The Dollyrots

Casbah + Soda Bar present

The Dollyrots

Go Betty Go, the Touchies

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

SPACE.

$12

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 2013’s Barefoot and Pregnant. And after touring with their rat Snuffy, 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 everything at home 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 is the band’s fifth collaboration with producer John Fields, known for his work with All Time Low, Switchfoot, Andrew W.K., and so many others.

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

“The album art is a mermaid alone, isolated. It can be difficult 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 something to be excited about."
Go Betty Go
Go Betty Go
When sisters Aixa and Nicolette Vilar attended Glendale High School circa 1999, they were just another pair of bored local teens who dreamed of achieving fame as rock stars. The result was their extraordinary all-Latina pop-punk band Go Betty Go, an outfit whose classic, stripped-down '77-style songs quickly established them as a popular force on the local rock circuit.

With Aixa on drums, Nicolette on the mic, the powerhouse guitar of Glendale's Betty Cisneros and bassist Michelle Rangel, Go Betty Go began a Tuesday night residency at Highland Park's Mr.T's Bowl that regularly packed in a horde of faithful fans. It was just the beginning.

Within a few short years, Go Betty Go had built a national reputation, were the subject of extremely favorable articles in numerous newspapers and magazines, did television and radio spots, earned a prominent spot on coast-to-coast punk rock road show the Warped Tour, had placed a song on the soundtrack of a Fantastic Four video game and, in 2005, released “Nothing is More,” their second album. Those Go Betty Go gals were making it, big time, and just as it seemed the band's explosive success was going to take them to the very height of the business, Nicolette did the unthinkable, right in the middle of their tour with MxPx: She quit the band.

Seven years later, and almost as abruptly, comes the equally stunning news that Nicolette and the band are reuniting once again. While Go Betty Go continued performing, with vocalist Emily Wynne-Hughes and bassist Phil Buckman, the group has been on informal hiatus for two years.

It's safe to assume that quite a few local music fans remember Go Betty Go, and this reunion should be pure pleasure. The band's creative, passionate, bilingual pop punk is loaded with appeal, and their reunion to the music scene gives them the chance to pick up where they left off.
Venue Information:
SPACE.
3519 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
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