Pottymouth – Live in Philly – 7th July 2019
It was a hot, sticky Sunday afternoon that Pottymouth were Live in Philly. The cool darkness of Kung Fu Necktie was very welcoming, as were the drinks at the bar! YNOT Radio had brought the ladies to town, along with Colleen Green and locals Tact. The pottymouth set was high energy and a lot of fun-and well worth going out for on a Sunday afternoon.
Potty Mouth was formed by Ally Einbinder and Phoebe Harris, two Smith College students, in 2011. Einbinder played bass while Harris learned to play the guitar. Another Smith College student, Victoria Mandanas, joined the band to play drums, having played in a punk rock band in high school; Abby Weems, a high school student at the time, also joined to play guitar and sing lead vocals. Like Harris, Weems did not know how to play guitar before joining Potty Mouth. In September 2011, the band recorded four demo tracks. According to Einbinder, Harris thought of the band’s name while on the toilet, unaware of the Bratmobile album of the same name.
In 2013, Potty Mouth released their first full-length album, Hell Bent, to positive reviews from critics. In 2015, they released a self-titled EP, which was recorded without Harris, who had departed from the band. The band’s tour to promote the EP featured various guest rhythm guitarists. During this time, they made a distribution deal with Alternative Distribution Alliance and gained attention from Atlantic Records. The band continued to tour in 2016, supporting Beach Slang’s spring tour. For their 2016 shows, Potty Mouth was joined by guitarist Aurore Ounjian of Mean Creek. In July, the band played at Lollapalooza, their first music festival.