Brighton based heavy rock trio THE ROCKET DOLLS are ready to ignite with the news they’ll release their full length new studio album ‘DeadHead’ on Friday the 6th April and take it on the road for UK live dates. Featuring just the right amount of melody with straight up hook laden driven riffs combined with curveballs when you least expect them, ‘DeadHead’ is a must hear album for 2018.
Recorded at London’s award winning British Grove Studios (David Gilmour, Razorlight, Mark Knopfler) ‘DeadHead’ was produced and mixed by Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Rob Chapman, Toska, Dorje). Relentless in their approach, The Rocket Dolls have taken the rock mould, smashed it, and then meticulously pieced it back together again to deliver a fresh contemporary collection of music that combines the best bits of heavy rock, grunge, punk, and pop smart sensibilities. It’s clear the band have spent time wisely crafting their second album, as it’s a monster.
The art work for ‘DeadHead’ was created by Sam Hayles at DOSEprod (Earthtone 9, Pitchshifter, Jayce Lewis) and serves as a poignant reminder to the meaning behind the forthcoming release. “Sam captured the essence of what our new album is about“, explains Nikki Smash (lead vocals and guitarist). “It’s a reflection on personal demons and modern day society; the split in the wolf (half animal / half machine) symbolises the transformation between good to bad and bad to good. It demonstrates not just the struggle of depression and anxiety that inflicts itself upon our society, but also the wolf in motion should be seen as a symbol of hope and the need to fight and overcome what’s wrong in our world.”
The Rocket Dolls are no strangers to the music scene, having shared stages with Funeral For A Friend, Grinspoon, Slaves To Gravity, Zico Chain, Rob Chapman & Dorje, Terrovision and more, plus slots at festivals like Hard Rock Hell, Teddy Rocks, and their music videos have been aired on Scuzz TV.
Nikki Smash talks about the new album:
“I wrote most of this record in a short space of time. It just started pouring out of me, the riffs, lyrics and melodies moulding the vibe of each song, and creating a monster of a dark, fighting, battle laden, anthemic rock album. It’s both a very personal album, but also a reflection on modern day society. We’re all incredibly proud of ‘DeadHead’, it’s our strongest collection of music to date and we can’t wait to share it with all our friends.”
1. None of This is Right
It’s a summary of my whole situation at the time, recovering from being ill and being addicted to prescription pain killers and the confusion of knowing what is happening and fighting yourself to stop.
2. She’s Starting Something Now
I was watching a documentary about ‘when people snap’ or ‘when people finally break’ and the theme of this episode that gripped me was about women who had been abused and had then later in life hunted down their abusers and tortured them! I became incredibly inspired about revenge being sweet.
Is just simply about my battles with depression, battle with drugs and prescription painkillers. After a particular heavy day, I hadn’t a clue where on earth I was, I was actually in a flat downstairs from my own and I couldn’t for the life of me get back to my own. The day after, I realised something had to change. I couldn’t carry on being that reckless, and this song is very much me wearing my heart on my sleeve.
The Rocket Dolls new album ‘DeadHead’ is out 6th April 2018.
1. None Of This Is Right
2. She’s Starting Something Now
4. She Said
5. The Last Thing On My Mind
6. Stop The Dead Men Crying
8. The Desperate
10. Rusty Bones
‘Deadhead’ UK Tour
6th April – SOUTHAMPTON, The Firehouse
7th April – WORTHING, Bar42
10th April – SHEFFIELD, West Street Live
11th April – NEWCASTLE, Trillians Rock Bar
12th April – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
13th April – GLOSSOP, The Globe
14th April – BIRMINGHAM, The Hammer & The Anvil
15th April – NORTHAMPTON, The King Billy Rock Bar
19th April – CARDIFF, Creature Sound
20th April – WEYMOUTH, Finns
21st April – LONDON, Dublin Castle
26th May – BRIGHTON, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar