A World of Her Own: An Interview with Mydolls

Printed in Maximum RockNRoll #356 January 2013, ANTIGRAVITY October 2012 and Fix My Head #4 June 2013

Mydolls are a Houston punk band who began playing shows in the late 1970s. They were an important part of the Texas punk scene alongside bands like Really Red, Big Boys and the Dicks. Mydolls’ music is imaginative, political post-punk that stretches the boundaries of what most people consider “punk” and also challenges the status quo. The band was active until the mid-1980s and then made a comeback in 2003 with the release of a CD anthology of all of their previous work called “A World of Her Own.” The original Mydolls lineup was Trish Herrera and Linda Younger on guitar and vocals, Trish’s cousin George Reyes on drums and Dianna Ray on bass. George was later replaced by Kathy Johnston, who passed away from cancer in September of 2011. Now David Ensminger is the fourth Mydoll, although he does not participate in the following interview. Mydolls is a treat for those of us who already know and love early experimental post-punk bands such as the Raincoats, the Slits, Kleenex/Liliput or Essential Logic. I spoke with Herrera, Reyes, Ray and Younger about the early Houston punk scene, their influences, feminism and kicking cancer’s butt.
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