Saturday, April 21 / 10PM / Dan’s Silverleaf
For 40 years, Mydolls has been an independent band performing in the true spirit of the punk rock ethos: do it yourself and be yourself. These art punk pioneers have been making relevant, timeless songs that inspire us to rise above and resist hate.
Mydolls is a post-punk band from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1978 by guitarist/vocalist Trish Herrera, bassist/vocalist Dianna Ray, guitarist/vocalist Linda Younger and drummer/vocalist George Reyes. All four original members continue to perform today. As one of Houston’s earliest punk bands, Mydolls created a DIY sound that was as ethereal, experimental and poetic as it was politically charged and feminist. Throughout their 40-year 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 their 12″ EP Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick, on C.I.A. Records based in Houston. The band was included on the iconic Seattle label Sub Pop’s #7 compilation cassette released in 1982 featuring underground new wave artists. While in London, John Peel featured Mydolls on BBC Radio and debuted the band’s first 45, In Technicolor (CIA, 1980), to international audiences. Mydolls’ music also had an impact on internationally acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders, who featured the band in a cameo role while performing the song “A World of Her Own” in the Cannes award-winning film Paris, Texas (1984). In 2007, A World of Her Own, Mydolls’ complete anthology CD, was released by Grand Theft Audio. Mydolls were inducted into the Houston Press Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mydolls and the Houston punk scene were the focus of a 20HERTZ music-based lecture, performance and archive exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 2016. As part of the SPEAKEASY experimental music and art program series at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Mydolls released their latest EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, as a collectible red vinyl edition in March 2017. Revolution blends classic punk protest anthems such as “Politician” with poetry, including a rendition of Charles Bukowski’s “Fair Stand the Fields of France.” In February 2018, Mydolls released their political anthem, “Easter,” as a single on Bandcamp.
Follow Mydolls on Bandcamp: https://mydolls.bandcamp.com/