GETTING INTO: Hopeless Records, As Chosen By Doll Skin

Credit: Megan Thompson

Arizonan punk rock quartet Doll Skin‘s latest record ‘Love Is Dead And We Killed Her’ showed that their metallic punk rock style with infectious power-pop influence puts them above their peers. Thankfully we now get the opportunity to catch it live as they join Hopeless Records mates Trash Boat on their September string of dates that promises to be an evening packed with attitude and melodies.

We caught up with the band who introduced us to Hopeless Records by collectively picking their 5 favourite records to be released by their labelmates.


THE WONDER YEARS – ‘NO CLOSER TO HEAVEN’


As chosen by Meghan Herring (Drums/Co-lead vocals)

The Wonder Years has such a gift for making really vulnerable music that also hits hard (and smart) instrumentally. This album is a perfect example of that. I think Daniel Campbell is a phenomenal lyricist and is able to convey unique situations with an emotional eye, especially when it comes to the topic of losing a loved one. Don’t even get me started on ‘Cigarettes & Saints’. I can’t listen to that song without crying.


TAKING BACK SUNDAY – ‘TIDAL WAVE’


As chosen by Meghan Herring (Drums/Co-lead vocals)

TBS has been a go to of mine ever since my early teens. They have a lot of albums, and every time they release a new one, I’m always in shock on how they STILL KILL IT on making music that is so uniquely them. ‘Tidal Wave’ has soul in it. Not just in the lyrics but in the music. This record has a sick sense of rhythm that I think is different from every previous record. Super smart and very mature. Dance-worthy as well! I remember the first time I heard ‘You Can’t Look Back’. They played it at their final Warped Tour set in California, and after the set I immediately searched Spotify to find the song. SO DAMN CATCHY.


TONIGHT ALIVE – ‘UNDERWORLD’


As chosen by Nicole Rich (Bass/Backing vocals)

Tonight Alive was one of the bands I watched daily on Warped Tour summer of 2018 and hearing songs from this album as thrilling to witness every day. Favourites from the album were ‘Disappear’ and ‘Temple’ and the instrumentals hit pretty hard. I really enjoy the topics TA explored in this album and took plenty of inspiration from it as we wrote our own.


ALL TIME LOW – ‘DON’T PANIC’


As chosen by Sydney Dolezal (Lead vocals/Rhythm guitar)

When I was younger, I couldn’t decide if I was going to be emo, scene, or a pop-punk kid, and coming out of my pop phase, All Time Low helped my bridge that gap into being an alternative kid. The album I found that caught my attention the most was ‘Don’t Panic’. The catchy chorus hooks and super boppy riffs were just always fun to dance around to with my younger sibling. Not to mention, the silly love songs were perfect for where I was at as a young hopeless romantic. In the years 2012/2013, I had a soundtrack of All Time Low and All Time Low only.


AVENGED SEVENFOLD – ‘WAKING THE FALLEN’


As chosen by Alex Snowden (Lead guitar/Backing vocals)

This record is such a staple in the Avenged catalogue. It’s a bit of a departure from what they’re doing today, but it all holds true to their core. They’ve been included in my top 3 favourite bands for as long as I can remember, so it’s especially inspiring to see their development from ‘Waking the Fallen’ to their later records. I think they’ve done so while maintaining a sick authenticity, but with so much diversity. They really have something that every kind of metal fan can hold on to.


Doll Skin‘s new album, ‘Love Is Dead And We Killed Her’, is out now through Hopeless Records.

You can order the album online from the band’s webstore (here), iTunes (here), Amazon (here), and Google Play (here).

The band are touring the UK in September with Trash Boat, Capstan, and Woes. You can find all of their forthcoming UK tour dates listed below.

SEPTEMBER 12 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 2
SEPTEMBER 13 – LONDON, O2 Islington Academy
SEPTEMBER 14 – LEEDS, Stylus
SEPTEMBER 15 – GLASGOW, G2

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook and Twitter.