The Dollyrots - "Barefoot and Pregnant" | Music 2014 | SXSW
When The Dollyrots entered the studio in late 2013, the punk pair of Kelly Ogden [vocals, bass] and Luis Cabezas [guitar, vocals] brought someone else along for the ride. Ogden was actually pregnant with the couple's first child River throughout the entire process, making it unlike any recording experience they enjoyed this past decade. As a result, they tapped into something very special for their fifth full-length album, the aptly titled Barefoot And Pregnant [Arrested Youth/Hunnypot Records]. "Well, our goal for 2013 was to make a new record and have a baby," smiles the frontwoman. "We accomplished both. It's straightforward punk rock. We didn't overthink anything, and nobody was looking over our shoulders. The end result is an album that shows where Luis and I are at right now. It's honest. The album literally grew as my belly grew." That said, a raw vitality courses through each of the tracks. With production by the band and John Fields [Jimmy Eat World, Miley Cyrus, Andrew WK], The Dollyrots' signature spirit shines through in snappy guitar riffs, irresistible hooks, and punked-out percussion courtesy of none other than Stacy Jones. Despite bouts of morning sickness and exhaustion, Ogden would record vocals at home in a closet, capturing an intimacy like never before, while Cabezas took over the engineering duties himself. "It's a little rough around the edges in a good way," he explains. "It's playful, but it doesn't sound too computerized or digital. It nods to our influences. We really made it sound as vinyl-y as it could." That organic power comes through on the title track and first single. Kicking into a fast beat, it quickly morphs into a sly and sharp anthem. The writing even happened as the duo drove home from a Pixies concert in Los Angeles. "Kim from The Muffs was on bass, and I was not going to miss that," laughs Ogden. "After seeing her kill it that night I was inspired to write a funny punk song about being pregnant. The phrase Barefoot And Pregnant has some negative connotations though. It makes you think of fifties housewives who had no option other than to stay home barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. We feel totally the opposite about pregnancy. It's an F-U to the idea that when you have a kid your life is over and that's all women are good for. We're not afraid to flaunt parenthood and still rock."