling request to escape unwanted memories: Queen Kwong has shared visuals to accompany her latest track ‘Raptures’. Deemed “a portrayal of both her personal and creative freedom”, the video shows Queen Kwong (aka Carré Callaway) running in to the dark, before turning defiantly to face the lens.

Taken from her latest full length album Love Me To Death, the new video comes alongside the news that Queen Kwong will be supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on their tour dates throughout July, as well as playing a handful of headline shows in London, Brighton, Manchester & Leeds.

Following her impressive 2015 debut Get A Witness, Queen Kwong’s latest record Love Me To Death (released via Edison Sound) is a powerful collection of tracks that explore “mental health, vicious industry misogyny, self-discovery and casual nihilism”.

Watch the video for ‘Raptures’ below, and head down to London’s Rough Trade East on 27th July to buy a copy of the record and to get it signed by Callaway herself.

Follow Queen Kwong on Facebook for more updates.

Queen Kwong July Tour Dates 2018
Wed 25 UK, Brighton, Hope & Ruin
Thu 26 UK, London, The Forum w/ BRMC
Fri 27 London, Rough Trade In-store
Sat 28 UK, Nottingham, Rock City Club Night
Sun 29 UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Mon 30 UK, Glasgow, O2 Academy w/ BRMC
Tue 31 UK, Manchester, Night & Day Café

Kate Crudgington