Barb Wire Dolls is a Los Angeles, CA, USA, punk band, founded 2010 in Crete, Greece.
"I like the comfort in knowing that women are the only future in rock 'n' roll." - Kurt Cobain
Barb Wire Dolls came charging out of crisis-ridden Greece in late 2010 when they left their home at an artist commune on the island of Crete and transplanted themselves in Los Angeles upon being invited by legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingeneheimer. Since arriving to the U.S., and most notably selling out their very first concert at Hollywood's Roxy Theatre, Barb Wire Dolls have been on a whirlwind-of-a-ride, performing on over seven hundred stages across twenty two countries after being called "the most important punk invasion to the U.S. since the Sex Pistols.”
Barb Wire Dolls, fronted by the charismatic Isis Queen (vocals), with ex-professional surfer and skateboarder Pyn Doll (guitar), JayJay Doll (bass), and Krash Doll (drums), have been compared to bands such as L7, Blondie and Nirvana and described as "a fiery, raging punk band with '90s grunge and metal flourishes.”
In late 2012, Barb Wire Dolls went to Nirvana noise-guru Steve Albini’s recording studio and produced 'Slit', the critic-proclaimed ”best punk album in twenty years.” 'Slit' with its chart topping hit single, the lyrical and sonic brutal masterpiece "Revolution", gave the band enough momentum to headline festivals in twelve countries and to sell out club dates across America, the UK, and Europe.
The Chicago Sun-Times said "Barb Wire Dolls could definitely start a revolution," while Music Entertainment magazine said "Barb Wire Dolls are the new face of Punk. Punk’s not dead…not as long as Barb Wire Dolls have breath.” East Portland Music wrote "Barb Wire Dolls are pure, raw, in your face energy…their live performance was nothing short of amazing…a force to be reckoned with," while Metal Assault said "Barb Wire Dolls have emerged as the new voice of real punk rock…with their mesmerizing, spellbinding exhibition of attitude-laden, high-octane punk rock."
Few female-fronted rock bands in history have had a more immediate and tangible impact on their contemporary musical landscape than Barb Wire Dolls, and that's why members of rock icons from the Sex Pistols, Guns N' Roses, Sonic Youth, Blondie, and countless others have come to the band's performances; punk pioneers Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy's), NoFX, Descendents, Bouncing Souls, and Dead Men Walking asked the band personally to play on their tours. Quickly receiving high billing status on the international touring circuit, Barb Wire Dolls also co-headlined dates with punk pioneers GBH, Fear, Sham 69, Discharge, Cockney Rejects, Murder Junkies, CJ Ramone, 999, and rock/metal bands Status Quo, Mushroomhead, and Candlebox.
With a sense of urgency and with sheer emotive power on stage, Barb Wire Dolls have exciting plans for the near future: they are out to smash the misconceptions and rules about women in rock and the "riot grrrl" movement with their highly-anticipated sophomore studio album 'Desperate,' out soon.
What people have said about Barb Wire Dolls:
“Every few years or so a band comes along that changes the music landscape. They are different from the other bands that are out there. They bring something new and exciting to an otherwise generic music scene that the public has grown tired of. The Beatles did this, The Sex Pistols did this, Guns N’ Roses did this, Nirvana did this. But for the past 20 years no band has been able to stand out from their predecessors. No band has been able to re-ignite the music scene, to bring back the energy it once had….that is until now. With their sound, their look and their attitude, Barb Wire Dolls are going to do what no band has been able to do within the last two decades…take the music industry by storm” - Sugarbuzz Magazine
"Barb Wire Dolls are sensational!" - Captain Sensible/The Damned
"Barb Wire Dolls live the spirit of Rock & Roll!" - Bob Gruen/legendary rock photographer
"I was in shock and awe after watching the living spirit of rock 'n' roll embody itself through Pyn's guitar and Isis's performance and voice…Isis has the most incredible voice. I swear the purity of her voice vibrated my entire body. They embody the true spirit of punk….they are the real deal."- Tom Zutaut/A&R mogul (Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, X)
"Barb Wire Dolls are the most explosive and exciting new punk band I've seen in decades!" - Mickey Leigh/brother and author of "I Slept With Joey Ramone"
"Barb Wire Dolls are the soul of true punk rock." - Stephen DePace/Flipper
"In recent times it has seemed that popular rock music has lost a bit of its attitude, bands seem a bit soft, carefully treading along a musical path whereas new punk sensation Barb Wire Dolls have seemed to tear the path apart, going against the grain, going against what is "Now", creating a new blueprint for the future of rock in the mainstream" - The Viper Room
"Barb Wire Dolls are kinda like a girl-fronted Green Day. They are gonna be HUGE!" - Michael McDermott/Bouncing Souls
"There is a buzz on the streets of LA, it’s loud, it’s nasty and it’s hitting the region like a tornado. The music they played is so refreshing and full of an energy the punk scene needs desperately" - Big Wheel magazine
"The Return Of Punk" - Guitar World magazine
"Isis Queen looks like 70’s-era Debbie Harry (of Blondie), but sounds more like New York punk icon Patti Smith, and Barb Wire Dolls sound like The Sex Pistols meet The Stooges playing at CBGB if the club was re-opened and moved to Seattle, WA, circa 1991." - Rock Chicks Rule
"This is exactly what the world needs now. A good girl-fronted punk band that rocks!" - Charlotte Cooper/The Subway
"Made me remember what punk rock was all about." - Fat Mike/NoFX
Barb Wire Dolls are: Isis Queen (vocals), Pyn Doll (guitar), Krash Doll (drums), JayJay Doll (bass)