Alice Bag

Alice Bag

Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Rats In The Louvre

Fri, March 9, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Alice Bag
Alice Bag (born Alicia Armendariz on November 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a
punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. Alice was lead
singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the
mid-1970's in Los Angeles, CA.
Her first book, Violence Girl, East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her
upbringing in East LA, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and
aftermath of the first punk wave. Violence Girl reveals how domestic abuse fueled her
desire for female empowerment and sheds a new perspective on the origin of
hardcore, a style most often associated with white suburban males.
An outspoken activist, feminist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker, Alice has remained
active in music since the late 1970's and published her second book, Pipe Bomb for
the Soul in 2015.

Her self-titled debut LP was released in 2016 on Don Giovanni records

"She's an icon in the punk world of Los Angeles and beyond." - LA Weekly

"Alice Bag is a Latina punk rock pioneer and a product of the same scene that gave us Black Flag and the Germs." - Stereogum

"On "No Means No," she's tapped into an equally youthful sound, finger-wagging about the entitlement that enables rape culture with the kind of spirited humor that bands like Tacocat, T-Rextasy, and Chastity Belt employ as a salve against exploding with rage." - Pitchfork

"As an author, educator, lifelong badass and the leader of The Bags, among many other bands, she's been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks, and ... she continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding." - Jezebel
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Jennie Cotterill - Lead vocals/guitar
Linh Le - Bass/backup vocals
Stacey Dee - Lead vocals/guitar
Myra Gallarza - Drums

“Shove your labels / we’ll flip your tables / and we won’t apologize / for causing a scene.” – Bad Cop/Bad Cop, My Life

The lyric above is essentially a mission statement for Bad Cop/Bad Cop, who prove that the best way to battle sexist stereotypes about women in bands is to play well, and to play hard.

With catchy hooks, three part harmonies, and a drummer who fires her ‘guns’ harder than most of her male compatriots, Bad Cop/Bad Cop bring to mind the ‘90s heyday of chicks who actually rocked, from the snarl of The Distillers and synchronized vocals of Dance Hall Crashers to the guitar prowess of The Muffs and wry lyrics of Lunachicks.

All hailing from different parts of the U.S., the foursome met in Los Angeles while playing in bands like Compton SF, The Radio Sweetheart, The D’Maggs, The City, Angry Amputees, and Cunt Sparrer. Eventually realizing that their combined talents and influences would be greater than the sum of their parts, they launched the band in 2011 and quickly became the big sisters of the DIY punk scene, about which Jennie says “We have been so lucky to participate in such a supportive, inclusive, and active scene [with] great people working together and encouraging each other.”

After playing at the “Lilith Bear” party during San Francisco Bear Pride 2013, they were supported and encouraged by an unlikely audience member: NOFX’s Fat Mike. “After our set, Mike approached and said he liked all the songs and Fat Mike decided then that he was going to do something with our band. I almost crapped myself, and the rest is history,” says Dee.
Now in the Fat Wreck Chords fold, look for their 7” titled Boss Lady in the immediate future.
Rats In The Louvre
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804
http://www.alexsbar.com/