Premiere: DOLLS Bring Post-Apocalyptic Nostalgia to “Pink Bones”

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UK-based duo DOLLS bring early 2000’s New York, Yeah Yeah Yeahs vibes to their gritty, nostalgic song “Pink Bones.”

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DOLLS are seductive, silly, and semi-psychedelic on their new track “Pink Bones.” The mid-paced pop-punk-tinged indie rock song sees Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ drummer Jim Sclavunos producing a colorful number. The UK two-piece set the pace with a grungy song that also brings about so much of the energy of early 2000’s indie rock. “Pink Bones” fits alongside many of the other gritty and energetic pop-punk bands like Diet Cig, Long Neck, and early Japandroids, but DOLLS also throw in some sensible nostalgia that helps set them apart.

Niagara, Viagra,
Flower Fucker Party thing
Picnic Brains,
that’s a question I think
Listen: “Pink Bones” – DOLLS

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Pink Bones,” the latest single off DOLLS’ upcoming Pop the Bubble EP (out September 21, 2018 via Mondo/Death Waltz). Jade Ellins and Bel Conde share vocal duties and create an entire sonic space with just their voices, Ellins’ guitar, and Conde’s drums. Despite the minimalism of their instrumentation, Conde’s extra-tight drumming, paired with Ellins’ quick shifting guitar parts, creates a wider dynamic making them sound more expansive than some of their two-piece contemporaries who don’t explore nearly the same amount of space as they do in under three minutes.

Pop the Bubble EP - DOLLS

Pop the Bubble EP – DOLLS

The band that comes to mind the most when listening to DOLLS is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The strict rhythms, massive amount of parts, and dirty glamor make DOLLS sound like they could be opening for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Mercury Lounge in 2003. Both Ellins and Conde’s vocals mesh together in such a way as to make “Pink Bones” sound like it could be Karen O a la Fever to Tell singing on it.

Good Weather,
Fake Leather
there’s ice cream on the walls
Dirty thinking,
as planets start to fall

“I believe this song is like one of those abstract paintings,” Bel Conde tells Atwood Magazine. “It can mean many different things to whoever listens to it, and we like keeping it that way. Otherwise it ruins how far your imagination can go! It was a song that came to life when Jade, Sam and I (Bel) got together at my house and started brainstorming and doing some paintings spontaneously. We wrote different concepts and words down, stirred them up and came up with a dystopian reality formed, partially, from past nightmares, candyfloss worlds and modern surrealism. The title ‘Pink Bones’ is actually a wordplay on the chorus line, ‘I’m nothing but pink hair and bones.'”

Cream soda, reloader,
buy it now in store

Outspoken, mouth broken,
no one listens anymore

Conde’s description of a “dystopian reality” brings up the post-apocalyptic scene of the day after a party. Whether they’re talking about Viagra, guns, or cream soda, their words are easily applicable to various scenarios. Even the chorus, “I’m nothing but pink hair and bones,” is a suitable description of a hangover.

“Pink Bones” is a fun and honest song. Bel Conde and Jade Ellins bring a minimalist approach not only to this track, but also to the entirety of their Pop the Bubble EP. It allows the listener to pin the picture they paint to whatever background works. Stream DOLLS’ latest single, exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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James is a writer, currently in Human Resources at The New York Times. Besides Atwood, he's contributed to SensationsPress.com and his own blog BurgerADay.com. In his free time, James also writes poetry, performs stand-up comedy, listens to more podcasts than he can keep up with, and can be found floating around shows in New York City's punk scene.