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Greek punk rockers escape economic crisis to make music
There are not too many female-fronted punk rock bands from Crete touring the UK at the moment so this is a good time to see Barb Wire Dolls in concert.
The fivesome, who weave grunge and metal around their punk riffs, play Birmingham's O2 Academy on October 18, 2016, as part of a tour to promote new album, Desperate.
Hailing from an artist commune on the Greek island of Crete, Barb Wire Dolls sold everything they owned and left crisis-ridden Greece for Los Angeles in 2010, at the invite of legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. Upon their arrival in California, they sold out the world famous Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. They have since performed on 700 stages across 22 countries.
Fronted by Isis Queen, the band impressed Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister so much he signed them to his record label.
The group's dynamic musicianship is blasted forth by former pro surfer and skateboarder Pyn Doll on lead guitar, Krash Doll on drums, Iriel Blaque on bass, and Remmington on rhythm guitar.
In 2012, the band encamped at producer Steve Albini's recording studio to make their debut album, Slit, over just two days. Their ten-track follow-up, Desperate, was recorded at Sonic Ranch and NRG and produced and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Jay Baumgardner who is known for his work with Bush, Evanescence and Lacuna Coil.
Apart from touring as headliners Barb Wire Dolls have played main stages at major festivals including Riot Fest, Rebellion, Mighty Sounds, Brincadeira, Foud' Rock and Bochum Total. They have co-headlined with GBH, Fear, Mike Watt, Sham 69, Discharge, Cockney Rejects, The Ataris, Murder Junkies, CJ Ramone, 999, Status Quo, Mushroomhead, and Candlebox, as well as supporting Jello Biafra, NOFX, Descendents, Bouncing Souls, and Steel Panther.
Barb Wire 2016 UK Tour dates:
Oct 12: Camden Assembly, London; Oct 14: Temple Of Boom, Leeds; Oct 15: Bannermans, Edinburgh; Oct 16: Stereo, Glasgow; Oct 17: Krazyhouse, Liverpool;
Oct 18: O2 Academy 3, Birmingham.