Greece’s Barb Wire Dolls are ready to take on the world and take their music to the masses on the Vans Warped Tour’s Skullcandy stage.
“We’re gonna wake up the youth and introduce to them what real rock ‘n’ roll is,” frontwoman Isis Queen said in an email interview with the Journal. “They’ve been brainwashed into listening to crap music on the radio for a decade, so get ready for a wild ride into the future of music!”
The band’s originality and realness are forcing fans and the music industry to take notice of something truthful and raw when it comes to its grunge punk rock.
“People need real music that is loud and snotty just like they are,” Queen said. “People have emotions that need to be expressed, and we have the new soundtrack for their lives.”
The band takes a que from its audiences when it comes to its music.
“We all are untrained musicians, and only as a unit are we truly powerful and creative,” Queen said. “Our inspiration comes directly from the people we meet at shows, and we are all one, so why not act like it? In unity there is power, in power there is change, and with change comes freedom. That’s what we’re all searching for in the end!”
Rock legend and Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister gave Barb Wire Dolls the biggest stamp of approval before his death in 2015. Other than Motörhead, Barb Wire Dolls was the first to be signed to his label, Motörhead Music.
“It totally changed everything!” Queen said. “Lemmy is rock ‘n’ roll and he’s seen thousands of bands in his five decade long career, so for him to see us live and tell us we’re the next generation, that’s mind blowing. He was disgusted with the current state of music, as we were too, and for him to sign us to his label, and to be the very first non Motörhead release, it’s the highest accolade and achievement any real rock band could ever dream of. If Lemmy approves your band, that’s the zenith.”
The band’s album “Desperate,” released by Motörhead Music in 2016, continues to garner acclaim. The band will release its new album “Rub My Mind” on July 7. It was recorded in the legendary studio in Joshua Tree, Calif., where Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters and others have made albums, according to Queen.
Kilmister’s words of wisdom still resonate with the band.
“No compromising,” Queen said Kilmister told the band. “Have principles. Stick to your guns. Share whatever you have. Don’t change for anyone or anything. Be true to yourself and your music. Always give 100 percent at every show. Words by Lemmy still echo in my brain coming from his authoritative lovely mouth.”
Vans Warped Tour
WHEN AND WHERE: 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, Albuquerque; 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at New Mexico State University Intramural Field, South Locust and Wells, Las Cruces.