Behind the Music
Betty Blowtorch rose like a mega badass rock and roll phoenix from the ashes of the notoriously crass Los Angeles based punk band, Butt Trumpet. Formed in 1997 by vocalist and bassist, Bianca Butthole, lead guitarist, Blare n’ Bitch, rhythm guitarist, Sharon Needles, and drummer, Judy Molish (Bobsled), the immediate chemistry of Betty Blowtorch would ignite a cannonball of incomparable, timeless rock and roll, forever leaving its mark on the world of music.
With their earliest shows packing and selling out clubs across Los Angeles, the band’s instantaneous success quickly led to their first record, Get Off, produced by Duff McKagen of Guns N’ Roses on Foil Records in 1999. Later the band would create their first full length record, Are You Man Enough? which was produced and engineered by Matt Hyde (No Doubt, Porno for Pyros) and mixed by Joe Barresi (L7, Veruca Salt, Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age) and released under Foodchain Records in 2001.
Are You Man Enough, which featured a phallic inspired cameo from Vanilla Ice, propelled the band into a relentless touring schedule, frequently headlining with bands such as Nashville Pussy, The Distillers, Faster Pussycat, Motochrist, Goldfinger, Supersuckers, and McKagan’s band, Loaded as well as Vanilla Ice.
2001 would also see Betty Blowtorch win the Best of Los Angeles Music Award for Best Punk/Rock band, tour five weeks on the Warped Tour, make an appearance in the movie, Bubble Boy, and play over 200 shows across the country. Betty Blowtorch’s high speed momentum would come to an abrupt halt in December of that year, when Bianca Butthole was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Her death left as large a hole in the world of music as it did in the lives of her surviving bandmates. Their memories made together, both ecstatic and painful, later be compiled into the award winning documentary, Betty Blowtorch and Her Amazing True Life Adventures (Netflix, Amazon Prime).
After a decade of grieving the loss of Bianca, the surviving members of Betty Blowtorch found themselves together playing once again to honor her memory and celebrate the undeniable impression she had left on the history of rock and roll. Joined by friend, Mia X of the UVs on vocals and bass, their reunion would serve as a moment of unexpected healing, and would reignite the passion fans all over the world had carried for Betty Blowtorch.
Today Betty Blowtorch regularly shares memories of touring the country with Bianca and stories of their crazy true life adventures with their fans on social accounts. Bonded in the determination to keep Bianca’s memory alive, Blaire, Judy and Sharon continue to create new music, rekindling the fire they started over 20 years ago. With the help of Mia X on bass and vocals and new releases expected this fall, the torch keeps on burning.