Go Betty Go, The Dollyrots, The Roxy, January 25, 2015
It was a Sunday night on the Sunset Strip, and Go Betty Go was playing their EP release show at the world famous Roxy. It’s been a decade since we’ve last heard new music from this all girl pop punk band based out of the City of Angels, and they performed with a passion that was absolutely exhilarating. Opening with the wondrously rambunctious refrains of By Your Side from their just self-released EP Reboot, Go Betty Go had the audience enraptured from the start. Older songs such as C’mon and The Pirate Song followed, and many in the audience would be singing along to those and the many other fan favorites.
The new compositions were delivered with a skilled precision, with Drown and It Haunts You Now leaving indelible impressions. It was also exciting to see to hear Go Betty Go performing two tunes in Spanish. And then right after closing with their trademark I’m From L.A. song, a pinata was lowed onto the stage, and after it was smashed to bits, goodies were distributed out to the crowd.
The Go Betty Go lineup was on top form, genuinely excited to be playing in front of a capacity crowd at The Roxy. Consisting of Nicolette Vilar on lead vocals, Betty Cisneros in guitar, Aixa Vilar on drums, and Michelle Rangel on bass, Go Betty Go is back and their thrilling set was nothing short of a triumph! Be sure to snag a copy of the Reboot EP, either from the band or on ITunes.
Right before Go Betty Go’s headlining set, The Dollyrots took to the stage, and delivered a pop rocking good time for all of the early arrivals. Opening with the wildly infectious Hyperactive, The Dollyrots tore through a rapturous set of tunes. They played a good amount of cuts from their recently released Barefoot & Pregnant, including the wickedly wonderful Get Weird and the spirited Stupidly In Love. The classic Melanie song Brand New Key was given a dazzling pop punk interpretation by The Dollyrots. Their own anthem for the ages is the grand Because I’m Awesome, featuring sexy/sassy vocal interplay from Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas, Such a solid live show, jammed back with fabulous tunes that will remain embedded in your head for a very long time!
Go Betty Go and The Dollyrots make up a tremendous double bill, and they should definitely consider touring together in the very near future. Both bands have spent time on the Vans Warped Tour, and have paid their dues tenfold within the vast LA music scene. After the piñata bash and the glittery guitar giveaway courtesy of Daisy Rock, thus concluded another absolutely gloriously memorable night on the Sunset Strip!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Edward Brandon)