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LOLAS Silver Dollar Sunday (Jam)

Tim Boykin, Mark Reynolds & Waylon Smith prove that the sublime debut Ballerina Breakout was no flash-in-the-pan with another example of breath-taking, pulsating powerpop. Combining the punk energy of the Ramones with the bubblegum charm of the Monkees, songs like "See Yer Picture Too," "In My Car," "Dog and Pony Show" and the title track will light up the lives of every guitar pop junkie!
Kevin Mathews, Power Of Pop

In the album's liner notes, the writer, taking a quote from Jon Landau when describing Bruce Springsteen, says, "I have heard the past, present and (hopefully) the future of power pop, and it is the Lolas." Such a quote is a high plateau to attain, but the core trio meets the challenge with flying power pop colors. The adorable harmonies with a Byrds-era bridge on "Who Am I Talking To" is just one of the many highlights within. Knowing when to cut across the grain is also another highlight, as "See Yer Picture Too" kicks the album out of a possible formulaic sag. The early-'60s British Invasion is another visible influence, as the simple no-nonsense tempo is rigid and non-conforming. Handclaps and sing-along choruses are aplenty from start to finish, with the only aspect missing being the hiss and crackles from the needle touching the vinyl. Also added to the mix is the occasional touch of urgency, such as "Silver Lakes," a two-minute stomp through party rock. A miscue occurs during the softer, tender ballad of "Long Time," which could break out into full arena rock chords but stays close to the vest instead. Nonetheless, it's a very credible and at times incredible album that recaptures past power pop glories while plowing ahead.
~ Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide,,1639941,00.html

Lolas - Silver Dollar Sunday: The band led by former Shame Idols member Tim Boykin is simply one of the spunkiest outfits around - not since the wave of Swedish power pop bands of the '90s has there been such a great mix of sugary sweet melodies and explosive guitars, coated with a Southern honey barbecue sauce.

THE LOLAS - Silver Dollar Sunday A fresh, new power pop band out of Brimingham, Alabama that take the tried-and-true jangle-pop formula to new heights with crafty, memorable songs, aggresive playing style and lush melodies, harmonies, and guitar textures. The perfect album for summer!
Jeff Shelton

Lolas - I can’t stand it (Silver dollar Sunday; JAM) Audio-traps that are really imposible to avoid ..... Alternating buzzing and jangly guitar riffs and heavenly melodies, causing a confusing feeling of belief that you’ve heard them all before ..... Everything that ever deserved the “pop music’s defining mark” status is captured in a little more than half an hour here ..... (read the complete review on )

But the true blue treasure of this digital threesome just must be BALLERINA BREAKOUT by The Lolas. FINALLY, here is a record that not only understands, but honestly embraces and exploits that oft-mishandled bridge between the most cutely melodic of mid-Sixties pop ("Skating Rink" could actually become part of Herman's Hermits' canon, I kid you knot!) and the crunchy-guitar urgency that's underpinned only the best of rock 'n' roll ever since ("Don't You Wanna," "Goodbye Rose," and especially "I Became Somebody Else" are pure hard-pop ravers that just beg me to attend a Lolas concert appearance --and quick). Elsewhere, "Sophia" is the kinda tune Pete Townshend hasn't been able to bless us with since about 1968, and head-Lola Tim Boykin's utterly gummy vocal washes bring a shimmering sense of buoyant big fun to, mentioning just a few, "The Best Part," "Otaku," and the utterly astonishing title tune itself. Why, speaking of chewy chewy, these guys aren't even afraid to cover an Archies tune -- my FAVORITE, in fact -- "Feelin' So Good"! I hereby say: Watch out for The Lolas throughout Century 21, believe you me, and yes, Thank You Jeremy Morris for continuing to bring such uniformly fine, fine sounds to us discerning consumers everywhere. You are, without one single doubt, THEE Prince of Pop.
~Gary "Pig" Gold
In Music We Trust

The Lolas: Ballerina Breakout Those who enjoyed the the poppier side of The Shame Idols will flip when they hear Ballerina Breakout!...Brimming with big guitar, bigger drums and harmonies galore, [this] is a headturner of a disc.
...I dare you to find a clunker on this record.
Bill Holmes, Amplifier
(also, contributor to Consumable Online, Cosmik Debris, Pop Matters and only the finest print and new media publications)

Other raves:

"My favorite album of 1999": Gary Gold, To M'Lou Music

"My#1 Album of the Year": Stefan Johannson, Yesterday Girl Records (Sweden)

"One of my Top Ten CDs of 1999": David Bash (Contributor to Amplifier, Goldmine, Bucketfull of Brains and the best music publications)
LOLAS "Ballerina Breakout" (Jam Records)

Y'know, even if head Lola Tim Boykin hadn't the brain (or the brawn) to cover my all-time favorite Archies tune herein, "Ballerina Breakout" would STILL have spent the majority of A.D. 2000 lodged within my nearest disc, man. This is a record Jam-packed end-to-end with exactly the kind of trash-happy rec room rollickin lesser bands would cower behind their effect units to shun from. Not our Lolas though: They put the F-u-n BEFORE the A-r-t and nobody but nobody who comes within ten yards of this mini masterpiece will ever be able to resist.
~ Gary "Pig" Gold

Lolas - Ballerina Breakout Buzzsaw guitar-pop at its finest, Lolas mesh the loud with the sugary sweet and produced Ballerina Breakout - a place where The Archies meet Kiss. The hooks are plenty and run wild here, as leader Tim Boykin (former Shame Idol) continues to hone his craft with exceptional results.
- Claudio Sossi

Reviewed by Eytan Mirsky

The Lolas immediately became one of my favorite new bands the first time the sounds of their debut disc, “Ballerina Breakout,” came pumping out of my boom box in late 1999. (In fact, I liked them so much that I recruited them to back me up on one of the tracks of my own most recent album, “Was It Something I Said?”) Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, the Lolas are the brainchild of Tim Boykin, who formed the unit after the breakup of his previous band, the Shame Idols, who released two fine albums of their own on Frontier Records in the early 90’s. Handling the singing, songwriting and lead vocal duties himself, Tim recruited old pals Walon Smith on bass and Mark Reynolds on drums to fill out the dynamic new lineup. Building on the power of the old punk-influenced Shame Idols sound, the Lolas created their own new garage/bubblegum hybrid. The Lolas’ second release, “Silver Dollar Sunday” basically picks up where its impressive predecessor left off, as Boykin orchestrates an unlikely combination of “dirty” garage band guitar (often of the 12-string variety) and sweet, multi-layered harmonies. While I wouldn’t say that the Lolas actually sound like the Ramones, many of their songs have a similar energy, and Tim’s vocal style expresses a strange innocence reminiscent of the sadly departed Joey. The tracks, many of which contain distant echoes of pop hits of the 60’s, are usually short and to the point - but long enough to feature some sparkling guitar solos, most notably on “See Yer Picture Too” and “Dog and Pony Show.” Changes of pace like “In My Car” and the Beatlesque ballad “Long Time” insure that the disc continues to engage the listener throughout its running time. And knowledgable pop fans are also sure to get a kick out of guest appearances by Tim’s former Shame Idol bandmates (on “I Can’t Stand It” and the riff-rocking stomper “Silver Lakes”) and by Jam Records founder, Jeremy Morris (on “You and Me”). You can find out more about the Lolas and their rockin’ new CD at
Eytan Mirsky