Walking into The Warehouse in El Monte, a make-shift music venue of what looked and smelled like an after-school community youth center, flashbacks of summer camps and Sunday school infiltrated the thought processes of many. The music and beachy vibes, however, quickly washed away any horrid, awkward youth camp memories.
The venue hosted a Beach Blowout on Friday night, welcoming teens, tweens, adults and everyone in between to jump into some serious surf rock action. While the turnout wasn’t as good as the last Warehouse show, which took place in March, the kids still had fun, dancing and bopping beach balls with each other.
Some of the featured bands included Cherry Glazerr, a girl-driven surf-pop group who sing songs about lipstick and french fries. The teen queens, who look like a hybrid of The Runaways and the sisters from “The Virgin Suicides,” call back on 1960s melodies and simplified rhythms. Their thrift shop outfits and bright red lips add an extra layer of sweetness over their doo-wopp tracks.
Another Los Angeles group, The Lolcats, pulled out some twang guitar and fuzzed vocals, made possible by a neato phone-receiver microphone — a fine example of do-it-yourself practices.
Orange County’s Vaguess had their debut performance as a group, and, while dressed in kimonos and Japanese headbands, they hammered out blues-soaked punk jams that won the tweenies over.