Hal Dolls: Dose


With the release of Dose, Hal Dolls once again shows a penchant for fuzzed-out punk, carrying sensibilities that would seem right at home on the bill with the Dead Kennedys or The Circle Jerks. Guitarist/vocalist Doug Maxson, a veteran of the Louisville indie scene, offers a refreshing take on the genre that seems to exist in a time capsule. This is the sort of music that has matured with experience, but that otherwise seems to have remained in a bubble outside of time — you could easily confuse this with something from the late-’70s or early-’80s. This is a stripped-down affair, devoid of any frills and in full service to rock and roll: The guitars clang, and the drums throb in that way that riles up the young to misadventure.