Punk trio The Aquadolls will celebrate its new album with a hometown show

It’s been a busy spring for the Los Angeles-based indie-punk group The Aquadolls.

Since early April, the all-female trio has been out on the Spring Fling Tour, which brings them back home in time to perform a record release show for their third album, “Charmed,” at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angles on Friday, June 2.

“This is the first album we’ve written all three of us together. So it has a nice piece of a little bit of all of us,” The Aquadolls vocalist-guitarist Melissa Brooks said during a recent interview.

The Aquadolls are performing a record release show June 2 at the Moroccan Lounge. (Photo by Jenna Houchin)

The Aquadolls are performing a record release show June 2 at the Moroccan Lounge. (Photo by Jenna Houchin)




The Aquadolls started as a solo bedroom project for Brooks a decade ago. After releasing her first EP, “Free,” in 2012, she dropped The Aquadolls debut full length, “Stoked on You,” a year later. She cycled through several musicians before finding bassist Keilah Nina and drummer Jacqueline Proctor to complete the lineup and the trio released their sophomore album, “The Dream Deception,” in 2018.

Since then, the band has performed alongside acts like Pennywise and Jimmy Eat World, and have been on the bill for major festivals including Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and a pair of appearances at Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival in Dana Point. Last summer, they were on the road with Incubus and Sublime with Rome.

Lyrically, “Charmed” touches on themes of love, relationships and self-acceptance while sonically melding elements of early rock harmonies with guitar-driven ’90s grunge.

“There are a lot of songs that have to do with love, whether it’s platonic love, friendship love, romantic love, breaking up, self-love and it’s fun, upbeat and we hope that somebody finds a little piece of themselves within any of the songs,” Brooks said.

“You’ll hear our O.G. roots, but then we have a lot of rock and roll songs,” Proctor added.

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The first single, “Beachy,” was written during quarantine by Brooks.

“The song is really about self-love and looking in the mirror and going ‘Dang, I look good’ and appreciating yourself especially when you were alone in times like quarantine,” Brooks said.

Another single from the new album is “Sneaky,” an ode to the ’90s that Brooks describes as Veruca Salt meets The Breeders and Hole.

“It’s part ballad, part screaming along and has both sides of the frustration of wanting to know what could come out of a relationship and kind of a late night hook-up,” she added.

If you miss the record release show at the Moroccan, the band is playing the Cherry Festival in Beaumont on June 4 and later this year, they’ll be back at Ohana at Doheny State Beach to perform during day three of the fest on Oct. 1, which will be headlined by Foo Fighters.

“This is our third time playing Ohana now and we’re so excited to be sharing the bill with the Foo Fighters, which is Jackie’s all-time favorite band,” Brooks said.

The Aquadolls

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 2

Where: The Moroccan Lounge, 901 East 1st Street, Los Angeles

Tickets: $24 at

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