Tacocat, The Regrettes, and French Vanilla at the Echo in Los Angeles, CA on July 20th
The Echo/Echoplex in Los Angeles is a small, intimate venue that brings a litany of different musical acts through its doors, including Emo Nite LA and the latest Sounds of Tomorrow show hosted by Soulection. This particular night featured three female fronted acts that packed a punch. The opener, French Vanilla, brought raw, unfiltered energy to the stage. Sally puts every ounce of energy she has into dancing around the stage and howling the lyrics to the crowd. My personal favorite was their song inspired by the movie Carrie.
The next act, The Regrettes, walked on the stage and immediately my eyes were drawn to Lydia's bright pink coat. The Regrettes are a garage pop/punk band formed by four teens that shares strong similarities to Be Your Own Pet (2008 anyone?). Allow they all may be still in high school (or just freshly graduated), their sound is anything but childish. Their first single, "A Living Human Girl" talks about the woes of having imperfections. Everything from pimples to tiny boobs, nothing is left untouched. Undoubtedly, this is the band everyone needs to hear. The Regrettes have already opened for Kate Nash and Bleached, as well gained recognition from Nylon, Rookie Mag, and NPR. They've also scored a spot on the Echo Park Rising lineup, slated for August 18th-21st. Soon enough, they'll be selling out a slew of venues, so catch them for free at Echo Park Rising while you can!
The headliner and physical embodiment of everything that glitters or is brightly colored, Tacocat, entered the stage to jam-packed venue. With party balloons spelling out their name, lining the drum set and outfits that were a clusterfuck of everything that is garishly bright, my eyes didn't know what to focus on. Once they kicked off their set, I discovered their songs are just as loud and entertaining as they visually present themselves. Song topics ranged from street harassment to the life of a horse girl to the first day of your period. Going above and beyond my expectations, Tacocat is not just a gimmick. At first, their presence may be overwhelming to newcomers, but after a good listen to their music, anyone can understand the meaning and heart they put into their songs.
Words and Photos by Summer Dos Santos