28 Days in the Valley
Standing there in her full rock regalia, messy hair, leather boots, and that glimmer of confidence in her eyes, Dorothy Martin, singer/songwriter and namesake of the Los Angeles rock band Dorothy, takes the microphone in superstar producer Linda Perry’s studio and goes into full rock star mode. She was on fire. She thought she nailed it. Not quite.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s up with you,” recalls Perry (P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani), who produced, engineered, and co-wrote several tracks on Dorothy’s second full-length album, 28 Days in the Valley, for Jay Z’s Roc Nation. “You just made this incredible band sound like fucking shit and there’s not one vocal I can keep here. Are you drunk?”
The singer was up partying until 5 a.m., so when she rolled into the studio at 11 a.m. the effects of the night were on full display. So Perry, who also manages the band, kicked Dorothy out of the studio with this firm warning: “If you feel you can’t do this, tell me now because you’re wasting my time. You are better than this. Call your sponsor, go to a meeting, get your shit together because these songs are great and we are going to make a fucking great record.”
It was a major turning point, for sure. “I hit my rock bottom that day,” admits the Budapest-born, San Diego-raised artist. I sounded like shit. I felt like shit. I looked like shit. I was making my band suck. I was erratic. I was crying. Linda sat me down and handed me my ass.”
It was the wake-up call the artist needed. It was that of a phoenix rising from the ashes moment. Martin began to look inside for the answers and found the strong, confident, empowered woman that she had been hiding. Not only did she make an evolutionary turn as an individual and artist, but the band
— which also includes guitarist Nick Maybury, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg — made that “fucking great record” Perry had hoped for.
“It was very humbling, but necessary,” says Martin. “This was a spiritual journey and very healing, and because of that it’s an unapologetically honest record. Somehow Linda knew I had more to give as a singer and writer. I used to hide behind the tough girl sound, but she taught me that there is power in my vulnerability and that’s what you get on this record.”
“Flawless,” the first single, is one of those vulnerable songs. The boot-stomping rocker kicks off the 13-track album with the heartbreaking lyrics, “You said you loved me, but you threw me out in the garbage/Now I’m starting to stink but everybody thinks I’m flawless,” but by the end of the song Martin’s pain turns to an uplifting feel-good anthem of love as she sings, “Coming out of all my darkness/Now that I’m flawless/ Can you feel it?/Can you feel it?”
“It’s about an ex who really did a number on me,” reveals Martin. “This one came fast to me. It was very subconscious… like I’m channeling them. Linda pulled the lightness out of me, both personally and musically. This record is definitely still bold, but it’s happier. It’s kind of like the butterfly coming out of the cocoon, which is why the band logo now is a butterfly.”
The bluesy rocker, “Pretty When You’re High Boy,” dives further the emotional rollercoaster of her bad romantic choices. “We’ve all dated that beautiful boy who likes the ganja too much. He looks like an angel, but was anything but. It’s kind of an ode to those surfer stoner boys and girls of the world. I worked out a lot of stuff on this record,” she laughs.
Even with more tender moments, 28 Days in the Valley still has the in-your-face bluesy, gritty rock and roll fans loved on 2016’s ROCKISDEAD, and their recent standalone single, “Down To the Bottom,” which hit No. 35 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and which Rolling Stone called the “perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch.” But, added to that thunder this time around are more layers of emotion fueled by less metal, more California desert rock vibes.
The powerful ’60s-tinged “Who Do You Love” takes you down the fast lane of psychedelic desert rock perfection, while “Ain’t Our Time To Die” harkens back to the band’s trademark dirty rock sensibilities. The record takes several uplifting turns as heard on “Mountain,” “Freedom,” and “White Butterfly” where it’s hard not to feel the spiritual journey and awakening Dorothy has embarked on.
It’s the kind of record that has a pulse and beckons to be played live from beginning to end… and there’s a good reason for that. “We recorded the old-school way like the Stones did. After writing, we did a good amount of pre-production and worked out the energy and vibe of the songs and then we went in and recorded live, usually in just a few takes. Nothing on this record is programmed. It’s raw and real and honest,” explains Martin, who led meditation sessions with her band before each session to set the right intention and loving energy.
Coming off an album with as much critical acclaim and fan love as ROCKISDEAD — which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, No. 5 on Top Hard Rock Albums, and featured two songs (“Raise Hell” and “Dark Nights”) in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart — can be intimidating for most bands going into their sophomore record. Critics compared Martin to some of the greatest female artists of our time, such as Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, and Grace Slick, even calling her “a revved up Adele teetering on the brink of chaos.”
The praise was equal for the band as Rolling Stone magazine named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists, while Billboard likened the group’s “Wicked Ones,” which was featured in Levi’s and Gatorade spots, to a blend of Black Sabbath and the White Stripes, and Vice’s Noisey dubbed “After Midnight,” which featured actress/model Suki Waterhouse in the music video, “the perfect modern rock concoction.”
Those kind of accolades are enough to make any young band shake in their boots. But, not Dorothy.
“I had no fear coming into this record,” Martin proudly states. “We were in capable hands and I finally felt empowered to be even more of a songwriter than I was before. I finally learned to trust my intuition and my heart, and to get out of my head. You know, the main message of this album is to not live in fear; it’s to transform everything in your life to be on the frequency of love, which is so powerful and all healing. That’s what this record is all about.”
LAUNCHES GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE TO SELECT LOCAL ARTISTS AS OPENING ACTS FOR EACH SHOW
BAND SUBMISSION FORM AVAILABLE HERE: http://smarturl.it/DorothyFreedomOpener
Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Dorothy has announced tour dates for the 2018 Freedom Tour. Dorothy is taking the high voltage show to major cities across the United States including Chicago, New York, Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, and more.
Dorothy will perform new music from their forthcoming album along with other fan-favorites from their ROCKISDEAD debut album, the fresh single “Down To The Bottom,” and “Naked Eye” from the Served Like A Girl soundtrack. Rolling Stone recently featured “Down To The Bottom” in their column ‘The Playlist’ as the “perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch.” Watch the live video of “Down To The Bottom” here.
Taking on an unprecedented interest in local culture, for the 2018 Freedom Tour, Dorothy are looking for a hometown favorite band from each city to be the opening act for every show along the way. All genres are welcome. This will be an opportunity to bring the focus of touring back to developing the local music scene.
“Touring sweeps you from city to city. Sometimes you don’t even get a chance to venture past a couple blocks of the venue you’re performing in. On this tour, we are doing something different. Instead of letting a band with marketing dollars and guaranteed ticket sales open for me, I thought it would be cool to let the local favorite band in each city have a shot,” shares Martin.
“This tour is about taking the time to truly connect with the different communities to get a taste of what the local music scene is like. We want to be inspired. This could be a disaster or it could be complete magic. Who knows? WHO CARES?! It’s rock n’ roll.”
For more information on how to submit, visit: http://smarturl.it/DorothyFreedomOpener.
In addition, Dorothy are offering limited VIP tickets that will include a 2-song soundcheck, a photo with Dorothy plus meet & greet, early/preferred entrance, a limited edition hat, and a VIP exclusive laminate.
VIP & GA tickets for the Freedom Tour are available at dorothytheband.com/tour.
Jan 03 – The Rave / Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI (TICKETS)
Jan 05 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN (TICKETS)
Jan 06 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (TICKETS)
Jan 07 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI (TICKETS)
Jan 09 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH (TICKETS)
Jan 10 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (TICKETS)
Jan 12 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA (TICKETS)
Jan 13 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA (TICKETS)
Jan 14 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (TICKETS)
Jan 16 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC (TICKETS)
Jan 17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC (TICKETS)
Jan 19 – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC (TICKETS)
Jan 20 – The Social – Orlando, FL (TICKETS)
Jan 21 – Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL (TICKETS)
Jan 23 – Orpheum – Tampa, FL (TICKETS)
Jan 25 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL (TICKETS)
Jan 26 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA (TICKETS)
Jan 27 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN (TICKETS)
Feb 14 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA (TICKETS)
Feb 16 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (TICKETS)
Feb 17 – Music Box – San Diego, CA (TICKETS)
Feb 18 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA (TICKETS)
Feb 22 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA (TICKETS)
Feb 23 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, Canada (TICKETS)
Feb 24 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (TICKETS)
Feb 26 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT (TICKETS)
Feb 27 – The Olympic – Boise, ID (TICKETS)
Feb 28 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT (TICKETS)
Mar 02 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO (TICKETS)
Mar 03 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO (TICKETS)
Mar 05 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO (TICKETS)
Mar 06 – Blueberry Hill – University City, MO (TICKETS)
Mar 08 – The Parish – Austin, TX (TICKETS)
Mar 09 – House of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX (TICKETS)
Mar 10 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX (TICKETS)
Dorothy was built around Dorothy Martin, a singer who was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Her latest EP earned attention from L.A. Weekly and Rolling Stone – the latter named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists of 2014. All the chatter was enough to earn the attention of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation who signed Dorothy in 2015. She recently put together a new, high level, and powerful band including guitarist Nick Maybury, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg. Dorothy is managed by We Are Hear and represented by Roc Nation.
ABOUT ROC NATION
Since it’s founding in 2008, Roc Nation has grown into the world’s preeminent entertainment company. We work in every aspect of modern entertainment—with recording artists and producers, songwriters and athletes. Our client list includes some of the world’s most recognizable names: from Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, and Big Sean to Yoenis Cespedes, Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, and Robinson Cano. We are a full service organization, supporting our diverse roster of talent via artist management, music publishing, touring, production, strategic brand development and beyond. We’ve forged strong partnerships with the world’s leading experts in artist management, technology, fashion, and philanthropy, and are redefining the business of entertainment.
ABOUT WE ARE HEAR
We Are Hear is a combination record label, publishing house, and management company founded by multi-platinum Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The company’s mission is to give artists freedom usually restricted by major labels. They accomplish this, in part, by providing artists with a unique production facility home and a set of tools to help build their future.