One Of My Favorite New Bands of 2016 , Meet – The Medicine Dolls


And this is , The Medicine Dolls. Take the time and read their answers and you will begin to understand why I dig this band. They combine sounds from different generations better than almost anyone I can recall , I put them right up there with one of my favorites, The Death Valley Girls. Combining the best of the CBGB years with The Libertines is quite a feat and you come away with something new that reminds me of the first time I saw an album by The New York Dolls , I bought that album having never listened to anything by them but the visual was enough to get me going and when I first saw a picture of The Medicine Show , I thought they were worth investigating and I’m glad I did. The vocals are off the chart cool and I love how they use backup vocals to highlight the whole thing. The beat is post something or the other filled with emotion and heavy attitude , this EP is total killer and no doubt if there is any justice behind the idea that true talent wins in the long run, The Medicine Show will prove that right.

Meet – The Medicine Dolls

For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

1) The band originally formed in February of this year,after myself and our bass player Bex Nicholas (Arabella) moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg to start a band with our dear friend, and massively talented guitar player,mr Cameron Munro.We met our Drummer Mr Anro Femurs,through a mutual friend and started mucking about at a local rehearsal studio.We called ourselves “The Nasty Narcotics” and played a handful of pretty cool gigs around Cape Town.After the departure of Cameron from the band…We changed our Name to “The Medicine Dolls” and have just released our Debut EP

Who would you list as your musical influence?

2) Off the top of my head i’d say…The Stooges,Talking Heads,The MC5,Nick Cave,The Beatles,The Sonics,The Libertines,The Velvet Underground…its really an endless list…but i think these kinda sum up the melting pot of sounds we get our inspiration from.

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

3) We ceased to be “Homeless”

What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
4) I guess we just hope to ride this wave of creativity for all its worth.The vibe that is created by the three of us playing together,is the most artistically satisfying feeling i have ever experienced…

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

5) Nick Cave’s new record “Skeleton Tree” has pretty much been on repeat in our flat for the last couple weeks.The Libertines “Anthems for a Doomed Youth” is also still blowing my mind…as well as a handful of local releases by the likes of The Deathrettes,Runaway Nuns,Retro Dizzy and The Myths

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

6) I think is a very useful…pain in the ass.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

7) Yeah i like to see reactions,negative or positive,reactions really fuel the art in my experience.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

? If i had to narrow it down to one,i would say Japan.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

9) I think music sure is a soul saver,yeah…has been in my case for sure

Any last thoughts for your fans?
Just be good to each other and keep art alive by all means necessary

The Medicine Dolls – Facebook


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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