Release September 28th2007 on Cooking Vinyl
all Donnaholics! America’s rock n’ roll rebels The
Donnas get back to business with their headbanging, hard
rock masterpiece Bitchin’. Co-produced by Jay
Ruston (The Polyphonic Spree, Meat Loaf), the album is due for release
in Ireland on 28th September 2007.
With all 14
fist-pumping, shout-out-loud tracks written by The Donnas,
Bitchin’ allowed the ladies to develop their
sound and write with a new passion, resulting in a fresh take on
the signature Donnas sound that fans crave. The album cranks out
characteristic girl-power lyrics set to high-energy riffs and raw,
punchy beats, launching listeners into non-stop party mode like
only The Donnas can.
to as Donnas A, F, R and C respectively, Brett Anderson
(lead vocals), Maya Ford (bass), Allison
Robertson (guitar) and Torry Castellano (drums)
have been performing together since junior high in 1993. With 14
years of experience under their studded belts, The Donnas
have come into their own at an early age. “We know what
we want, we know how to get it, and we are ready and willing to
take it. It’s almost like we have come full circle,”
says Robertson. “Maybe in some way we are still the same
dorky pre-teens who started playing because we love rock n’
roll. The difference is that now we are completely comfortable and
confident with who we are.”
Known by most
for their sassy, bad-girl reputation, album number seven represents
a new level of maturity and independence for the ladies as they
play double-duty as both hard-rock goddesses and savvy business
women, taking their careers into their own hands with the launch
of their own label, Purple Feather.
from boyfriend tension to girl fight anger to party-time enthusiasm
on Bitchin’. The track “What
Do I Have to Do” takes a peek into the band’s
more vulnerable side through lyrics that tell the tale of a relationship
gone rotten. "I'm being way too nice/and you’re as
cold as ice,” is heard, as well as, “What do
I have to do to make you want me?” “Girl
Talk” is reminiscent of earlier Donnas
tracks with lyrics that bring to mind the image of a high school
hallway cat fight with a heated Anderson shouting, “Up
& down the halls/writing on the walls… Stop talking about
me…” and, “Think you’re jealous
much/all up in my business/girl I’ve had enough/you better
start running.” Then there is “Don't Wait
Up for Me,” a Def Leppard-esque metal anthem that
chants, "Loosen up/drain the cup," and brings
together clapping hands and stadium crowd cheering with pounding
drums and a roaring guitar solo.
The Donnas’ last tour through North America, one
of their most memorable shows ended with one of them face down on the
hood of a cop car, arms behind her back, handcuffs cutting off the circulation
to her clenched fists. Her crime? Drinking whiskey in the streets of Canada.
Yes, The Donnas are for real and they are here to stay.
They are survivors in an industry known more for its comet casualties
than career success stories. They are successful, smart, savvy, and sexy.
They are the American Rock n’ Roll Machine.
The legend begins in a Palo Alto junior high school in Northern California
where four self-described “dorky pre-teen girls”
form a rock n’ roll band at the age of 13 in 1993. Over the course
of the next 14 years, six critically acclaimed albums are released and
The Donnas tour the planet several times over to an ever-expanding,
international fanbase of “Donnaholics”. From
Palo Alto to the stages of Letterman and SNL and the pages of Rolling
Stone and Billboard, The Donnas have grown to become one of the best female
rock groups of all time.
The band has always attracted an almost ridiculously wide spectrum of
fans who would otherwise never be seen together in the same room. Where
else than at a Donnas show would you see fans rubbing shoulders together
in the front row wearing t-shirts from such diametrically opposed bands
as Motley Crue, the Mr. T Experience, and Maroon 5? Some even make parole
in time for the gig and bring special souvenirs from the Big House. No
joke–in Oklahoma City, a paroled Donnaholic ex-con showed up with
four Oklahoma State license plates he made “when the guards
weren’t lookin’” and each imprinted with a band
So who are The Donnas in 2007? The players remain the
same–Brett Anderson on lead vocals, Maya
Ford on bass, Allison Robertson on guitar and
Torry Castellano on drums–a testament to the girls’
talent and dedication. But there is a vast divide between the awkward
tweens of the 1990s and The Donnas of the 2000s. Besides
utterly poker-hot musicianship (and way better hair), The Donnas
have entered into a new chapter of maturity and comfort in their career.
“The big difference between then and now is that we are not
afraid,” states Robertson, one of the best rock guitarists,
female, male or otherwise, playing today. “We know what we want,
we know how to get it, and we are ready and willing to take it. It’s
almost like we have come full circle. Maybe in some way we are still the
same dorky pre-teens who started playing because we love rock n’
roll. The difference is that now we are completely comfortable and confident
with who we are.”
Throughout the ups and downs of rock n’ roll’s daily rations,
the ladies stay true to who they are every spike-heeled step of the way.
The Donnas are a four-way, equal partnership of women
in friendship, art and business. There is a deep and rare trust that exists
between the members that most bands could never dream of achieving in
a similar group dynamic. That is why most bands break up and The
Donnas continue to stick together.
“I think that’s our secret to surviving in the industry
this long,” says Robertson. “We’re really close.
We can read each other’s minds and order for each other at dinner.
We also truly respect one another.” “We always stick to our
guns as a band and as friends,” adds Castellano, the group’s
hurricane-force drummer (and whip-smart business woman who has corrected
many a promoter’s math). “We remember who we are. We don’t
want to be anything but ourselves at the end of the day.”
As for their sound, “We’ve always felt somewhat sceneless,”
says Castellano. “But these days, when we go to a metal show
I feel like ‘these are our people!’ That’s where I really
feel the connection-Motley Crue, Cinderella, Aerosmith, Def Leppard-that’s
where I want our band to be.”
This brings us to the aural thunderclap that is Bitchin’,
The Donnas’ brand new record, an unapologetically
anthemic hard rock album. Their much-improved luscious locks must have
been a four-way blur of headbanging fury at this recording session. Thirty
shout-along, swaggering rockers were slimmed down to an album-length fourteen
tunes, all co-produced with Jay Ruston (The Polyphonic Spree, Meat Loaf).
Anderson, The Donnas’ power-house lead singer,
explains, “The making of our new record was a wild and educational
ride. We wanted to reach more people with this album and that inspired
us to really challenge ourselves in the studio. We learned a lot about
songwriting in the process and had time for once to experiment and develop
our sound, which combines everything we know and love from our previous
records with a new life and ravenous energy, a feeling that is summed
up in the title."
Bitchin’, a refreshingly loud, unbridled album,
was even somewhat of a cathartic process for Ford, The Donnas’
furious femme fatale of the four string. “Writing this record
made me realize that I could get something good out of even the worst
relationship. I ditched the guy and we got the songs. I’m stronger
than I was yesterday because of it.”
With that said, the track “What Do I Have to Do”
takes a peek into the band’s more vulnerable side through lyrics
that tell the tale of a relationship gone rotten. "I'm being
way too nice/and you’re as cold as ice,” is heard, as
well as, “What do I have to do to make you want me?”
Feelings range from boyfriend tension to girl fight anger to party time
enthusiasm on Bitchin’. “Girl Talk”
is reminiscent of earlier Donnas tracks with lyrics that bring to mind
the image of a high school hallway cat fight with a heated Anderson shouting,
“Up & down the halls/writing on the walls… Stop talking
about me…” and, “Think you’re jealous
much/all up in my business/girl I’ve had enough/you better start
running.” Then there is “Don't Wait Up for Me,”
a Def Leppard-esque metal anthem that chants, "Loosen up/drain
the cup," and brings together clapping hands and stadium crowd
cheering with pounding drums and a roaring guitar solo.
Bitchin’ significantly marks The Donnas’
return to complete career independence. Bitchin’
will be released in Ireland on 28th September 2007 through
Cooking Vinyl, as well as the rest of Europe, and on
The Donnas’ very own Purple Feather Records
in the US. The band has parted ways with Atlantic Records (which released
The Donnas’ last two albums, Gold Medal
and the hugely successful Spend The Night to create their
own record company.
“There is just not enough accountability in the music industry
anymore,” says Anderson.
Robertson agrees, “We formed our own label because we could.
That’s the beauty of it. Our whole career has been ‘The Donnas’
and ‘the label’. It makes sense to us to keep doing what we
want to do and cut the crap.”
The Donnas: a band of power-on stage and off. When they
come back to rock Canada, the whiskey is on me.
Rock and Roll