200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Standing there in her full rock regalia, messy hair, leather boots, and that glimmer of confidence in her eyes, Dorothy Martin, singer/songwriter and namesake of the Los Angeles rock band Dorothy, takes the microphone in superstar producer Linda Perry's studio and goes into full rock star mode. She was on fire. She thought she nailed it. Not quite.
"I was like, 'I don't know what's up with you," recalls Perry (P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani), who produced, engineered, and co-wrote several tracks on Dorothy's second full-length album, 28 Days in the Valley, for Jay Z's Roc Nation. "You just made this incredible band sound like fucking shit and there's not one vocal I can keep here. Are you drunk?"
The singer was up partying until 5 a.m., so when she rolled into the studio at 11 a.m. the effects of the night were on full display. So Perry, who also manages the band, kicked Dorothy out of the studio with this firm warning: "If you feel you can't do this, tell me now because you're wasting my time. You are better than this. Call your sponsor, go to a meeting, get your shit together because these songs are great and we are going to make a fucking great record."
It was a major turning point, for sure. "I hit my rock bottom that day," admits the Budapest-born, San Diego-raised artist. I sounded like shit. I felt like shit. I looked like shit. I was making my band suck. I was erratic. I was crying. Linda sat me down and handed me my ass."
It was the wake-up call the artist needed. It was that of a phoenix rising from the ashes moment. Martin began to look inside for the answers and found the strong, confident, empowered woman that she had been hiding. Not only did she make an evolutionary turn as an individual and artist, but the band - which also includes guitarist Owen Barry, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg - made that "fucking great record" Perry had hoped for.
"It was very humbling, but necessary," says Martin. "This was a spiritual journey and very healing, and because of that it's an unapologetically honest record. Somehow Linda knew I had more to give as a singer and writer. I used to hide behind the tough girl sound, but she taught me that there is power in my vulnerability and that's what you get on this record."
"Flawless," the first single, is one of those vulnerable songs. The boot-stomping rocker kicks off the 13-track album with the heartbreaking lyrics, "You said you loved me, but you threw me out in the garbage/Now I'm starting to stink but everybody thinks I'm flawless," but by the end of the song Martin's pain turns to an uplifting feel-good anthem of love as she sings, "Coming out of all my darkness/Now that I'm flawless/ Can you feel it?/Can you feel it?"
"It's about an ex who really did a number on me," reveals Martin. "This one came fast to me. It was very subconscious... like I'm channeling them. Linda pulled the lightness out of me, both personally and musically. This record is definitely still bold, but it's happier. It's kind of like the butterfly coming out of the cocoon, which is why the band logo now is a butterfly."
The bluesy rocker, "Pretty When You're High Boy," dives further the emotional rollercoaster of her bad romantic choices. "We've all dated that beautiful boy who likes the ganja too much. He looks like an angel, but was anything but. It's kind of an ode to those surfer stoner boys and girls of the world. I worked out a lot of stuff on this record," she laughs.
Even with more tender moments, 28 Days in the Valley still has the in-your-face bluesy, gritty rock and roll fans loved on 2016's ROCKISDEAD, and their recent standalone single, "Down To the Bottom," which hit No. 35 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and which Rolling Stone called the "perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch." But, added to that thunder this time around are more layers of emotion fueled by less metal, more California desert rock vibes.
The powerful '60s-tinged "Who Do You Love" takes you down the fast lane of psychedelic desert rock perfection, while "Ain't Our Time To Die" harkens back to the band's trademark dirty rock sensibilities. The record takes several uplifting turns as heard on "Mountain," "Freedom," and "White Butterfly" where it's hard not to feel the spiritual journey and awakening Dorothy has embarked on.
It's the kind of record that has a pulse and beckons to be played live from beginning to end... and there's a good reason for that. "We recorded the old-school way like the Stones did. After writing, we did a good amount of pre-production and worked out the energy and vibe of the songs and then we went in and recorded live, usually in just a few takes. Nothing on this record is programmed. It's raw and real and honest," explains Martin, who led meditation sessions with her band before each session to set the right intention and loving energy.
Coming off an album with as much critical acclaim and fan love as ROCKISDEAD - which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart, No. 5 on Top Hard Rock Albums, and featured two songs ("Raise Hell" and "Dark Nights") in the Top 40 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart - can be intimidating for most bands going into their sophomore record. Critics compared Martin to some of the greatest female artists of our time, such as Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, and Grace Slick, even calling her "a revved up Adele teetering on the brink of chaos."
The praise was equal for the band as Rolling Stone magazine named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists, while Billboard likened the group's "Wicked Ones," which was featured in Levi's and Gatorade spots, to a blend of Black Sabbath and the White Stripes, and Vice's Noisey dubbed "After Midnight," which featured actress/model Suki Waterhouse in the music video, "the perfect modern rock concoction."
Those kind of accolades are enough to make any young band shake in their boots. But, not Dorothy.
"I had no fear coming into this record," Martin proudly states. "We were in capable hands and I finally felt empowered to be even more of a songwriter than I was before. I finally learned to trust my intuition and my heart, and to get out of my head. You know, the main message of this album is to not live in fear; it's to transform everything in your life to be on the frequency of love, which is so powerful and all healing. That's what this record is all about."
Los Angeles by way of London Alternative Band Charming Liars have been building steadily since their inception. The band has been endorsed by no less an icon than Sir Elton John , who
has featured the band's songs on his Apple Music "Rocket Hour" radio show. They have toured with a diverse array of acts such as Jane's Addiction, Night Riots, New Politics and You Me at
Six. They are no strangers to big stages and have played at festivals both in and outside the U.S. With the upcoming release of addictive new single " Like A Drug " on April 6 th through Chartmaker Inc., and an LP of new material in late June - t he band is prepared to have a
breakthrough year in 2018. Charming Liars evolution began in London's West End when Karnig and Mike were still in their
teens. They both came from homes with wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes, and that early exposure informed their approach to making music. They started writing and playing together in a series of bands and honed their musicianship with several tours up and down the U.K. In 2013 they decided to make the move to Los Angeles, in part spurred on by an encouraging social media message from songwriter and producer John Feldmann (Panic! at the
Disco, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182) – who told them to look him up for a songwriting session if they were ever in town. They connected with Kiliyan through a mutual friend while he was attending The Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Through initial
conversations that lead to songwriting and then recording sessions – the 3 realized that they had an organic musical chemistry that would lead to interesting possibilities. The current
line-up was solidified.Inspired by Alternative and Rock giants like U2, The Police, and Linkin Park, among others - the band pays tribute to their roots while carving out their own unique Alt.Pop sound. "We want to have a big effect on music listeners around the world," Karnig says, "whether it be through the feeling of the music, lyrical content, ideals or even simply friendship". Mike adds "We're most
content when we get the opportunity to play the songs we wrote in a live setting. We take great pride in crafting our live show to reflect the recordings we so diligently work on in the studio, to really connect with our fans".
Having released a couple EP's since their arrival in the states, 2016 saw the release of their single " Soul " which reached number #40 on the Alternative Radio Charts and who's video has over 600,000 views on Youtube. A cover of Sir Elton's " I'm Still Standing " was released in the spring of 2017 in conjunction with the Grammy organization's MusiCares arm. The band continued to make inroads @ Alternative radio in the fall of 2017 with " Insomnia ", which is still
getting residual play at the format. They have built a following with constant touring, and have played across the entire as well as
South America, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. Their touring resume includes the Uproar tour, as well as opening for Night Riots, Kings of Leon, Weezer, and Jack White. To support the new "Like A Drug" single, tour dates are being booked for the summer.
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