Today, I watched the unreleased music video for DOROTHY‘s latest single “Raise Hell”, without knowing who they were, and was loving their energetic, hard rock sound. I then learned that they are the band behind the bluesy-rock song “Wicked Ones“, which I’ve heard several times in a Levi’s commercial. It’s always good to put a face to a name, especially when they’re faces of wickedly talented people.
DOROTHY is a 4-person rock group from Los Angeles, California, made up of lead-singer Dorothy Martin, drummer Zac Morris, guitarist Mark Jackson, and bassist Gregg Cash. On September 11th, 2015, they released their self-titled debut EP, which introduced the world to 5 original songs. I’m gonna talk about a couple of my favorites: “Wicked Ones”, “After Midnight”, and their latest single “Raise Hell”.
“Wicked Ones” is propelled by a buzzing, foot-stomping bassline, a wicked guitar break, and “ahh-ahh-ahhh” backup vocals, and it finds Dorothy’s revved-up vocals singing an anthem for the night owls, whether you’re up all night partying and having a good time, or working your ass off. You are the wicked ones.
Although “After Midnight” is the first song on the EP, I think this should come right after “Wicked Ones”, because it was a dope transition when I was listening to the songs. Then again, it is a killer opening track on the EP that will make you WANT to do bad things, if you aren’t already doing so when listening to this song. Dorothy’s powerful rock vocals soar over a filthy, revved-up bassline, hard-hitting drums, and handclaps, while she offers up her soul for one more night of debauchery. The chorus is hot, and there’s a fiery, metal-like break from the guitar towards the end that really tips me over the edge, too. “Nothing good comes after midnight // Ain’t no good love comes from pain (whoa, whoa) // Nothing good comes after midnight // When you play the devil’s game!”
“Raise Hell” is the newest single, and the first song that I truly heard by the band today. As I nod my head and thrust my upper body in sync with the tough beat, I’m moved by the catchy rhythm of the bluesy guitar, pounding drums, and handclapping that sounds like it’s from a crowd behind them. In combination with the band, Dorothy’s tough, punk rock vocals and non-conformity lyrics, this song brings out the bad-ass, free spirit in all of us! “Young blood, heaven need a sinner // You can’t raise hell with a saint // Young blood, came to start a riot // Don’t care what your old man say // Young blood, heaven hate a sinner // But we’re gonna raise hell anyway// Raise hell, raise hell // Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell.”
DOROTHY described the song as “a battle cry to the masses to break the reigns society imposes on us, and to fuel each of our own unique, burning passions. Itâ€™s an ode to non-conformity, to the punk mentality, to the brave.â€
I should say that these songs should be listened to on decent speakers and at a high enough volume for you to feel it in your gut, and really rock the eff out. These are only a handful of their songs, so check a few more on their Soundcloud link listed at the bottom or go straight to iTunes to purchase their EP. Watch a couple music videos here, and look out for the one for “Raise Hell”, because it’s pretty wild!