The aptly titled Down The Rabbit Hole is a collection of B-sides, rarities, covers, unreleased songs and alternate versions of well-known tracks, and considering this is the music that didn’t form the main thrust of their musical charge, it is incredible. In short, the songs that The Dollyrots have in their back pocket are, in many cases, vastly superior to most bands main sonic creations.

Theirs is that snarky, snarly, punk-pop hybrid, one that has served everyone from The Runaways to Transvision Vamp and through to more current acts such as Healthy Junkies and The Nearly Deads, so well. The music evokes images of foot-on-the-monitor stances and low-slung guitars, leather jackets and Day-Glo coloured hair, attitude and swagger, a place where bubble gum pop gets pumped with steroids and comes out fighting.

Vibration is a grooving gargantuan, a relentless rhythm driving the point home, Be My Leia is swings with infectious energy and Rebel Angel is brilliantly scuzzy and dances around on an old school rockabilly groove evoking images of The Cramps or perhaps The Gun Club. How cool is that? Very, that’s how cool.

It’s a great collection and with a March tour looming, there is no better time to acquaint yourself with their ultra-cool, effortlessly awesome, kick to the face sound. And as I say, if this is what they consider the B-list, imagine what the live shows are going to be like!

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