Childhood friends (now spouses) guitarists and vocalists Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas formed the Floridian-born band, The Dollyrots (originally named No Chef,) over a decade ago as a response to disillusionment with the Bush election in 2000. Having relocated to music capital Los Angeles and signing with punk legends Lookout Records, the band morphed through multiple percussion lineups and label switches (they wisely abandoned the financially troubled Lookout for Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records in 2006, finally foraging out on their own in 2010 via a widely successful Kickstarter campaign).
Their latest effort, “Barefoot and Pregnant,” recorded on their own label, Arrested Youth, while Kelly was expecting their first child, River, has received respectable ratings and has really resonated with their fiercely loyal fanbase.
Upon the wrap-up of their successful U.S. run and prior to heading over to Europe to tour with the likes of Buzzcocks, Kelly was good enough to spare Dying Scene a copious amount of her time to chat about old age, fan relations and vintage punk behavior. Her interview is below.