They are the true soul of Punk going against the grain paving their own way. With attitude, sound, power, songs and spirit they are creating the new blueprint for future generations to walk upon. We welcome with open arms the return of Punk with Isis Queen (vocals), Pyn Doll (guitar), JayJay Doll (bass) and Krash Doll (drums)…
Photo by Bob Gruen
Interview Meikee Magnetic
You moved to Los Angeles upon being invited by legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, tell us about that moment when he contacted you and how it impacted your lives:
It has been one of the biggest impacts in our lives! Nothing would have come of it if we didn’t take the invitation and do whatever was possible to make the situation a reality. When Rodney invited us we were flat out broke with no jobs. We were just surfing everyday and playing music.
We would take the 9 hour boat ride from our the Island of Crete where we lived and play every Sunday at a bar in Athens. There was no scene, there was no opportunities for rock music let alone anything sung in English and not the mother language. So, we sold everything we owned: Surfboards, amps, our car etc… and bought a one way ticket to LA. We have slept on couches for a good half of our time in this band but every minute is worth it!
I LOVE everything about Barb Wire Dolls, I wanted to thank you for the integrity and honesty you put into your craft. Tell us some history about the band, the formation and the sound:
We formed an Artist Commune in the mountains of Crete called > The Ikarus < and that’s where the band was conceived. We have had many artists, musicians, film makers and authors stay at the commune so being around so much artistic expression is bound to rub off on you. Funny that in such hippie surroundings a punk band would emerge! That is the magic with being free minded. The crisis had just hit the year we left Crete so it had a lot to do with our music. We took the name Barb Wire Dolls as an homage to The New York Dolls. They literally broke down all misconceptions of what music, art and sexuality was in a time when it was really needed. We like to think that way about Barb Wire Dolls.
How has the tour been? What shows have been the best so far?
The tour has been going on for a few years now. We have played a staggering amount of 700 dates in 22 different countries and have circled the USA at least 5 times now. It’s incredible how everything starts looking the same even though the terrain changes and the language differences. It’s always exciting to go home to Greece whenever the tour carries us that way.
I admire that you carry the Punk torch high, it seems implanted deep within your souls. What was the inspiration behind your passion?
The whole first wave of punk that had started in the 70’s would be our main influence. Where being “Punk” meant you were different from everyone including the sound of the bands that were around you. It’s a shame that punk has attached itself to an actual genre and sound since it didn’t start out that way. That is probably why we confuse people because we definitely don’t follow any rules to our style.
Where do you see your place in the music industry today and what would you like to see changed in that industry?
I miss distortion and snottiness in music. Thankfully we have the underground to satisfy our thirst for authenticity.
Your clothing represents your sound, it’s the whole package of audio and visual. Isis Queen your launching a clothing line of one-of-kind hand-made/sewn street wear called “Isis Queen Designs”. When did you discover your passion for raw, edgy fashion and when can we expect to purchase your designs?
It started with needing merchandise to sell at shows. We are always on the road so ordering shirts and having an address to send them to can get tricky. Also we wouldn’t have enough money to get say 100 shirts so I would go to the second hand store if we passed one on the way to the next gig and spray paint our logo on them. I eventually got really good with spray paints and I would buy worker shirts, then jackets, now I’m even doing bags and shorts! Whatever I can get my hands on, that is the beauty of punk. Had we been in a different style of music the fans probably wouldn’t be so supportive in the DIY ethos.
As artists we wish to leave our stamp on the world, what would that entail for your group?
Freedom through the music. It is all about getting your music out there so that it can penetrate others and eventually it becomes theirs.
What do you love about LA?
Great weather! We surf when we don’t have shows. There is a music scene and the potentials in sounding however you want and looking however is endless.
What are some Barb Wire Doll lyrical topics you write about?
We write about what we know.
What future plans are in store for the band?
We are going on a U.S tour in September and October. We are making our way to Chicago where we will be playing > Riot Fest < then heading up, down and around the country. Our new album ‘Desperate’ will be coming out soon too.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Everyone is unique and everybody has something special about them. It’s all about finding the dark beauty and expressing it with full confidence. Then everybody will eventually take notice and be inspired to truly be themselves by your actions. Be the light so that the darkness can shine!!!