No Small Children were the second band to go on at the Beachcomber in Quincy Saturday night as part of a bill put together by Evan Gadowski, frontman of the local alternative rock band Four Point Restraints. It only takes thirty seconds to get hooked onto the modern punk-rock sound of No Small Children.
It was as if the Beachcomber transformed into CBGB late Saturday night. No Small Children make you remember the first all female rock and roll group, The Runaways and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This trio of schoolteachers live in Los Angeles and made their last stop on their summer tour in their hometown of Quincy.
Nicola Perlinsky may be small in stature but her energetic drums stylings lured everyone out on the dance floor while Joanie Pimental sent vibrations through the venue with her bass playing and incredibly soulful voice.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, Lisa Joy Pimentel, not only brings punchy vocals but unforgettable stage presence as she played her guitar and sang in the roaring crowd with endless energy and demanding nothing less from fans new and old.
No Small Children's lead vocalist and guitarist, Lisa Joy Pimentel, on touring, advice to aspiring musicians, and some of her favorite things.
When and how did No Small Children form?
I met the drummer in California, we were both schoolteachers and now all of us teach at the same school. We decided we wanted to start a band. Then Joanie, who's my sister, was working on a songwriting project and was flying out to Los Angeles, and I just said, "you should move out here," and soon after she joined the band.
She didn't play bass at the time, she's a cellist and a singer but learned to play bass. We started about a year and a half, maybe two years ago playing out in California. Joanie and I are music teachers and Nicola teaches fourth grade. We started playing and getting really into it and then we started playing local shows in LA and then we started doing tours and then made the record.
What's the craziest thing that's happened on tour?
Oh man, there's been some crazy stuff. We ran into some pretty bad traffic once, barely made it in time for the show, and had to change in our van on the way to the venue. It's been this sort of journey and adventure meeting all these people everywhere we go. We stay with people, really gracious people that open up their homes to us.
We get to meet the other bands that we play on tour with and have made some really great friends along the way. It's just the best. The pacing of tour is crazy, you wake up and everything you do is about one hour of the day. Since we're teachers one of the best parts of the tour is showing up in a city and having former students come out to the show.
It's fun to tour here because we're from here. It feels like home when we come back.To have that full circle thing come around has been one of my favorite parts of all of this.
If you could apply one of your songs to a soundtrack which one would you have loved to have been a part of?
If you could have any band cover one of your songs who would it be?
Capital Cities. One of my students is in Capital Cities and he came out to our show last night in New York. He's their trumpet player. We're doing a cover of theirs. And I would love Katy Perry to cover one of our songs too.
If you were on your death bed and you knew you only had time to listen to one more song what would you choose?
"Rhythm Saved The World" by Louis Armstrong.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Listen to everybody. Follow your heart. Be careful about advice.