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DS Editorial & Show Review: Worldwide Street Generation (Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas & 57)

By Michael Sorensen

Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s what we’re taught as young future forward independent thinkers. However, on December 27th, 2014, I came across an online ad for a band called Barb Wire Dolls playing at the now defunct Blank Club in San Jose. Although not familiar with their music, their name suggested they don’t play smooth jazz and their look supported my suspicion that they may be brewing up my cup of tea.

What I witnessed that night was one of the most memorable live shows I can recall. This band didn’t aim to reinvent the wheel, but rather execute upon a blueprint laid out by one of their main influences – Darby Crash of The Germs. Play loud fast rock n’ roll music with bollocks, delivered with a dose of authenticity!

Hailing from the Greek island of Crete, the band was formed by singer Isis Queen and guitarist Pyn Doll. The band was born of the Ikarus Artist Commune, an elusive retreat in the mountains of Avdou. The commune, co-founded by Pyn, is a place where like-minded residents spend their time pursuing their artistic endeavors and surfing the legendary Cretan coast.

After crafting their sound while playing shows in their native Greece, Barb Wire Dolls were discovered by KROQ host Rodney Bingenheimer – who’s also responsible for discovering such relatively unknown bands as Sex Pistols, Guns N’ Roses, and Nirvana. It’s safe to say that Rodney’s attention casts a bright light. The Barb Wire Dolls did what many have done before – sold their belongings and embarked on a pilgrimage to Hollywood. Their journey, however, was a bit longer than the American bands before them. In December of 2010, the Dolls made history by becoming the first Greek band to play in America, and oh by the way it was a sold out show at The Roxy.

The band capitalized on this debut by touring relentlessly, playing over 300 shows between 2012 and 2013! Their omnipresent tour-de-rock eventually led to the eternal godfather of loud fast music, our rock n roll warlord Lemmy Kilmister, who upon hearing the Dolls personally signed them to his newly created label. With a new home at Motorhead Music, they continue to tour, record, and surf all over the world.

The first time I met the people behind this sonic rock n’ roll force was Super Bowl Sunday in February of 2015. The Barb Wire Dolls had announced a secret show in their practice space at KOOS Studio in San Pedro, and I just happened to be in Southern California for work anyway. I showed up at the studio and watched the Barb Wire Dolls deliver another epic frenzied performance to about a dozen people, most of whom I assume were from other bands and just happened to be in the studio practicing. After the set I introduced myself to Isis, Pyn, and drummer Krash. This was before Lemmy had caught wind of them and they were talking about shopping their record around to labels, looking for the right fit. In true DIY fashion, Isis hooked me up with a hand-numbered, white label copy of their unreleased album – complete with lipstick on the sleeve. We talked about surfing spots, punk music, and their upcoming trip back home to Greece.

I would go on to see Barb Wire Dolls another 8 times over the next 2 years between the Bay Area, Hollywood, and Vegas. Each time they would attract new Street Generation converts and amass a larger global following. However, their work ethic, DIY roots, and humility are always intact. They are always available before and after the show to say hello, and they always remember old friends from the shows over the years.

That brings us to now. As the fates would have it, while I’m on a 2-month homecoming from Asia, the Barb Wire Dolls are back in San Francisco with one of the most incredible international lineups I’ve ever seen, including the Svetlanas from Russia and 57 from South Korea. As I arrived at the DNA Lounge, Pyn was leaning against the wall outside, coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Krash was in line at the next-door pizza place, carbing up for the show, while Isis Queen was upstairs reacquainting herself with old friends near the merch table (featuring items custom made by Isis herself).

Like the Dolls did before them, 57 are one of the first South Korean bands to tour the U.S., and oh my lord did they bring the noise! I may be dating myself here, but they are a rock duo similar in makeup to alternative ’90’s band Local H, featuring only guitar and drums. The similarities end there, and please don’t let their lack of band personnel dissuade you from thinking they aren’t an absolute sonic powerhouse. As soon as these two otherwise quiet and restrained individuals took the stage, they unleashed a barrage of frenzied guitars and chaotic drum-beats featuring constantly changing time signatures and effects. Their sound can best be described as if At The Drive ordered a Dillinger Escape Plan with a side of Lo-Fi garage goodness.

Next up was Svetlanas. Wanna know how you’ve earned your stripes in the punk scene? Well, being banned from your home country would certainly do it. Having been described as the most dangerous band in the world, Svetlanas certainly live up to the title by being labeled enemies of the state due to their confrontational brand of political dissent. Constantly on the road while in exile from their homeland, it’s safe to say they are certainly not here to sway the outcome of any election. Rather, they want to deliver their consistent message complete with a pair of middle fingers in the air. The band’s singer and primary energy source is the pint-sized Olga, but please don’t underestimate this agent of chaos. While the band is on stage, Olga is bouncing around across the entire venue. If you are within her sights, she will be up in your face screaming lyrics like “no hope no way” and “let’s get drunk”, accompanied by the intense stares of a woman possessed. You will not be comfortable while they are performing, but isn’t that what we all came here for?!

Finally, Isis Queen hit the stage and proclaimed, “We’re the Barb Wire Dolls and we play rock n’ roll.”. Truer words were never spoken! While they ripped through new cuts from their album Rub My Mind and staples like Revolution, they slowed it down for ballads like I Will Sail and Where Mountains Drink Wine. In addition to the core members, the current lineup includes bassist Iriel Blaque and a rhythm guitarist whose name I didn’t get. They are constantly expanding their sound and reaching new audiences the world over. I knew from the moment I heard them years ago that they would be an influential force in the live music scene for many years to come.

After their set, I caught up with Isis Queen, who remembered my white and red leather jacket. We briefly talked about NorCal surf spots, their new album, and my upcoming move to the Philippines. I attempted to lure the band there by mentioning the Pinoy surf jaunt Siargao.

So, there you have it. I just revealed one of the greatest kept secrets in music today – The Barb Wire Dolls. On a cold Tuesday night at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, myself and a couple dozen others witnessed one of the greatest international lineups the world has ever known. 57 was there. Svetlanas was there. Barb Wire Dolls was there. Blaq Dahlia from The Dwarves was there. Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedy’s fame was there. Were you there?!



Svetlanas contribute to compilation with cover of “Born To Be Wild”

Svetlanas, who are currently on tour in the US in support of the re-release of their “This Is Moscow Not LA” album, have contributed a distinctive cover of “Born To The Wild” to a compilation by Posh Boy Records.

You can listen to the track (and buy the album) on iTunes now.



Svetlanas announce US fall tour

The most dangerous band in the world Svetlanas have announced they will be touring the US this fall. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Their new album This is Moscow, Not LA was released earlier this year on Rad Girlfriend Records.



Svetlanas stream LP, release video for “Let’s Get Drunk”

Russian-Italian political punks Svetlanas are now streaming their full LP “This is Moscow, Not LA” off of Rad Girlfriend Records. 

Their last release was their previous full length album, “Naked Horse Rider” from Altercation Records.

The quartet have also premiered a new video for their track, “Let’s Get Drunk” with a guest feature from Nick Olivieri.

Check out the LP and video below



Svetlanas stream new song “Lose Control”

Everybody’s favorite Russian-Italian political punks, Svetlanas, are streaming the first song off their upcoming album This Is Moscow Not LA.

You can give “Lose Control” a listen below.

This Is Moscow Not LA will be released in the near future via Rad Girlfriend Records.  Svetlanas’ last album, 2015’s Naked Horse Rider, was released via Altercation Records.



Svetlanas announce new full-length, “This Is Moscow Not LA”

Everybody’s favorite Russian-Italian political punks, Svetlanas, have announced preliminary details of a brand-spankin’-new album. It’s called “This Is Moscow Not LA,” and it’s slated for release in the near future via Rad Girlfriend Records. There’s no formal release date or pre-order info for you yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

Svetlana’s last album, 2015’s “Naked Horse Rider,” was released via Altercation Records.



Altercation Records recaps Antisocial Campout with mini-documentary

Altercation Records hosted their first Antisocial Campout this past September, and now you can relive the weekend with the 9-minute documentary video below.

The event took place in East Durham, NY, and included bands, merch, comedy, and even a brunch at an upstate NY campground.  The video shows interviews with Paul Bearer of Sheer Terror, clips of performances, and interviews with attendees.  You can find out more info about the event here.



New Video: Svetlanas – “Go Fuck Yourself”

Everybody’s favorite Russian-Italian political punks, Svetlanas, are back with a brand new video. It’s for the track “Go Fuck Yourself,” and you can check it out below.

“Go Fuck Yourself” appears on Svetlana’s latest album, 2015’s “Naked Horse Rider,” which was released via Altercation Records.



Svetlanas and OC45 are currently touring

The most dangerous band in the world Svetlanas are currently on the road with Boston’s favorite sons OC45. The tour which kicked off a few days ago will run through early October.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.



Upstart Fest 2016 announces full lineup (Queers, Svetlanas, OC45, Jukebox Romantics, etc)

The full lineup, dates, venues, and poster for this year’s 6th annual Upstart Fest has been officially announced.

The Bands for this years annual punk tour will include: The Queers, Svetlanas, The Fantastic Plastics, OC45, and Kyle Trocolla for each and every date of the nine date tour which will be making stops in nine different cities between Washington DC and Portland Maine this year.

Other bands that will be playing the tour but only for a limited number of dates will be: The Jukebox Romantics, American Television, The Lost Riots, Menace To Sobriety, A Minor Revolution, Triple Deuce, Dr. Beardface And The Spaceman, The Split Seconds, Anarkitty, and Derek Rossi.

The tour kicks of in Brooklyn NY at Saint Vitus on Thursday September 22nd and ends in Portland ME at Geno’s Rock Club on Sunday October 2nd you can check in and keep track of what’s happening on the tours facebook page.



Upstart Fest 2016 anounces dates, cities, venues, and some bands (Queers, Svetlanas, etc)

The folks over at Upstart Industries have announced the dates, cities, venues and some of the bands on this years sixth annual Upstart Fest Tour which visits nine cities in the Northeast each September.

This years band are:

THE QUEERS, SVETLANAS, THE FANTASTIC PLASTICS, OC45, KYLE TROCOLLA, THE JUKEBOX ROMANTICS, CRY HAVOC!, AMERICAN TELEVISION, THE LOST RIOTS, TRIPLE DEUCE, THE SPLIT SECONDS, A MINOR REVOLUTION, PINK SOCK, MENACE TO SOBRIETY and DEREK ROSSI.

Check out the dates and locations below.



Upstart Industries announce punk rock weekender


The good people over at Upstart Industries, The ones responsible for Upstart Punk Rock Radio, Upstart Fest and Upstart Magazine, are at it once again; This September 9th and 10th they will be holding an all punk weekender that they’ve named the UPSTART ANTISOCIAL CAMPOUT …This event will be held at an old resort in East Durham NY featuring over 30 Punk, Hardcore and Ska bands, comedians, vendors, and even a haunted house…bands will include Sheer Terror, Svetlanas, Big D And The Kids Table, The Dead Boy’s Cheetah Chrome, Mephiskaphiles, Two Fisted Law, New Red Scare, American Pinup and many  more…Bands will play all day and all night…this show is all ages and kids under 12 are free!

Attendees may book a room for the weekend at the Blackthorne Resort 518-634-2541 Campsites are also available and campers are welcome.

Tickets are only $20 in Advance for the whole weekend and are available at brownpapertickets.com.

A full list of the acts can be viewed below.



Svetlanas and Dwarves announce 7″ split

Russian-Italian punk rockers Svetlanas and Chicago punk rock legends The Dwarves have announced they will be teaming up to deliver a brand new 7″ split.

The split will feature one song from each band, and will be released on March 11 via Altercation Records. You can pre-order it here.



Svetlanas announce 2016 US tour

Russian-Italian punk rockers Svetlanas will take over this coming March for their official 2016 US tour. The band will be doing a special 11-date run, including a stop at this year’s SXSW.

You can see a full list of dates and locations below.

Their last release includes a full length titled Naked Horse Rider, which was released last May via Altercation Records.



Altercation Records announce SXSW Altercation Punk Rock BBQ 2016

Altercation Records have announced this year’s annual SXSW Punk Rock BBQ. This year’s BBQ features Svetlanas, The Fantastic Plastics, Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys, The Grizzly Band, and more, and will be held Saturday, March 19th.

Check out the flyer with the full lineup below.