Arrhythmia is the latest release from Heartthrob Chassis, the Detroit-based glam garage rock band headed by Margaret Dollrod, former songwriter and member of the sensational Demolition Doll Rods. It’s out this Friday, September 21st on Milan Records as a part of the Nicolas Winding Refn Presents series. Today the band shared the no-nonsense “Sister,” an auditory exploration in gritty minimalism fusing extraordinary songwriting with a bluesy undercurrent and luscious walls of feedback.
Margaret was once the driving force behind the Doll Rods, a legendary three-piece whose primal, primitive sound—not to mention sartorial splendor (or lack thereof: hubcap brassieres, anyone?)—was beloved not only by a legion of rabid fans, but it also kick-started a garage-rock revival, inspiring countless bands, among them the White Stripes. The Doll Rods toured with the Cramps, Iggy Pop, Andre Williams, and Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion (Spencer coproduced the Doll Rods’ classic debut album Tasty), and counted among their admirers such underground legends as Sky Saxon and Hasil Adkins. If you’ve never caught up with the Demolition Doll Rods or were too young to attend one of their grimy shows then you lost out. But now everyone should rejoice for Heartthrob Chassis.