Potty Mouth Starts The Year Off With Gig At The Satellite Warming Up For A Year Of Heavy Touring, Potty Mouth Is Looking Good
LOS ANGELES, CA- Last year, Potty Mouth dropped their second full-length studio album SNAFU. Fans had to wait 6 years for the new album (their debut album was released in 2013), but it was well worth the wait.
SNAFU is a solid collection of power punk/pop gems and the polished production quality is definitely a step up from their first album, and as a result, is a lot less grunge that what Potty Mouth O.G.s may be expecting.
The polish glistens brighter with the group’s songwriting as the cute on SNAFU leans more melodic through the 10 tracks, giving the cuts a definite pop shine. The cross-over appeal is strong with this album, and a recommended listen, that why we decided to hit up the Satellite to catch them in action.
Kicking off the night of music was the band Chase Petra. This trio from Long Beach, CA was new to me, but man, they left a solid impression on me, and I’ve been listening to their 2019 album Liminal on Spotify pretty much non-stop since I saw them perform
On Facebook, they describe their music as “Quarter-Life Crisis Pop Rock” and “a good ol’ fashioned mess” of “a couple college students making music and trying to survive”. Whatever their inspiration, I’m really digging it. Their music is frenetic, and at times stylistically unfocused (“Kind of, Maybe” and “Contractual” and “Laws of Physics” are really different kinds of songs), but I think Hunter Allen’s vocals timbre and delivery is the organic constant that ties it all together.
Their performance was a ton of fun as well, and you can tell that the three are close friends as the smiles on their faces permeated throughout the set. If these kids are suffering from any kind of quarter-life crisis, this dude sure couldn’t tell.
The second act to hit the stage was Tummache. During this performance, I kept telling myself that I knew this lead singer, even though I didn’t know the band. When I got home, I googled Tummyache and found out that Soren Bryce was the lead singer.
I remembered Soren Bryce from her self titled EP from a few years ago. That EP was an indie-pop album. Tummyache’s music pretty much the opposite of that. It’s alt-rock with a gritty edge.
With her hair trimmed down, it seems that Soren is diving deeper into moods and sentiment with Tummyache. With every listen of Tummyache’s repertoire, I feel like I’m getting a little more insight into Soren’s head. For example, the lyrics in “Commonplace” are pretty striking when you pay attention: “Didn’t want to be here in the first place. I got my name on my birthday. It’s the first thing that belonged to me.” It’s a subtle sentiment, but it’s awfully deep.
The performance was very introspective as well. I think the best word to describe it would be “moody”. Soren cast a mood for us to get swallowed up in, and amidst the heavy purple lights, we let the mood swallow us for her set.
There’s not much that I can write about Broken Baby that I haven’t already discussed in recent posts. Let’s just say that Alex, Amber, Adam, and Brian just keep getting better and better every time I see them live. Amber, especially, is an electric ball of confidence that can charm the heck out of you with her swagger.
If you haven’t’ jumped on the Broken Baby train yet, I suggest you cop a ticket and hop on asap. Their next show in Los Angeles is February 19th at the Satellite again. It’s free. You should go. Seriously.
Midway during their set, Ally Einbinder (their bassist) joked that it had been some time since the last time they were on stage performing and that they felt a little rusty. Well, if there was any rust, they bust out the baking soda and took care of it straight away.
Potty Mouth’s set at The Satellite served as a dress rehearsal for the run of shows they have coming up early this year. They already completed a four gig west-coast stint with Juliana Hatfield, will co-headline a west coast jaunt with Sir Babygirl in late March and will be the opening act for Eve 6′ “Horrorscope 20th Anniversary Tour” starting April 26th through June 2nd.
Their guitars were loud and fuzzy, their humor cavalier and sassy, and their mood laid back yet agnsty. It may have taken a while for them to drop their second album, but I think that wait will pay off in spades as they endear some new fans over the course of the next few months.