DOLL is in all its simplicity a rather catchy word. You will for sure remember it once you’ve seen it in the context of hardrock/metal/alt. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Is a four letter word enough to get people’s attention?
-We think so, it’s very simple which is a nice change from band names that are a sentence long now! It’s just getting ridiculous now-a-days and we wanted to bring that simplicity back which is very similar to our songwriting approach.
How would you like to describe the sound of DOLL? What makes your guys tick that little extra?
-We’re influenced by the 90s grunge sound with bands like Hole, L7, and Sonic Youth combined with the new wave of Hard Rock with bands like Halestorm and Die Mannequin. You’ll also find a pinch of metal riffs in there, and a sprinkle of punk, bring that to a boil and simmer, garnish with some space echo and crybaby wah, and you’ve got Doll.
The competition is fierce today. You no longer have to compete for attention just locally but thanks to social media globally. How do you make sure that you are the ones that get the attention?
-It’s true, you’re now competing for fan attention with bands from all over the world. You really have to do something different to stick out. I don’t think we necessarily try crazy things to get attention; you’re not going to see a sex tape anytime soon, but we really take the time to listen to our fans and we write back to every one of them. It’s about community now more than ever, people don’t only want to listen to your music, they want to feel a part of your band, whether that be through indie-videos, your social media posts and tweets, or you live show, there is a greater expectancy from bands now, if you want to make and keep a fanbase, you’ve got to stay connected.
When it comes to your sound. What has been the single most important factor in that you sound the way you do?
-We don’t do anything forced or fake, it’s just who we are. We’re not like ohh reggae is popular all of a sudden, let’s try that. We all have various influences from punk to pop to metal and all summed up, we’re Doll. The message has and always will be honesty, there’s enough bands out there who will do and say anything to sell a record, and that’s great, but we like to stay true to ourselves and that really has resonated well with a lot of people. We don’t want to look back when we’re 50 years old and be like what they hell were we thinking with this song / record / haircut.
Once you’ve found a style how hard is it to stick with it? What kind of temptations are there for you to change your sound just to get famous? How important is fame to you guys?
-I think it’s important to stick with a style but still having the opportunity to grow as an artist. No one wants to make the same album twice, but there is a fan expectancy to have a similar feel, I know when we bought “Load” from Metallica, it was a shock, I guess the writing was on the wall with the Black album, but they’ve since made an awesome comeback with Death Magnetic. Of course everyone would love to be famous or infamous but we don’t strive for it…if it was really our pursuit we’d be singing country ballads or dubstep.
Would you say that your sound is hard to record? How do you know that you’ll get exactly what you are after when you enter a studio?
-Yes and no. I think it’s hard to capture the grungey noise feel in the studio while having a good balance between a polished yet raw album. With “The Ragdoll Diaries” we recorded with Jason Jaknunas over the period of a year. This time we took our time and perfected each song. We did decide on a sound and went with it, focusing on a feeling we were able to come up with some many creative ideas to make the songs sound great. Every performance was about getting the best and truest version of each song, we didn’t want any filler or songs we weren’t really over the moon with. Everything we put on that album was 100% from the heart. Nobody wrote any of our lyrics or riffs, so what you’re getting is a honest rendition of Doll.
What would you say is a failure and how do you do the best to save it from becoming a total disaster?
-We try to learn from our mistakes to ensure we don’t make the same mistakes too often. We try to listen to our fans and critics without compromising who we are.
What kind of reactions have you had so far to your music? Can you already now see that you are doing better in certain places?
-So far the reaction has been great from our fans and from the media. We’ve gotten a great amount of positive reviews in magazines, blogs and local papers. We know that we appeal to fans of female fronted rock bands, which is great since we’re definitely fans of that too. It’s always great playing alongside like minded bands and that’s what we always look out for.
In terms of markets, we have fans all over the world but we’re getting a great reaction from Canada, USA, UK, Germany and Australia.
How much a live entity are you guys and what do you need to make it a great live experience?
-Our true passion is playing live. We love to let loose and just got nuts on stage and feed off the energy of the crow. There’s nothing better than a packed crowd with fans wearing your shirts and people going balls out in the pit, jumping on stage. It really validates what you’re doing. I think the energy really makes or breaks a great live experience and that’s what we strive for.
What lays in the future?
-We’ll be busy busy this summer! We have a tour coming up in May and June hitting up cities across Canada and the USA. Then in July we’ll be writing new material for a new ep we’re recording in August.