Sophomore Solo Album Blueprint Out Today On Don Giovanni Records, ft. Kathleen Hanna, Allison Wolfe, Teri Gender Bender & More
Unleashes New Video for “Invisible”
“ …her words are a revolutionary rally cry.” – Pitchfork
“Through everything she’s done, Bag has always showed us who she is — an activist, a feminist, a survivor — but her insights about what’s important to her, and why it’s worth fighting for, have only become sharper and more potent.” – NPR, First Listen
“L.A.’s original punk Alice Bag is back” – The Los Angeles Times
“As an author, educator, lifelong badass and the leader of The Bags, among many other bands, she’s been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks, and … she continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding.” – Jezebel
“Alice Bag is a Latina punk rock pioneer and a product of the same scene that gave us Black Flag
and the Germs.” – Stereogum
Photo Credit: Greg Velasquez
Today, legendary punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist Alice Bag released her second full-length solo album, Blueprint, on Don Giovanni Records. Tidal debuted the Marisol Baltierra-created video for “Invisible“ yesterday, a song about being the opposite of an active agent in this world.
Blueprint – which streamed a week early on NPR First Listen – comes on the heels of Bag’s “77” video featuring Kathleen Hanna, Shirley Manson, Allison Wolfe and Seth Bogartand the empowering Spanish language single “Se Cree Joven” — which translates to “she thinks she’s young” — that debuted on NYLON Español.
Based in Los Angeles, Bag was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags — who were among the first wave of punk bands to emerge from that city during in the mid-1970’s — and also performed in Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. This new album features an all-star roster of guest vocalists, including Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains), Francisca Valenzuela, Teri Gender Bender, and Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist).
The title “Blueprint” is a nod to the process of construction — of a home, a life, the world — and the problems that pop up mid-build. The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint– to take a stand or fix a problem: personal, political, or both. “We’re all constantly building structures of many different kinds,” explains Bag. “So, it’s up to to us keep things on track and moving in the direction we want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot in charge.” Revered for her searing lyrics and fiery performance, Alice Bag will make appearances at Amoeba Music, The Echo, Museum of Latin American Art, Ladyfest and more – full tour dates here and below:
3/24: Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
3/25: San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Music
In-Store Performance + Signing, 2pm
3/25: Oakland, CA @ 1,2,3,4 Go!
3/31: Redlands, CA @ Feminist Art and Music Festival
4/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/1: Long Beach @ Museum of Latin American Art
6/15: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
6/16: Pittsburgh, PA @ Ladyfest
9/30: San Francisco, CA @ Folsom Street Fair
About Alice Bag:
Alice Bag was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave punk bands to form in the mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA. She was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization and went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl, which is now required reading in gender and musicology courses throughout the country + the self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Her influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor.