100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 72: The Drolls

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is The Drolls.


To experience the world through the lens of the Seattle-based power-pop-punk trio, The Drolls, is to live in the eye of a dichotomous prism. Part irreverent prankster, part realist, the group offers an artistically-born grin to the universe of grim truths that exist all around. To step into their world is to rebel while acknowledging we’re all creeping toward the grave. To hear their music is to wrap your arms around a real-life dinosaur as the population hurtles toward a chosen and magnificent climate change extinction.

With a mastery of levity while looking you deep in the eye, The Drolls, comprised of the married duo, front person Denny Bartlett (formerly of Seattle’s Sicko) and bassist Julie D., and propelling drummer, Josh Rubin (also of Sicko), puts a rubber mask on the greyed drones bicycling toward their nine-to-five after the apocalypse. They are necessarily joyful when the world offers its best-selling bleakness.

While the members of the trio have a great deal of experience playing music in the Emerald City, The Drolls is a new project fueled by smiling subversively at the surreal and the socially-accepted alike. The band, which recently played Seattle’s inaugural Pop Punk Festival, is sharply in line with a lineage of local melodic, storytelling punk groups, from The Presidents of the United States of America to The Young Fresh Fellows. And while they have a few choice releases to date, The Drolls plan to release their debut LP in 2019 to longing, curious fans.

Today’s featured band delivers just about everything you could ask for from a band that leans heavily on the power pop side of the rock spectrum, with plenty of punk thrown into the mix to give it that desired added intensity. The silky smooth basslines and breakneck pacing of the drums keeping perfect meter provide a solid foundation for the catchy lyrics and bright, shiny guitar licks, resulting in a energetic and highly addictive sound. Check out the tracks they have up on Bandcamp and stay tuned for more from this promising northwest act.



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A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner. 

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