Los Angeles rock band Dorothy are set to release a new album in early 2018, and with it a slew of tour dates that will bring their highly energetic, bluesy, acid rock to your favorite venues. 28 Days in The Valley was recorded live and videoed for a documentary, which will make its way to fans sometime after the album release. Recently we caught up with frontwoman Dorothy Martin. She is is pure rock and roll, in all of the best ways.
GSLM: One of the biggest things that we have noticed about you, is your attitude of gratefulness. What are you most grateful for today?
Martin: Right now? My sobriety. I wouldn’t be able to do half the things that I do if I hadn’t gotten sober. There is a reason, and I don’t see it, because I don’t have an aerial view of everything. I think being grateful is one of the best state of minds to be in, because if you’re just a pissed off person, then you are spreading that to those around you, and not living to your full potential.
The other thing I am super grateful for is getting to do this album with this band, Linda Perry, my amazing team, and Kerry Brown, and Shane, my day to day. It’s like family. I never thought that this would be my life.
Two years ago, I was miserable. I was drunk. I was lost. I felt really abandoned and not supported in many aspects of my life. To see that turn around… I have got to stay humble, because this is truly amazing.
GSLM: When you got sober, did you think it would change your writing or ability to write?
Martin: That is something that people who want to stay in their disease say, and it’s not true. I would have never written this album if I was messed up. Ever. I had to be clear headed. I had to take the fuse.
GSLM: Let’s talk about your upcoming album. Give us the details. Unload on us.
Martin: It definitely has more feminine energy. We did it in the valley in Los Angeles in Sherman Oaks at Linda Perry’s studio. We recorded the album in 28 days, so we decided to call it, 28 Days in The Valley. We nailed it pretty quickly, which I am so proud of. It has a lighter and brighter feel, with less metal influence and more (Rolling) Stones. It has a cool desert vibe. I think people will really enjoy it.
GSLM: We know that every song is your baby. That said, what is your current favorite on the new album?
Matin: I really love “We Are Stars.” I wrote in ten minutes while Linda was strumming and singing the chorus. It was towards then end when we were wrapping up the album, and the band was not there. It’s very spiritual. It’s very positive. When I put it on, it instantly puts me in a good mood.
GSLM: Painting a bigger picture, when did you first perform live? Describe the event?
Martin: (Laughing) Middle school talent show. It was terrible. It was so bad. I was like, “what do you mean I am off key? I don’t even know what that means.”
I sang “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton John from Grease. I remember being so nervous that my knees were shaking. I had no idea what I was doing. I sang the song at home, and it sounded good to me. I’m pretty sure that I was quite pitchy. But then I was like, “That was quite terrifying, but I want to do it again.”
I also sang the National Anthem for my high school graduation. I hope nobody ever gets ahold of that!
GSLM: We were about to ask if you had video.
Martin: (Laughing) No. I didn’t have in ears. I didn’t know about feedback from the stadium. They had a really crappy PA, so it was echoing the whole time. And I was like, “ I am not trained for this shit!” After that, I started looking into actual voice lessons and training, so that I would know what I was doing.
GSLM: A while back, we had a conversation about tattoos with Frank Turner. What is your favorite tattoo?
Martin: The Archangel Michael, which I have tattooed on my back. I have Gabriel as well. I have two angels. They were done by Shamrock Tattoo, which is Mark Mahoney’s shop in Hollywood. I really like his artwork, plus, I am addicted to tattoos.
The other is a moth on my solar plexus. (Laughing) It hurt really bad. I was crying like a little bitch the whole time. Later I was like, “this band needs a new logo. What’s going to work here?” We have a song called “White Butterfly” on the new album. I took a selfie of it and sent it to our creative director Kii Arens. I said that it would make a great logo if if was not too girly, so he put my eyes in it, and it became the logo.
The new record is coming your way soon. Stay tuned for updates, and check out all of the action as it happens on Dorothy’s website.
A full list of tour dates can be found below.