Last Saturday night Alice Bag, Trap Girl, Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries, and a sold-out crowd celebrated the release of Alice’s new album “Blueprint” together at The Echo. This was an early, all-ages show, and whenever there are kids in the audience, I feel it always creates a good, fun vibe in the room. Lots of kids in the house for this show (one kid spent the entire evening sitting on the side of the stage coloring with crayons – I don’t think she looked up once)!
Up first was one of my favorite local bands, Trap Girl. Drew Arriola-Sands is one of the best front-women out there – fierce, dynamic, commanding. It was a powerful set, and it was wonderful to see Trap Girl up on a real stage with a real sound system (I usually see them play in small clubs). Some of my friends had never seen them before, and as expected, Trap Girl blew their minds.
Next up was Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries (a band from Fresno). I missed them when they played at Alice’s last record release show, and since Alice loves them, I was interested in checking them out this time. I’m not the kind of person who likes a lot of humor/shtick in my music, so I wasn’t expecting much, but I really enjoyed them! Their songs were great, and their performance was very entertaining. I’m looking forward to seeing them again when they come back to LA.
Alice Bag and her band finally hit the stage, and she immediately unleashed her usual wild assault on the crowd. Every head in the crowd was bopping up and down, but I couldn’t help but just stand there in awe of Alice’s custom-made Ikea bag dress (I needed to snap photos of it immediately)! After a while, Alice brought Kathleen Hanna, Teri Gender Bender, Lysa Flores and Allison Wolfe up on stage to sing a couple of songs with her. The band played plenty of songs from the new album, and the ones that I think rock extra hard are “Reign of Fear” and “77”. This was a fun show from beginning to end, and you could see that everyone had a great time by the smiles on their faces as they exited the venue. A fantastic night that everyone was buzzing about on Sunday.