The Total Bettys are a "four piece, queer, feminist pop punk group from San Francisco", their debut album ‘Peach’ was released a few weeks ago and it is already set to make waves across California and now the UK.
‘Peach’ is the ultimate feminist, pop-punk record with stand out tracks from the record including the effortless ‘Back Against the Wall’ and the brilliant ‘Light as a Feather’. This album is the collective effort of ‘badass women’ that have come together to create a truly powerful album. They started writing together in 2015 and have become ever closer friends since.
"We’re constantly reminding each other of how much we love each other", the band clearly have great affection for each other and have become more than just a band but are now a family unit.
We caught up with The Total Bettys after the release of their album to see how they’d been getting on.
You’ve just released your debut album ‘Peach’ which is brilliant by the way, how does it feel to finally be able to share this with everyone?
Thank you! It feels awesome to be able to share this. We got to work with the amazing Grace Coleman at Different Fur studios to record the album, and it was so exceptional to be able to work with her. She made the album sound even better than we could have dreamed, and her support in the studio and beyond has been out of this world. We also want to shout out Sami Perez (from The She’s) who recorded bass on the album—she truly is a powerhouse, and her touch on the album was just perfect. It really fills us with pride to be able to share this album with the world, and to have shared this experience with such badass women.
What and who were your major influences when writing and recording the album ‘Peach’?
We wrote and recorded the album last year, when we were listening to tons of Bully, Tancred, and Charly Bliss. I think those were probably our biggest influences (and biggest musical idols) of the year. We are all so excited about all the amazing new pop punk coming out lately; in the time since the album was recorded we’ve gotten so much incredible new local music out of San Francisco as well, and I really want to shout out the rad people making music here: Scrim, SOAR, dot vom, Dirty Denim, Hazel English, Jay Som, Horrible/Adorable, Plush, Long Knives, Pumpkin, and so many more.
After playing gigs with so many renowned artists over the last year, what would you say has been your best gig so far?
This is a hard question!! I think that as we play together more and more, we are learning to feel more comfortable and happy on stage, so I do think that our shows keep getting better and better. I think if I had to pick one show out, it would have to be a prom-themed show we played at an art college in Oakland last year. We all got dressed up in our fanciest outfits, and everyone at the show looked so nice. When we got up to play 'No Kings', one of the songs off our first EP, tons of people in the crowd were singing along, and knew every word. That was the first time that had ever happened. Also Jay Som performed solo that night! It was just pure magic.
Now that the album is released what’s next for the band, will we be seeing you in the UK anytime soon?
No plans to head to the UK yet, though we would love to! We are going on tour in July through California, Oregon, and Washington, and we are playing a blowout kickoff show in San Francisco on July 10th with Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts), so that should be tons of fun!
Thank you so much, and is there any message The Total Bettys would like to leave Smashed Vinyl with?
Thank you so much for chatting with us! My advice to anyone reading this is to start your own band! It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have formed the most important friendships of my life through The Total Bettys, and I want to see more badass women out there making music and joining this community.