Lola Black: Plastic Dashboard Jesus CD review
Lola Black is a band that probably shouldn’t work at all. But realistically that’s one of the reasons they are so damn popular. Loud, vulgar, and loose punk-metal driven by a group of very talented musicians and fronted by the walking and screaming representative of the “it factor” Ms. Lola Black herself. Lola Black, the woman, can walk into a room of rock stars and everyone turns and takes note. I know. I have seen it. And the band itself is made up of Colorado and national badasses. Guitarist Paige O’Meara is from 8 Bucks Experiment, which besides playing with the biggest punk and hardcore bands over their 1,000 shows, was the band in the movie SLC Punk. On the other guitar and backup growls is one of Colorado’s brightest stars Chris Dellinger known for his front man spot in the ground breaking Blister66. Rounding out the band are the masters Mathew Hale on bass, James Rock on drums, and the girl with the ludicrous hair and talent to match Annie Mac on keyboards and programming.
The Lola Black CD Plastic Dashboard Jesus is eight songs of powerful female fronted punk rock with metal overtones that will make you push the “Time to Rock Out” button on your “Is Anybody Looking?” control panel. There is a reason Lola Black just won Westword Magazine’s Best Punk Band award at the 2010 awards 1 week ago. This is Colorado’s highest award and it all comes from the fans.
At the award ceremony I asked Ms. Lola Black about what they were going for with the CD, “It’s a rock your ass off, sing your ass off while you’re in the shower, and a good times music type of CD.”
Guitarist “Crispy” Chris Dellinger had this to say about Lola Black’s sound, “Lola Black is asshole rock. We are all a bunch of assholes and we like to rock out.” Which of course was followed by his signature eat shit grin, but yeah, that basically sums them up perfectly.
My favorite songs on the CD are Lines Between, Words We Say, and Stalker. Check out their tunes on all the usual websites and when they come to your town on tour be sure to go to the show. A Lola Black concert will remind you that punk should be dangerous, cool, and played with reckless abandon. Having talented hot chicks in the band doesn’t hurt either.