The Dollyrots sign to Blackheart Records

Music News | By on Dec 16th, 2006

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BANDS SOPHOMORE RELEASE “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME” TO STREET IN MARCH 6, 2007

The Dollyrots– Kelly Ogden (bass/vocals), Luis Cabezas (guitar) and Chris Black (drums) are poised to strike again with their sophomore, full-length CD, Because I’m Awesome to be release on Blackheart Records in March 07. Recorded over the past year with producers Jacques Wait (The Soviettes) and John Fields (who produced the band’s debut), Because I’m Awesome promises to pack a potent punch from start to finish, broadening the Dollyrots’ scope, in both message and music.

Founded by longtime friends Ogden and Cabezas, whose relationship stems back to their eighth-grade Florida middle school days, the Dollyrots assembled as a fun, diversionary tactic while the pair pressed to wrap their biology degrees. Ogden had just learned to play the guitar and Cabezas, a classically-trained pianist, had just left his band. Ogden and Cabezas graduated college and a few months later, the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida ensued convincing these musicians that the stage was mightier than the lab.

“We were watching the 2000 presidential election results, and at four o’clock in the morning, when we found out that George W. Bush had won, Luis and I were like, The world’s probably gonna end anyway, and I don’t want to go to med school,’ so we thought, Let’s just do the band,'”

With the microscopes unplugged and the microphones plugged in, Ogden and Cabezas decided it was time to relocate and in January 2002, they decided the City of Angels would become their new home. “It was terrifying and awesome,” Ogden says of the band’s earlier days. “But we found a place that had everything we needed record labels, venues, other bands. It seemed like the right place.”

It was also the right time the Dollyrots had assembled its debut, Eat My Heart Out, and self-released the album to rampant success which led to the band getting picked up by Lookout!/Panic Button Records, which re-released Eat My Heart Out in 2004. Raising the band’s stage profile came with a slot on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, performing alongside a slew of punk acts for six weeks on the Kevin Says and Shira stages throughout the U.S. The tour was important for the Dollyrots in that it allowed them to connect with Warped 06’s VIP woman, Joan Jett.

Jett took a liking to the Dollyrots and offered to add the band to the roster of her label, Blackheart Records. Excited about their new found home at Blackheart Records the band is revitalized and road-tightened.

“Blackheart Records is thrilled to release The Dollyrots, as soon as we heard them, we knew they were a perfect fit for Blackheart.”
–Blackheart Records

Blackheart Records, started by the queen of Punk and Roll, Joan Jett, and her long time song writing partner and producer, Kenny Laguna, is a label run on artist integrity from an artist perspective. From the inception of Blackheart, over 25 years ago, the label has been run with one thing in mind, to get great music out into the world no matter what the obstacles may be. Blackheart Records is more active then ever with three upcoming releases, this spring.

“Joan Jett paved the way for bands like us and we’re so excited to join the Blackheart Family…she, Kenny, and everyone at Blackheart have embraced our music & believe in us BECAUSE THEY’RE AWESOME!”

–The Dollyrots