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Barb Wire Dolls cut third album, join 2017 Vans Warped Tour

Roy Braatz

Barb Wire Dolls had a hard time getting word out about their life-affirming punk rock aesthetic. But when two of the ears you manage to reach belong to late great Motorhead bassist Lemmy Kilmister, you’re doing something right.

Having issued a pair of EPs and a single indie album before signing with Lemmy’s homebrew label in 2016, the Dolls proceeded to take the world by storm on tour with GBH, The Ataris, NOFX, The Decendents, and Steel Panther. They played RIOT Fest and Waken Open Air, enjoyed residencies at The Viper Room, The Whisky a Go-Go, and The Roxy on L.A.’s Sunset Strip.

Now Barb Wire Dolls are pushing their latest masterpiece, Rub My Mind (July 7), with multiple dates on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.

Rub My Mind was recorded at the legendary desert studio Rancho De La Luna (Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age) in Joshua Tree, California with producer Jay Baumgardner (John Fogerty, Bush, Evanescence)—who encouraged singer Isis Queen and the Greek-bred gang of benevolent misfits to build upon the sonic foundations of 2013’s Slit and 2016’s Desperate.

But Isis Queen’s biggest inspiration came from an unlikely source: Having fought a teenage battle with self-worth and other dark ideologies, the vampy vocalist worked hard to imbue fresh anthems like “If I Fall,” “Edge of Innocence,” and “Fade Away” with hope and positivity.

Isis knew she’d succeeded when she met a 15-year old fan who said the Barb Wire Dolls’ music helped rekindle her spirits.

The band had Isis’ back, too: Guitarist (and pro surfer / skateboarder) Pyn Doll, bassist Iriel Blaque, drummer Krash Doll, and rhythm guitarist Remmington Pearce lent their instrumental skills to the cause, refining Rub until the album became one big, in-your-face manifesto of empowerment.

Catch the Rub now…and check out the Dolls at Vans Warped Tour.

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