Monday, September 25, 2023

Go Betty Go - "Keep Up"

Go Betty Go formed in Glendale, CA in 2000 when the members will still teens. The band toured relentlessly, playing multiple Warped Tours and seemed set to break out. In 2005, they released an album on Side One Dummy Records, and went on another tour. That tour was never finished as singer Nicolette Vilar burnt out and quit the band. Friends and fans convinced them to reunite for one last show in 2012, but they ended up fully reuniting. 2020 threw them off (obviously), and in 2022 guitarist Betty Cisneros was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. The band worked around her illness and doctor's visits, and are back with new music. 

"Keep Up" is a fast paced and melodic punk song. It's the kind of punk that's mixed with straight up rock and roll. The struggles the band faced in the past three years is palpable in "Keep Up." This one reminds me of The Donnas meets Bad Religion. It just has that throwback early rock and roll laced punk mixed with the more melodic side of the genre, and we're finding that mix impossible to resist. This is rock with zero pretention, and we're thrilled to have discovered a band, even this far into their career.

You can watch the video for "Keep Up" below. Black and Blue is due out in early 2024 via Wiretap Records. For more on Go Betty Go, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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