The Dollyrots

CS Presents

The Dollyrots

Go Betty Go, The Two Tens

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

8:30 pm

Space - San Diego

$10.00 - $12.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Dollyrots
The Dollyrots
Kelly Ogden has always wanted to be a mermaid.

The bassist/vocalist for the Dollyrots clarifies: "Growing up in Florida, we were always at the beach, or swimming in a pool or a lake or a spring. I've just always felt at home in the water."

Being suited to both land and sea has been a theme in Kelly's life, and has been woven into the imagery and songwriting on the Dollyrots' new album, Whiplash Splash. Being half human and half fish seems a fitting metaphor for the way the band now splits their time between downtown Los Angeles and coastal Florida, or how they manage to balance touring life on the road with parenthood at home.

Whiplash Splash is the Dollyrots' sixth studio LP, and their first since 2014's Barefoot and Pregnant. And after touring with their rat Sniffy, their dog Quito, and their son River, it also marks the addition of their new daughter Daisy to their entourage.

"We only had three months to write, record, and finish the album between the launch of our PledgeMusic campaign and the birth of our daughter," says guitarist Luis Cabezas. "Parenthood doesn't afford us the time to overthink things anymore. We tracked the bulk of the record at our home studio and went with our first instincts when it came to the music and lyrics."

The result is an album that's focused, sharp, and completely fan-funded. During their 16-year career, the Dollyrots have released albums on labels like Blackheart and Lookout!, but have successfully crowdfunded their last few releases thanks to their loyal (and generous) fans. Whiplash Splash marks the band's follow-up to unlikely diy debuts in the Top 15 of Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and the band's fifth collaboration with longtime producer & friend John Fields, known for his work with All Time Low, Jimmy Eat World, Busted, and so many others.

The Dollyrots plan to tour in support of the album while River and Daisy are still portable in kid car seats, but their days of traveling in a crusty van and waking up hungover on random people's floors are behind them.

"The album art shows a mermaid alone, isolated, and watching her city glow beneath bomb fire. The conflict between musician life & motherhood can be difficult to blend sometimes; there aren't a lot of women I know who are living this same split lifestyle," Kelly explains.

"But mermaids are also a symbol of transformation and growth. And that's always something to be excited and a little scared of. But we don't have time to be afraid anymore."
Go Betty Go
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 Two Tens
The duo known as The Two Tens have racked up a lot of accomplishments since the release of their first EP, Volume 1, including three additional EPs, the full-length LP Volume, and four US tours. Not to mention that the 12-song Volume album yielded seven (yes, seven) fully-realized videos, all made on DIY budgets funded solely by the band themselves, as was the production of the first album.

Made up of Adam Bones on guitar and vocals alongside co-conspirator Rikki Styxx on drums and backing vocals, the duo's DIY pursuits were funded the old-fashioned way: hard work, playing local gigs and selling handmade custom merch. After releasing their four EPs digitally, the band spearheaded a very successful PledgeMusic campaign to release the full-length on CD, so impressing Man Della Records in the process that the label stepped up to release Volume on 12-inch clear vinyl.

Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled second album. They've already tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including "Keeping Hope Alive," the lead-off single which will be released in advance of the album on February 10, 2017. Meanwhile, they're back home in Los Angeles finishing the album with the Volume team of producer Bruce Duff (also their manager, making him an Andrew Oldham-style control freak), engineer Paul Roessler (punk demigod/L.A. studio maven) and mastering engineer Jim Diamond (who is indeed the master of modern garage/punk from the Dirtbombs to the Sonics to the White Stripes).

The Two Tens new debut album VOLUME is out now on CD and digital formats via Ugly Sugar Records and on vinyl via Man Della Records.
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