ALICE BAG: BLUEPRINT

March 20th, 2018 | Album reviews

ALICE BAG
Blueprint
Don Giovanni

On Blueprint, Alice Bag explores the song as a narrative device, offering songs that speak to experience and confusion. Blueprint explores a range of genres (punk, ska, even ballads) that all allow experimentation with thr techniques of story telling, and these stories seem track the arc of a life lived with regret but also resolve. There is a personal history evident in this album, one that wrestles with legacy as well as the place of oneself in the story of their own life. Blueprint considers numerous ways of understanding how to live in a toxic climate and how to make sense of the desires and consequences that come with survival. It makes the argument that art is the only way through the unpredictable—a way of preservation and to proclaim one’s space. The influence of Alice Bag—vocalist of legendary first-wave L.A. punk band the Bags—is undeniable when listening to the music of marginalized artists in urban settings. Her DNA is evident in the music of Downtown Boys, outsiders who make music as an exploration of self-discovery, and the currents of self-empowerment that Alice Bag engaged in her music can also be found in bands like French Vanilla—it’s music that helps form and assert identity against the tumult of life. With Blueprint, Alice Bag continues to champion the outsider sect, empowering a further generation in the process.

—Nathan Martel

ALICE BAG’S BLUEPRINT IS OUT FRI., MAR. 23, ON DON GIOVANNI.