Go Betty Go
The Dollyrots, The Hot Toddies, The Potential Lunatics
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Go Betty Go
With their new 6 song EP Reboot, the always exceptional Latina quartet Go Betty Go emphatically re-establish themselves as one of punk rock’s most exciting forces. A gloriously rough and tumble recording bristling with the band’s characteristic elegant, melodic aggression, it’s potent showcase for Betty Cisneros’ big, roaring guitar, singer Nicolette Vilar’s soulful, siren call and the momentous urgency of Michelle Rangel’s bass and Aixa Vilar’s tumultuous drumming.
It has all the classic Go Betty Go impact, but songs like “Cemetery Stone” and “It Haunts You Now” are drawn from a deeper, far more shadowy territory. They have created an even richer and more engaging sound, loaded with lush atmosphere and, at times, an underlying sense of the foreboding, yet still ably uphold the banging, high impact GBG sound. A deliciously kicking en Español cover of Elastica’s “Stutter” maintains their signature bilingual approach, and every song on this disc rings with the band’s consistently passionate authority.
“We wanted it to be raw and rockin’, not sound too produced and with a darker edge.” Aixa said. “We’ve always been intrigued with darker things, what people are capable of. It’s a curiosity all of us share.”
The new material’s more penetrating emotional statements reflect their singularly unusual shared history. Formed in 2000 when they were all attending high school in Glendale California, Go Betty Go swiftly ascended from local shows to a standing room only weeknight residency at Los Angeles dive Mr. T Bowl’s to a national reputation via reams of critical acclaim and non-stop gigging. Go Betty Go surged through two lengthy Warped tours, frequent appearances in Mexico, an attention getting invasion of South by Southwest and seemingly had it made. With the release of 2005’s Nothing is More, their first full length album, set out a coast to coast tour with MxPx. They never finished it—Nicolette, exhausted, unhappy and burned out, suddenly quit. She walked away and the group completely fell apart.
Aixa and Betty drafted singer Emily Wynne-Hughes and bassist Phil Buckman and continued gigging but the creative momentum was gone, and at one point they quit performing for over two years. Miraculously, after a friend suggested a one off 2012 gig all four original members found themselves reunited on stage. As if the band had a life of its own, Go Betty Go was back as suddenly as they had split.
“I was not anticipating what I felt that night,” Nicolette said, “because it went from being really fun to not fun at all, but I knew if we didn’t do it then, it’d never happen again. And when I got onstage, I felt so happy, like I’d found a lost friend that I really missed. It’s bigger than me, and I can’t wait to get started again. I’m really excited.”
That renewal and excitement crackles through Reboot like a high voltage jolt of electricity, and Go Betty go are poised to reclaim their rightful prominence as some of the brightest, boldest women in punk rock. “I never thought we would ever do another record.” Aixa said. “When we came back together to start writing, it felt really good, so we’re just going to go out, play it, take it from there and see what happens. Life is full of the unexpected.”
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."