Barb Wire Dolls - Rub My Mind album review

Lemmy-approved rockers return with fourth album

Cover art for Barb Wire Dolls - Rub My Mind

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Lemmy discovered Barb Wire Dolls when they were playing at LA’s Whisky A Go Go, and promptly signed them to Motörhead’s own label. And while Rub My Mind never quite makes its mark, you can understand why the much missed old rogue loved them – theirs is no-nonsense melodic rock like mama used to make.

Frontwoman Isis Queen has bags of attitude and smoky vocals to match, stretching from a sultry croon on Fire To Burn to grungy grit on Call Me. It’s raw enough to retain a punk edge, and while the songs themselves are only as memorable as their run time, and have a tendency to meander aimlessly until they peter out, the frontwoman’s charisma just about keeps them afloat.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.