Donnas Rebel Against Pop On Tour
With the release of their Atlantic debut "Spend the Night," longtime indie outfit the Donnas are attempting to come to terms with the increased publicity that normally surrounds a buzz band on the risWith the release of their Atlantic debut "Spend the Night," longtime indie outfit the Donnas are attempting to come to terms with the increased publicity that normally surrounds a buzz band on the rise. Bassist Maya Ford (aka Donna F.) tells Billboard.com that the all-girl band has serious problems with being lumped in with such pop acts as Avril Lavigne and Pink.
"I'm upset and offended that all of the interviews we've done, everyone asks us about them and compares us with them," says Ford. "I mean, they are doing what they want to do, and that's cool, but we're nothing like them. They are just like a product. I don't know. I feel like they are selling totally how they look and I don't think that there is that much to their music and I don't think they are very real."
Reality is where the Donnas found themselves after touring behind last year's critically acclaimed Lookout disc "The Donnas Turn 21," which has sold 39,000 copies to date according to SoundScan. Having been approached by major labels for some time, the girls decided to make the jump when Atlantic allowed them free reign to record their own material and play their own instruments -- something other major label offers didn't include. Despite shouts of' "sellout" from stalwart punk fans, Ford is forthright pertaining to the band's motives, which include commercial success.
"We just wanted to be able to sell more albums," she says. "We've been on Lookout for a really long time and we kind of reached a point where we wanted to take it a little further and see what could happen if we had more money to record. It's kind of hard to pay the rent if you don't make money and we don't have day jobs and we are really dedicated to our band. It is something we love. We just thought it would be a good idea."
"Spend the Night" is the best sounding Donnas album yet, with a power punk structure replete with 1980s rock hooks ("Take It Off") and snotty lyrics ("You Wanna Get Me High"). After opening stints for Jimmy Eat World and the Strokes, the group has begun its own club tour, which hits Vancouver tonight (Oct. 28).
The question remains; is the world is ready for four charismatic girls playing no-nonsense rock'n'roll? "I hope so because there is so much music out there that isn't very good or very fun," Ford offers. " I think that music is in a rut right now. So hopefully, everyone will buy 'Spend the Night' and it will change what music is. And everyone will realize that music is about having fun and good times, and it's not something you should get all depressed about."
Here are the Donnas tour dates:
Oct. 28: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
Oct. 31: Minneapolis (Ascot Room)
Nov. 1: Chicago (Metro)
Nov. 2: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
Nov. 3: Detroit (Majestic Theatre)
Nov. 4: Buffalo, N.Y. (Continental)
Nov. 5: Pittsburgh (Club Laga)
Nov. 6: Toronto (Opera House)
Nov. 7: Cambridge, Mass. (Middle East)
Nov. 10: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Nov. 11: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Nov. 12: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
Nov. 13: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
Nov. 14: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Ziggy's)
Nov. 15: Atlanta (Masquerade)
Nov. 17: Orlando, Fla. (Sapphire Supper Club)
Nov. 19: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Culture Room)
Nov. 20: Tallahassee, Fla. (Beta Bar)
Nov. 22: New Orleans (Shim Sham Club)
Nov. 23: Houston, Texas (Fitzgerald's)
Nov. 24: Austin, Texas (Emo's)
Nov. 26: Tempe, Ariz. (Nita's Hideaway)