Jam of the Day | Party Dolls – Vampire

Photo by Brian Manley

would i be a good valentine 
if i sang a good line

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers.

Party Dolls aren’t an Athens, Ga, supergroup; that’s because Athens, like Chapel Hill, doesn’t have supergroups. What they have is “other projects”, whenever a band takes a hiatus and a songwriter has more output than they know what to do with. Party Dolls started a year ago in just that situation, when only half of the hard rocking’ District Attorneys could make a Valentine’s Day gig — now they’ve expanded in occasionally include members of the DAs as well as Tedo Stone and Crooked Fingers.

“Vampire” is frontman Drew Beskin’s attempt to write a love song and “not feeling up to the challenge”, he says. I think, though, that’s it’s a perfect love song; the chorus couplet quoted above is damn romantic to me. It’s a rain on a windshield ballad, the kind of song you want on the radio when you’re fogging up a car like you were still a teenager. The whole album, Love Wars Baby, drops today in honor of last year’s 2/14, and it’s not as wistfully muted and longing as “Vampire”, but it’s all as clever.

Stream “Vampire” below, and pick up Love Wars Baby from Party Dolls’ Bandcamp. They’ll celebrate the release next week in the ATL at the Earl on 2/22, with St Paul & the Broken Bones.

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