Go Betty Go
For the past 2 decades, Go Betty Go have emphatically established themselves as one of punk rock’s most exciting forces. A gloriously rough and tumble sound with melodic aggression. They bring a rich and engaging energy, loaded with lush atmosphere and, at times, an underlying sense of foreboding.
Formed in 2000, they entered the LA scene when they were all teens in the suburbs of Glendale, California. Go Betty Go is driven by Betty Cisneros’ big, roaring guitar, singer Nicolette Vilar’s soulful, siren call and the momentous urgency of Michelle Rangel’s bass and Aixa Vilar’s tumultuous drumming. The Latina Punk Quartet swiftly ascended from local shows to a standing room only weeknight residency at Los Angeles dive Mr. T’s Bowl, to a national reputation via reams of critical acclaim and non-stop gigging. Go Betty Go surged through several Warped tours, frequent cross-country tours, an attention getting invasion of South by Southwest and seemingly had it made. With the release of 2005’s Nothing is More, their first full length album on Side One Dummy Records, they set out to tour yet again. They never finished it—Nicolette, exhausted, unhappy and burned out, suddenly quit. She walked away and the band's remaining members found themselves at a crossroad.
Miraculously and reunited, after a friend suggested a one off 2012 gig, all four original members found themselves back together on stage. As if the band had a life of its own, Go Betty Go was back as suddenly as they had split years earlier. After requests from fans and venues alike to play one last show together, the ladies of GBG gave in what they thought was their final farewell show, but once they hit the stage, the chemistry that had once brought them together was restored and they were officially back. That renewal and excitement crackled through their last release “Reboot”, like a high voltage jolt of electricity, reclaiming their rightful prominence as some of the brightest, boldest women in punk rock.
They continued to plow in full force, playing cross country festivals and venues alike. But like the rest of the world the band halted and canceled all touring in 2020 due to the pandemic taking way of everyone's lives. As a satirical comedy would commence, the band was hit yet again with their most difficult challenge to date. In 2022, as the band prepared to enter the studio and record their next album, Betty was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. The news was hard, but it brought them closer than ever. They worked around Betty’s grueling doctor visits, chemotherapy and surgeries and when she was having her better days, they managed to squeeze out their latest studio recording “Black and Blue”, which will be released in the winter of 2023. The name refers to the difficult and bruised circumstances that the band have dealt with. With the help and support of GBG fans and the music community alike, they all have helped support Betty with her GFM page and messages of love and support. The band see’s no other road, but the one to recovery, as Betty continues her treatment towards being cancer free. They are optimistically hopeful, supporting Betty as she works on beating her cancer and in the meantime they're all excited to release new GBG music out into the world.