The Dollyrots was started by childhood friends Kelly Ogden (bass/vocals) and Luis Cabezas (guitar/backing vox) in their native Florida. The pair relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 and have since released three full length albums (Eat My Heart Out, Because I’m Awesome, and A Little Messed Up) and several singles and EPs through the Lookout, Blackheart, and Brando record labels. In addition, The Dollyrots’ music has earned them song placements, commercials, and acting stints in film & TV including Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Hewlett-Packard, Kohls, CSI:NY, ABC Family’s Greek, Ugly Betty, Vampire Diaries, The Price is Right, Easy A, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Reaper, and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, among others.
The band has logged hundreds of thousands of miles in the U.S. touring consistently since 2003 while cultivating a rabidly loyal fan base. Tours have included headlining and one-off shows in the US & UK alongside Bowling For Soup, Buzzcocks, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Forever the Sickest Kids, Paramore, The Breeders, and The Go-Gos, among many more. The band has also done stints on Warped Tour for 7 years and worked with a number of well-known producers including John Fields (Andrew WK, Pink), Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Dixie Chicks), Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More), Linus of Hollywood (Bowling For Soup, Allstar Weekend), Sylvia Massy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool), and Neal Pogue (Outkast, Travis Barker).
For The Dollyrots, 2012 is gearing up to be their best year yet as they are set to release their fourth full length album, once again produced by John Fields. The album is in large part being funded by fans through a Kickstarter crowdsourcing project that quadrupled initial fundraising expectations. As singer/bassist Kelly Ogden puts it,
“Luis and I wrote the songs together, demo’d everything at home, picked the producer, picked the engineers, worked out all the parts for all instruments, picked the artist, photos, sequencing, manufacturing…everything just the two of us with some help from John to beef things up and rock some synths & percussion. It’s a 100% DIY album funded by our amazing fans and one we feel is by far our strongest effort to date. We’ve had a Spinal Tap number of drummers over our career so for this one things kind of came full circle…the two of us in a room making music just like back in high school.”
The resulting self-titled LP The Dollyrots is set for a September 18th, 2012 street date through Storefront Records/Sony RED, with US and UK tours to follow.