Music Mondays: The Dollyrots, Desperate Journalist, and Aaron Sprinkle


The Dollyrots, Desperate Journalist, and Aaron Sprinkle

Welcome to another triple-treat week featuring The Dollyrots, Desperate Journalist, and Aaron Sprinkle. I could also call it two-word title week. I’m sure I can find other commonality, but let’s skip right to the music.

The Dollyrots: Whiplash Splash

The Dollyrots: Whiplash Splash

With musical genres continuously splintering, it’s difficult to classify artists and albums. Take The Dollyrots and their newest album, Whiplash Splash, for example. Do the artist and album fall into the alternative/indie category? Pop punk? Power pop? How about we just classify it as fun and move on? Most songs are so chock full of frenzy that you may feel like you’ve OD’d on espresso or energy drinks. One contrast to the fevered pace is the song Jump Start This Heart. It has an 80s power ballad feel a la Foreigner’s Waiting For A Girl Like You. I don’t know about you, but I consider playing in a band difficult enough. Now imagine having two kids with the other founding band member and trying to tour with your kids in tow. Kudos to Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas for trying to keep all that together and moving forward.

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Desperate Journalist: Grow Up

Desperate Journalist: Grow Up

Sticking with the punk theme (post-punk), London-based Desperate Journalist delivers their second album Grow Up. This album’s opening track, Hollow, kicks off with a grittier feel than Whiplash Splash above. Resolution follows it up with an intriguing The Cure meets The Cranberries meets A-HA sensibility. There’s a Cure vibe to much of the album actually. The correlation may be obvious to Cure fans as the band drew their name from a version of Grinding Halt (retitled as Desperate Journalist in Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation). That cleared it all up didn’t it? Nostalgia aside, this is a strong album – at times dark, other times driving, but always engaging.

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Aaron Sprinkle: Real Life

Aaron Sprinkle: Real Life

I have a confession with this third selection. Upon seeing the artist’s name, Aaron Sprinkle, and the album art, I thought it might be a Robin Sparkles mock-up. I’m sad-not-sad to say Real Life definitely isn’t. It does have some 80s-like synths, but the sound is much more up-to-date. Upon first listen, I wondered if Ben Gibbard had begun a new side project and I wasn’t aware. I can hear similarities to Ben Gibbard/The Postal Service. Perhaps it’s a simple coincidence – a byproduct of the Seattle music scene. Perhaps it’s something else altogether. The song/album structure is such a departure from the first two albums in the post. It stuck with me all weekend just sitting at the back of my head.

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