Just last year, The Aquadolls released Stoked On You with Burger Records. Lead singer Melissa Brooks, Ryan Frailich, and Josh Crawford make up the band, providing us with excellent Beach-Boys-esque riffs and vocals worthy of some of the best girl groups from the '60s. Below, get to know a little bit more about one of our favorite bands you should be listening to this summer. —Maddie
Hi Melissa! Tell me a little bit about yourself and your band, The Aquadolls.
I started this band in the summer of 2012. We released our debut album "Stoked On You" in November of last year, and now I'm working on my solo album!
As a musician, who would you say your biggest role model is and why?
My ultimate musical crush is Gwen Stefani. Her voice is so pure and she's a great lyricist. I can't tell you how many times I've screamed along to No Doubt's song "Don't Speak" at the top of my lungs while sobbing as a kid. Gwen is a powerhouse.
You have excellent on-stage style. What is your favorite thing to wear while performing?
My lucky leather jacket and a mini skirt.
Since summertime is near, what are three of your summer essentials?
Jelly sandals, sunglasses, and my tattoo chokers.
What song or album would you say is the epitome of summer?
“Summertime” by GIRLS.
What do you guys like doing when you're not playing music?
Ride skateboards by the beach!