our friends in DOLLTITS recently released the first of two EPS entitled VALLEY OF THE DOLLTITS which is available on all streaming services. the new material is very much in keeping with past material in that they provide intelligent, often eviscerating lyrics dealing with caustic themes such as INSECURITY, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, TOXIC MASCULINITY (and CATS!). sung with sweet, lilting melodies, these songs are buttressed by odd instrumentation, often ukulele and auto-harp that switch between both THERINA and MAGIE.
these songs feel more filled out sonically with more prominent bass and drumming which helps provide a counterpoint to THERINA's megavoice. this new direction was showcased at their recent RELEASE PARTY at SEARCH PARTY STUDIO which found them rounded out by bass/backup vocals (EMMY TASTIC), drums (MIKE HELL GAMBINO), and a very theremin-like saw played by BRIAN MCGOWAN.
i really enjoyed this batch of new songs and can't wait to hear where they are going next with their sound on the next EP.
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watch the latest streaming episode HERE of MAKE HER SPACE as JEN interviews musician/composer/singer-songwriter/playwright THERINA BELLA of DOLLTITS about her upcoming projects including a new EP and a play(!) called PARACOSM that will be premiering NOVEMBER 22 & 23rd at the LITTLE VICTORY THEATRE.
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a little less than two years ago LJ and I directed a green-screen video for our friends, the feminist acoustic duo DOLLTITS (THERINA BELLA & MAGIE SERPICA) for their stridently political song "Locker Room Talk." looking back on it now it is still one of my favorite videos that i edited, even though my skills have vastly improved since then. i say that disregarding the fact that it got a WRITE-UP in the NEW YORK TIMES by music critic JON CARAMANICA.
i'm proud that in this day and age where it is easy to feel not empowered and totally helpless to world events, that i was involved in a creative work that said FUCK YOU TO DONALD TRUMP. still makes me smile.
the lyrics for this song are ingenious, as songwriter BELLA used TRUMP's own words against him, cleverly re-framing his unaltered tweets and public statements. i have to say now that we are in the back-half of his (hopefully) first term that this song has aged just fine. his misogyny, racism and pigheadedness is just as prominent and corrosive to the fabric of american life as it was when he got elected, no doubt even more so in the wake of PUERTO RICO, CHARLOTTESVILLE, THE MUSLIM BAN, STACKING OF FEDERAL JUDGES, GUTTING OF THE US INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS, COZYING UP TO FOREIGN DICTATORS and countless other corrupt infractions that have permanently stained the reputation of our troubled nation.
so yeah, i'm still proud of this video. especially that toilet paper basketball shot sequence at the end. i came up with it, oh well, but i still think its brilliant.