Alicia "Alice" Armendariz (a.k.a. Bag) is more than the riotous vocalist you know from seminal LA punk band, The Bags. Yes, she is known for igniting a fierce femme fire within the late 70s LA/Hollywood punk scene (way before bro-hardcore took root in the burbs), but that was only the seed of what she was planting. Now, she’s nearing 60, with brazen blue hair and a bold new album. She’s still punk, still pissed, and she's still giving back to her community.
The East LA born artist, teacher, mother, author, and Chicana troublemaker has continued to create powerful, defiant music that pushes the boundaries of the status quo (her band credits are long and varied: Cholita! Castration Squad, Stay at Home Bomb, the list goes on). Her outspoken new album, Blueprint (which came out March 2018), is her second solo album to date, and marks some forty years since The Bags released their first, infamous single.
I caught up with Alice ahead of her anticipated summer 2018 tour, which runs through August 30 with stops in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver B.C., Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. See her tour dates below and check her website for updates!
We talk getting older and staying brash, the magic of girls rock camps, why she still relates to kids better vs. grown ups, her new favorite band out of Fresno, CA , Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries, and why giving back is the best way to give to yourself!
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Alice Bag info and Updated Tour Dates can be found at her Facebook page and through: www.alicebag.com
ALICE BAG IS ON TOUR NOW
- July 8 - Vancouver BC
- July 11 - Madison
- July 12 - Milwaukee
- July 13 - Chicago
- July 14 - Cincinnati
- July 15 - Indianapolis
- Aug. 11 - Washington
- Aug. 18 - Costa Mesa
- Aug. 30 - Los Angeles
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Thanks to Ernie Fuglevand of Seattle band Slow Elk for connecting me with this interview.