The Dollybyrds formed from the reminants of PBR Street Gang who had relative success when signed to Belfast's Good Vibrations label.
The band were : Crooksy on guitar and vocals, Shane on bass, Alan on guitar and Matty on drums.
They formed in 2008 to play some shows and record some tunes, not for money not for fame, just for SPITE. Their brand of ragged, arsed, punky rock,n,roll was a breath of fresh air to the very stale Belfast music scene at the time. Punk Rawk with pop sensibilities.
The first ever release on Time To Be Proud Records was "No 21" by The Dollybyrds which was received well by the critics as well as reasonable sales but like many bands before them they exploded onto the scene only to implode in a short period of time.
A great band live and a talented singer songwriter in Crooksy.
The Dollybyrds "The Dollybyrds"
This debut EP from East Belfast's Dollybyrds has been out for a while now but no harm in giving it a wee bump here.The 4 songs presented on the CD offer a marked change from the SLF/Clash vibe from the bands early days.
The band now employing a more modern American pop-punk sound although at times they remind me of 90's bands such as Pseudo Hippies and Destination Venus.
Fast paced pop-punk with an instantly recognisable intro and catchy as **** chorus. More of the same on the bands theme tune "Dollybyrds Are Go" and the final track "Go Go Goal".
Al in all, an excellent debut and a nice little taster of what the Dollybyrds have to offer.
Number 21 is the most recent offering from the band and the first release on the new Belfast label Time To Be Proud.
Number 21 is a fine slab of guitar driven pop influenced punk now devoid of the Americanisms's of the first EP.
The follow up track "Get Over It" is a more bluesy/rock influenced tune reminding me a little of Crooksy's earlier band PBR Streetgang (no bad thing).
The final track "Broken Doll" is a real slow burning ballady type - like Jesus And The Marychain without the feedback!
On this evidence The Dollybyrds are definetly a band to look out for.