March 25-29, 2020 | Denton, Texas, USA
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Mydolls

For over 40 years, Mydolls has created and inspired art in the true spirit of the punk rock ethos: do it yourself and be yourself. These post-punk pioneers have been making relevant, timeless songs that inspire us to rise above and resist hate.

Mydolls is an experimental art-punk band which formed in 1978 in Houston. The lineup consists of Trish Herrera (guitars and vocals), Dianna Ray (bass and vocals), Linda Younger (guitar and vocals) and George Reyes (drums and vocals). One of Houston’s earliest punk bands, Mydolls created a D.I.Y. sound that is as ethereal, fluid and poetic as it is politically charged and feminist. As influencers in Houston’s contemporary art history, these pioneering musicians have paved a path for women and minorities in the music and arts scenes.

During the 1980s, Mydolls recorded several albums including the 12″ EP Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick on the indepdent, Houston-based label C.I.A. Records. Mydolls was featured on the iconic Seattle label Sub Pop’s #7 compilation cassette released in 1982 showcasing a diverse lineup of underground new wave artists. While in London, John Peel interviewed Linda about the Texas punk scene on BBC Radio and debuted Mydolls’ first 45 record, In Technicolor (CIA, 1980), to an international audience. Mydolls’ music also had an impact on internationally acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders, who cast the band in a cameo role performing the song “A World of Her Own” in the Cannes award-winning film PARIS, TEXAS (1984). In 2007, Mydolls’ anthology CD, A World of Her Own, was released by the label Grand Theft Audio. Houston Press inducted Mydolls into their inaugural Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Mydolls and the Houston punk scene were the focus of a 20HERTZ music-based lecture, performance and archive display at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 2016, and the SPEAKEASY experimental music and art program series at Lawndale Art Center in 2017, where they released a collectible edition of It’s Too Hot for Revolution. In February 2018, Mydolls released their latest single, “Easter,” as a political anthem to resist the hateful rhetoric and actions of the current administration.

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Mydolls (1978-present) is an American post-punk band from Houston whose relevant, timeless songs have inspired us to rise above and resist hate. The women-led group has been recognized by art institutions, such as Contemporary Art Museum Houston and Lawndale Art Center, and the Houston Press Music Hall of Fame for its 40-year advocacy of equality, female empowerment, and minority representation in the arts. Mydolls’ music was introduced to international audiences during an interview with John Peel on BBC Radio and during a cameo role in Wim Wenders’ classic, award-winning film PARIS, TEXAS (1984). As one of Houston’s earliest punk bands, Mydolls has created a D.I.Y. sound that is as ethereal, fluid and poetic as it is politically charged and feminist. For over 40 years, Mydolls has performed in the true spirit of the punk rock ethos: do it yourself and be yourself.

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