Music is truly an artistic expression and that point was proven on February 3, 2012 at diPiazza’s as 6 bands took the stage with very different musical interpretations. Bell Stray the 1 woman show opened the night with her eclectic sound and unique voice. The band Karl? featuring Rebecca Lynn and the intellectual stimulation brought on by collegiate music studies at Cal State Long Beach followed with their own unique interpretations of musical styling. Static Electri-Kitty is a fairly new band with an entrancing sound that will remind you of The Runaways. They have that Hollywood grime rock feel but with pin up style. Haley (Vocals), Red Fox (Bass), AJ (Guitar) and Captain Subtext (Drums) made everyone in the club stop and take notice of what was happening on stage. Their cover of “So Alive” took patrons out of their conversations to see what these girls were doing. During their 45 minute set the band definitely reminded any doubters in the audience that girls can rock too. The other 2 covers of the set were “Some like It Hot” and a wonderful rendition of “Kitty” which left the crowd begging for more.
The LBians took the stage next and this 4 piece is becoming a local favorite in Long Beach. These girls seem to be playing almost every week in the city where the sewer meets the sea. According to their bio; The LBians is an all-girl band from Long Beach comprised of 4 stellar musicians: Amber Boyd-Young (lead singer), Tina Stephenitch (bass guitar/vocals), Carole Maducdoc (drums) and recently departed Kris Sufilio (guitar). Using a unique blend of alternative rock and soul, their sound captivated the audience and created an irresistible vibe that took the listener back to the early days of rock. From Joan Jett to Adele, to U2, these four girls have a rhythm that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, begging for more. During their set the LBians performed some popular renditions of “All the Small Things” and Dramarama but the climax of their covers had to be the 4 Non Blondes cover. Their version would have made Linda Perry turn her head and cheer with everyone in the crowd. They captured the 4 Non Blondes brilliantly, showing their collective edgy range. The LBians really are a special band that loves those who come to see them perform, they made sure to meet as many in the audience as possible and had one of the best patio parties in recent memory as well wishers drank and got rowdy with the band. These ladies saw more breasts than an 80’s metal band in their heyday. The night then turned to Rock Reggae with Costa Rica/US band Thicker Than Thieves. Just one look around the audience and you had an idea of what blend this band would be as members of Sublime, LBDAS and Perro Bravo were all waiting for the band. The band was well put together and has created an amazing following that goes back to 2000. According to their website the band is primarily defined by memorable live performances, TTT has entertained audiences at events such as Reggae in the River and the Vans Warped Tour. The band has 3 releases; 2002’s “Smuggler’s Run”, 2004’s EP “Respect” featuring reggae artist Tippa Irie and 2007’s “Thru Thick and Thin”. TTT music has been featured on various surf movies, as well as the movie Hard Breakers featuring Tia Carrera and Tom Arnold (2010). With band members from Costa Rica, Hawaii, and California, Thicker Than Thieves has a sound that stands on its own. TTT is currently working on its 4th full length release with record producers Michael “Miguel” Happoldt (Skunk Records) and Louie Richards (17th Street Recording Studio) which best displays the unique talents and diverse songwriting skills Thicker Than Thieves brings to the stage. The night ended with 4 piece Punk band Blank Expressions from Los Angeles. The band was had a few memorable numbers including “I Love You” and “Crazy Ward” that brought this night of musical expression to a perfect close.