The Dollyrots - Claire Atkins

The Dollyrots brand new single was intended to be released at the start of a new tour, however not surprisingly that has now been postponed, however 'Make Me Hot' has been shared and their upbeat hook laden new wave/punk is once again wonderful. === Claire Atkins has just released 'Eternal Return' her debut E.P from which we have the title track where the singer songwriter serves up some heartfelt modern indie folk with a gorgeous musical backdrop.

The Dollyrots - Make Me Hot.

The Dollyrots have released a new 7’’ on cloudy clear splatter vinyl that includes a brand-new song “Make Me Hot,” with a B-side of Lisa Loeb’s 1994 Grammy nominated number-one hit “Stay,” with a Dollyrots twist. The 7” will be available on March 17 on Little Steven van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.

The bands 2019 album Daydream Explosion was deemed by NPR as a ‘Notable Release’ and Huffington Post called it “foot-stomping medley” as it debuted on three billboard charts.

Their 2017 album Whiplash Splash hit Heatseekers chart at #13 and on the Independent Albums chart at #31. The band’s 2016 live album/DVD Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles hit #15 on Heatseekers, while previous studio album Barefoot And Pregnant peaked at #7 on the same chart.


Claire Atkins - Eternal Return.

From the time we can talk we’re asked what we want to be when we grow up, and as we grow there’s huge pressure to find and follow a single passion. At age 46, Byron-based artist Claire Atkins has just released her debut EP Eternal Return, a body of work born of heartbreak and curiosity. With her training in fine arts, for the last 20 years Atkins has worked solidly as a studio artist, magazine editor, actor and creative producer, but it in the wake of significant loss, she says she hit a creative brick wall, and to her surprise discovered music.

‘I was dealing with a whole bunch of grief. My dad and two close friends died suddenly and in quick succession, and it paralysed me creatively speaking… Music kept suggesting itself to me, which was strange, because at the time I couldn’t play an instrument. I was quietly terrified by that, and so I started small with the uke,’ she said.

Within 12 months Atkins was writing and performing her own songs. Curious about the recording process, and with her teacher’s encouragement she sent her songs to producer and sound engineer Paul Pilsneniks (Angus & Julia Stone, Powderfinger, Silverchair) at Rockinghorse Studios in Byron Bay.

Pilsneniks says, ‘Hearing Claire’s demos I felt that these beautiful tunes would really shine with some additional instrumentation and production, and so we brought some amazing local artists to guest on the songs. We’ve ended up with a stunning debut EP, and I encourage any music-listening aficionado to keep an ear out for this body of work in early 2020,’ Atkins’s hometown region has taken up Pilsneniks's good advice with the album receiving significant media attention and high rotation on Byron’s BayFM.

The album’s title track is inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy of eternal return that proposes the universe and everything within it has been recurring and will continue to recur in the same pattern infinitely. While Atkins says reliving heartbreak is not an attractive prospect she’s also confident of music’s power to transform hardship into something unexpected, beautiful and healing.

’In a strange way, I’m grateful for life’s challenging times, and if it wasn’t for them I may never have strummed a chord or written a lyric. That difficult period drove me to music and it saved me,’ she said. Atkins’s unique vocal style has been likened to Natalie Merchant and Julia Stone, and her story-driven songs are supported by a stunning line-up of guest artists including legendary horn players John Hoffman and Martha Baartz, and guitarists Angie Hudson and Al Brooker.