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5th July 2017

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Words: Steve Göldby, Pictures: Ash Phoenix

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Billed as "the band Lemmy signed", Barb Wire Dolls showed they are massively on the rise now, not just by pulling a seriously respectable crowd at Nambucca on Holloway Road, but also by putting on a show that made a huge impression on everyone who made the effort to show up.

There's is a highly professional and polished, yet it still retains the grit and grime associated with punk with frontlady Isis Queen every bit the snarling, energetic role model for a new generation of hard rockers.

Crescendo was reached when Isis took the stage to complete the line-up of the band who formed in Crete, Greece in 2010 and they simply powered through their set and took proceedings to a massive high.

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Isis had the audience mesmerised and in the palm of her hand from beginning to end and while there was little said between songs, as they pushed to get as many numbers into their time-restricted set, the music spoke loud and very clearly.

With pretty much the whole setlist taken from their 2012 album, 'Slit', and their latest offering, 'Desperate', Barb Wire Dols exceeded expectations with an untouchable headlining performance. Isis finally greeted the crowd after four numbers and the adulation left you in no doubt that here is a band, and an icon, destined for huge things.

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It's not a one-woman show however with all of the band contributing fully, bass player Iriel Blaque especially shining through here, providing the solid backbone to the songs whilst Pyn Doll laid out a razor sharp guitar riff.

The audience, most of whom were not familiar with the studio releases, really found their voices at the mid-way point while a group of headbangers appeared at the front as the band bounced around on stage.

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'Wild Child Diamonds' saw Queen climbing up the speaker stacks before sitting there for the rest of the number, despite the speakers wobbling precariously as she swayed from side to side whilst 'Revolution' brought things to an end as the audience were gifted one final chance to rage. There didn't seen to be anyone left standing still.

A wild and thoroughly entertaining performance from a band clearly on the up and if you don't believe what is written here, then never forget that Barb Wire Dolls have the ultimate rock'roll endorsement. Make sure you catch their next UK shows. You will not be disappointed.

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Destroyer Boy
I Wanna Know
Your Escape
Darby Crash
Take Me Home
Walking Dead
Devil's Full Moon
Blind To Your Misery
World on Fire
Wild Child Diamonds
Heart Attack

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'Desperate', the ten-song third album from Barb Wire Dolls contains gripping rock tracks, empowering anthems, and hard-edged thrashers, all performed with the classic punk rock energy the band has become internationally known for.

This band, now relocated to LA, cut through the genres to produced an urgent sound that is truly unique and their dynamic musicianship is blasted forth by a cohesive unit who are totally in control whilst retaining the vibrancy at the heart of the punk movement.

The band have melted ears and hearts on literally hundreds of stages across several countries in just under six years, consistently selling out wherever they go.

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After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing and now they are a huge part of the growing Motörhead Music stable.

Hailing from an artist commune on the island of Crete, Barb Wire Dolls, sold everything they owned and left crisis-ridden Greece in 2010 for Los Angeles, at the invite of legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. Upon their arrival in California, Barb Wire Dolls immediately sold out the world famous Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, boasting a live show that is second to none.

Apart from touring on their own name and playing main stages at major festivals around the world including Riot Fest (USA), Rebellion (UK), Mighty Sounds (CZ), Brincadeira (SP), Foud' Rock (FR), and Bochum Total (GER), Barb Wire Dolls have also co-headlined dates with GBH, Fear, Mike Watt, Sham 69, Discharge, Cockney Rejects, The Ataris, Murder Junkies, CJ Ramone, 999, Status Quo, Mushroomhead, and Candlebox, as well as playing direct tour support for Jello Biafra, NOFX, Descendents, Bouncing Souls, and Steel Panther.

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The album's title track starts gently enough with a prominent bass line that accompanies Isis Queen's vocals beautifully. The urgency that Krash Doll puts in to the high hat feels like an emerging panic attack and the whole song finishes in a crashing crescendo.

'Problem Of The Poet' is sung completely from the heart and in a genre where male vocalists are the norm, Isis Queen is determined to stay true to her own sex with no compromise, while 'Heart Attack' is the track that could take you back to the angry days of your youth. The wonderful Siouxsie Sioux would have been in her element singing this in some smoky 70s hovel.

But the last words go to Isis Queen herself:

"Motörhead is a huge influence on Barb Wire Dolls because they don't fit in any category, and that's where we want to be."

Track List
1. Drown
2. Surreal
3. Take Me Home
4. Heart Attack
5. Desperate
6. Blind To Your Misery
7. I Will Sail
8. Darby Crash
9. Problem Of The Poet
10. Rhythm Method

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Barb Wire Dolls are:
Isis Queen – Vocals
Pyn Doll – Guitar
Remmington Pearce – Guitar
Iriel Blaque – Bass Guitar
Krash Doll – Drums

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Several years ago, Motörhead (together with UDR Music) formed their own label called Motörhead Music.

Lemmy and the boys were concerned about where the support was for rock'n'roll bands trying to get a leg up, so they decided forming their own label would be the way to help.

They wanted bands to have access to everything they enjoyed, from production to studios to marketing to distribution, the full monty.

They even wanted their management, Singerman Entertainment, and their booking agents to be involved in helping talent get a chance to shine in the public eye.

In 2014, the band finally chose a few bands to support, with Lemmy insistent that Budderside and Others be on the inaugural Motörboat and that Barb Wire Dolls also receive the full support of Motörhead Music and its staff. Now all three will lead the charge for Motörhead Music in 2016.

This isn't some fancy, schmoozy bullshit vanity label, and it never was. This is Motörhead Music and it will continue to follow the mission statement as laid down by Lemmy and the boys.

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