In my eyes 2013 quickly became a year where the women in music really held it down. Not the Miley Cyruses of the world but the Wax Idols, White Lungs, Jessy Lanzas, Perfect Pussies and Joanna Gruesomes, to name a few, were the ones that really got me excited and pushed their respective genres forward.
The most exciting band from the Bay Area (for me) ended up being two young women from Sacramento who released their third album to subtle but critical acclaim. Dog Party’s album Lost Control is a Pop-Punk masterpiece. Packed with thirteen exciting songs, most of them under three minutes that will have you leaping out of your office chair. They put out the most fun record I can remember listening to about teenage angst that brings you right back down to earth. To all the high school mishaps and missed connections. Throughout the project, they display a progression and musical intelligence that rivals any other band out there.
Did I mention they are a 17 and 15-year-old sister duo from Sacramento? That their third record came out on the highly respected Punk label Asian Man Records? Well I should. I should also mention that they’ve opened for bands like the Aquabats and played the Portland Festival SMMR BMMR besides bands like La Luz, Summer Twins, Audacity, and White Fang.
I don’t want to put any pressure on them because that’s not what I’m here for, but I don’t know two young people who should be prouder of themselves. I am looking forward to what they’re working on and I think it’s safe to say that while they’re already three albums in, they’re just getting started.
Gregory Hill is the cofounder of Professional Fans.