As Noise Pop 2018 kicked off on stages across San Francisco, the city’s very own pop punk quartet, the Total Bettys, took to Bottom of the Hill. In this dimly-lit, small music venue that frames their stage with red fairy lights, The Total Bettys helped usher in the 26th edition of Noise Pop.
They opened with their single “I’ll Fix It” off their 2017 album Peach. With a lone window the only backdrop to the stage at Bottom of the Hill, frontwoman Maggie Grabmeier’s dulcet voice filled the small venue with biting millennial angst, singing, “I’ve been trying to run away / But I get these panic attacks / I’ve been trying to run away / But I can’t think of what to pack.”
Maggie shared a quote about “queerness and how it can box you in if you don’t let it go” before introducing their hit song, “No Kings” from their 2015 debut EP Connect with the Couch. It was a song that Maggie described as a pretty queer song before jamming out to lyrics like, “We could be each other’s queens and we’d never need to meet no kings.”
The Total Bettys might not have any current shows coming up, but you can help change that — if you’re a woman-identifying/non-binary/queer-identifying drummer!