Glitter Trash, Big Rig Dollhouse And Spent Idols At The Redwood, Friday April 13th 2018
The Redwood Bar downtown LA is getting a lot of attention lately – look who’s playing there at the end of this month! – and yesterday, they had three bands, as they often do, Glitter Trash, Big Rig Dollhouse and Spent Idols, played the evening to start up this weekend.
They were all rocking with their own identity, and Glitter Trash had obvious roots in Detroit. Fronted by Jenna Talia, who was half Xena Princess Warrior, half Motor City rocker, the band had a very distinct identity because of her. Tall and invincible, she looked like a beach bodybuilder in drag who was proudly carrying her city’s reputation on her muscular arms. Loren Molinare (of the Dogs and also from Detroit) was on guitar, roaring some explosive garage rock riffs all set long, while you could obviously hear influences by the Stooges, MC5 or even the Sex Pistols, with the help of Brian Irving on drums and Chuch Rauda on bass… The project was born in Detroit but moved to LA at the end of last year, and the band couldn’t escape the rawness of this Detroit’s driving sound, and they certainly didn’t want to, during a colorful set entertained by Talia’s bold stage-and-out-of-stage antics. May be you would not expect a transgender person fronting a band with a sound so male in its essence, but let’s just say there’s nothing new there, as there are great antecedents of frontmen dressing as women in rock ‘n’ roll,… and after a few minutes, the fierce Jenna Talia rolling her back on stage in front of the drumset at a crude Stooges-like noise, is all you needed to know and see about Glitter Trash. They have upcoming dates at the Viper Room and the Redwood and will be part of Rebellion Festival in the UK in August.
Big Rig Dollhouse had also a very explosive and colorful sound, rooted in Southern bluesy rock, whereas frontman Rob Castle is from South Hampton, England. While Castle was singing with a passion for classic rock, and was channeling Thin Lizzy or Led Zeppelin, guitarist Jarett Glodt, drummer Brian Dropkin and bassist Ty Tryon all made an arena-rock effect inside the small venue. With feathers attached to their hat, foulards knot around the mic stand, they cultivated a retro mid ’70s look as if they were Jimi-Hendrix-at-Woodstock revivalists, but this was suited their sound very well. Their music career seems to be doing well, as they have recently released an EP titled ‘The Moon’ and produced by Cameron Webb, the mixing engineer behind a few Motörhead albums. In just 30 minutes, they certainly put on display a brand of bravado you only notice in rock legends, combined with a will to make a big splash in the LA rock scene, with a series of mad distortion guitar solos and bombs-ready-to-blast-like numbers.
The night ended with Spent Idols, a punk band from Burbank fronted by Mike Spent and decided to not let us forget about the rebellious function of the music… ‘We just bombed Syria, it’s perfect for punk rock’ said Mike Spent while wearing fake dollar bills on his hat. With some Cramps-like vibrator in the vocals, Mike Spent jumped into the set, looking like the laid back frontman having fun at the playful sound of the band’s upbeat punk guitars. Self-declared kings of the underground infamous rebels, they were here to entertain us and shake the place with a pure punk sound of the mid 70s, launching some loud and aggressive guitars solos into space and rock history. And this was not too different from what Glitter Trash had just served us. ‘We call it lousy rock ‘n’ roll’ said Spent… it was loud, raw, fun, and performed with a large dose of heartfelt delivery, and the fact they covered Iggy and the Stooges’ No Fun’ to close their set, ended the night to perfection.