Go Betty Go

Go Betty Go

"In family lies strength, friends have the power." L.A.'s GO BETTY GO lives those principles in its passionately tuneful, pure pop-punk anthems, created by four self-proclaimed chiquitas picantes who create music in their Glendale garage from that combination of pride, self-respect and empowerment.

Their five-song SideOneDummy Records debut, WORST ENEMY was produced by the label's Joe Sib and Bill Armstrong, and engineered by Flogging Molly's Ted Hutt at El Dorado Studios and EMG in Los Angeles. The EP is the culmination of three years of steady playing from the Sunset Strip to a Tecate, Mexico pool hall, where they've sold upwards of 5,000 of their three-song EP. The group has also been the subject of glowing articles in papers from the cover of Music Connection to La Opinion to the L.A. Weekly. Last summer, the foursome appeared at several California Warped dates and will go out on the blockbuster tour again this year.

Aixa and Nicolette, who are sisters, have been in bands since they were nine, forming early groups like the Eeries and later, The Nerd Vomits. Both now in their early 20s, Aixa, the oldest, was born in Argentina, her mother's native country, while Nicolette is a native Californian; their father's from Uruguay, so they grew up with one foot planted in both worlds. They listened to local rock radio while speaking both English and fluent Spanish around the house. That bilingual heritage is maintained in set staples like "Mis Locuras" ("My Craziness") on Worst Enemy, and "No Hay Perdon" ("You Are Not Forgiven"), which was one of the three songs on their indie CD. Just don't call 'em an all-girl Latina punk-rockband.

"I'm not a fan of all-girl bands, even though I'm in one, but this is no gimmick," says Aixa, whose own favorites are classic punk and new wave outfits like the Clash, the Ramones, Minor Threat, U2, The Cure and The Police. "We don't fit into the stereotype of screaming, angry girls. And we're not feminists, either. We just want to be accepted on our own terms. We'll play to a Spanish rock crowd one night and a regular punk audience the next."

"I don't think of myself as a Latin rock person. I sing in Spanish because we speak the language. Right now, if anything, I'm listening to more French music, stuff like Edit Piaf." says Nicolette, whose favorite vocalists are a decidedly eclectic mix that includes Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, James Brown and Janis Joplin.

"Our songs represent personal experiences we've gone through," explains Aixa, who co-writes most of the material with guitarist Betty Cisneros. "Real-life situations for each of us." "The music I play today sounds nothing like the music I listen to. I wouldn't exactly say that I've been influenced by the music of the past or the present, but I would say that because I listen to everything, it makes it easier for me to write. I don't feel limited to my options" adds Betty.

When they began writing songs together in their teens, Aixa and Nicolette joined up with Betty Cisneros, GO BETTY GO'S guitarist is darkly mysterious, sarcastic "I picked up guitar 'cause I had to take an elective in junior high. It came pretty natural for me to learn how to play it" says Betty. A fan of hip-hop and funk stars like Missy Elliott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly and Jay-Z, Betty plays exactly the opposite-short bursts of melodic, buzzsaw, metallic chords that recall the best of groups like Blondie, the Go-Go's, L7 and Hole. "I grew up listening to many different kinds of music. That includes artist such as Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Doo Wop, Queen, Peter Frampton, Public Enemy, NWA, Madonna, a lot of Spanish Music as well. Not exactly Spanish rock, more like Boleros. I guess because of the fact every member of my family listened to completely different styles of music as I was growing up, helped me respect all kinds of music as an adult" Betty adds. The three came together in 2000; the following year, GO BETTY GO was completed by "sweet, quiet and kind" Michelle Rangel on bass.

"We've all grown up with this passion for music, and we're doing it as long as we're allowed to," says Aixa. "If everything were to end right now, we'd be happy with what we've done. We feel that we have already accomplished so much."

The band is thrilled about doing its first official recording for influential independent SideOneDummy. Says Aixa, "It's gratifying to know we're taking a few steps forward. That's important to us. We wouldn't have gone to a major, even if we were offered a deal. It wouldn't be smart. We're so young at this point. There's no rush for us. We don't want to be molded into something else. Everything's happening naturally. All that we've done for the past three years is now being supported by an independent label with a strong backbone."

"I just want to have fun, and evolve as a singer and artist," adds Nicolette. "I want to take everything we've experienced and turn it into something. I don't feel we've wasted our time. Let's just take this and go with it. We've come pretty far already."

With WORST ENEMY, GO BETTY GO is poised to go even further.

The Dollyrots are one girl and two boys. They're a punk rock band but their CDs are very pop. Kelly is sugar sweet but mischevious and might sucker punch you if you're dumb enough to try her patience. Which she has a lot of, if she hasn't been visiting with her friends Jack, Jim or Jameson. She likes to do girl things like grow plants and sew up her t-shirts and crochet and make strawberry cakes. But, she also likes to play her basses til they are sprinkled with blood and drives soo fast she's not allowed behind the wheel and is getting really good with the balisong she stole from her boss who used it as a letter opener. She likes to get carsick reading and send postcards from the road so send her your address or favorite book (really!). Please don't send it if you don't want The Dollyrots knocking on your door next tour looking for a floor and a shower! Get Kelly's personal advice on BUZZNET'S ROCK N ROLL THERAPY, and read Kelly's blog on GIBSON.COM.

Then there is Luis... Luis is mysterious. And very smart. He is one of those guys who you meet and think maybe you'd join his cult. I hear he has his own religion, based on the Sun God so it's not really a stretch. Ask him about it sometime; he'll tell you about freaking that room full of people out while rambling about western religion while on some weird head trip. He is also known to get feisty when he's hungry or afraid he's getting sick. Which he seems to get all the time due to a combo weak immune system/paranoid disposition. He would like a dog when there's room for one on tour. A medium sized one like Snoopy, or maybe just a giant South American Sewage Rat.. It's really easy to get Luis to flinch, he's not crazy about people touching him. Maybe it's because he was abducted when he lived in Ecuador as a child. He likes good brit punk, music of the early 90's because it's honest and don't forget Chuck Berry and Patsy Cline. On the road he likes to read parts of books and stare out the window. He's good to talk to.

Chris Black grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles from Michigan. His first band was not The Dollyrots but we were tour pals since 2004 and have shared a van, barf bags, and near death experiences across the US a couple of times. He's an all around awesome dude. One way to his heart is food; he eats burritos at least once a day even if he's in Wisconsin and they're covered in tater tots. He loves skater girls, a good truck stop, talk radio, and ninjas. Grew up on East Bay stuff like Fifteen, MTX, & ye olde Green Day. He met Phyllis Diller once and she said he looked like a young Elvis Presley. Talk to Chris, you'll like him.

The Dollyrots have a keen album BECAUSE I'M AWESOME out on BLACKHEART RECORDS and a previous record on LOOKOUT RECORDS. They are currently either on the road somewhere in America or feeding their pets back home in Los Angeles.

The Hot Toddies

The Hot Toddies, an all-girl band from Oakland, CA mix sunny garage pop, indie surf riffs, a bottle of whiskey and plenty of vocal harmonies. Heidi, Erin and Sylvia are best friends who taught themselves to play and have been writing songs together since 2005. They’ve toured across the US, Canada and the UK in support of their 2 albums “Smell the Mitten” and “Get Your Heart On” out on Asian Man Records. Their latest ep "Bottoms Up" was released Feb 2013 on Tricycle Records followed by their debut at SXSW Music Festival this past March.

They have shared the stage with amazing artists from across genres including RX Bandits, Alkaline Trio, Art Brut, Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes, High on Fire, Dear Nora, Northern State, Audrye Sessions, The Queers, Richard Swift and Zee Avi.

"Oakland girl band The Hot Toddies mix 1950's beach movie pop with soft indie rock, hard whiskey and a dry sense of humor. " - KEXP

"...Fresh, engaging and altogether delightful noise-pop with odd, punky lyrics about being horny in Seattle and matters of suchlike pith. A rare treat." - LA City Beat

"Oakland’s Hot Toddies are so retro, smart and sexy, you’d think they were Japanese." - Seattle Weekly

The Potential Lunatics

"The Potential Lunatics are a Long Beach, Ca based teenage brother and sister alternative/punk band.
Since 2008 they've wowed audiences with their passion, angst, and passive-aggression.

Emma Simons-Araya (guitar, vocals) sings about Sylvia Plath, playground scabs, doing the dishes, playing in a band and other hot and raging topics,
which describes our culture from the perspective and voice of a young person.
While Isaac Simons-Araya (drums, vocals) murders his drum set with a slick face and forearms working like Keith Moon and Animal the Muppet combined.

The Potential Lunatics released their first underground and grungy EP "Eating Paste" January 2009.
Their highly anticipated first record "Well Trained Youngsters" was released June 2011.
May 2012 they went on their first tour, up the West Coast, from So Cal to Seattle, Washington.
And March 2013, toured through AZ, NM, and TX, to play at SXSW."

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Friday, July 5 · 8:00 PM at Troubadour