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  • Founded In

    California, United States

The Potential Lunatics are a Long Beach based teenage brother and sister alternative/punk band.

Younger then most bands that were actually around to see the bands that influence them, The Potential Lunatics take cues from Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Nirvana, Babes In Toyland, X Ray Spex, Patti Smith, The Runaways, The Adverts, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Damned, Devo, and more!

Emma Simons-Araya (guitar, vocals) sings about Sylvia Plath, playground scabs, doing the dishes, and other hot and raging topics. While Isaac Simons-Araya (drums, vocals) murders his drum set with a slick face and forearms working like Keith Moon and Animal the Muppet combined.

Since 2008 they've wowed audiences with their passion, angst, and passive aggression.

The Potential Lunatics have played venues such as: The Smell; Grammy Museum; The Aquarium of the Pacific; Crocodile Cafe; Gilman's; DiPiazza's; Blue Cafe; Orange County Fair; Blood Orange Info Shop; Tribal Cafe; Viento Y Agua; Project Infest Warehouse; the Expo Arts Center; Norwalk Culttural Arts Center; Sam Ash Music Store; Beach Music; HangFire Savannah, Georgia; Anarchy Library; Long Beach City College Radio; Cerritos College; Savannah College of Art and Design Radio; The Trunk Space, Phoenix among many more.

And events such as: South By South West; Zombie Walk Long Beach; Ladyfest L.A.; MethodFest Film Festival; Grrrl Fair; Ladyfest IE; Riot Grrrl Carnival; Garth's Jelly Donut: No Stairway; Reading to Kids; First Fridays Long Beach; Anaheim Art Walk; Dia del Ninos; Orange County Go Girls Fest; Twilight Walk; EXPO CHN Conference; Green is Greater Long Beach Festival; Al Borde's Escuela de Rock;

The Potential Lunatics released their first underground and grungy EP "Eating Paste" Jan 2009.

Their highly anticipated first record "Well Trained Youngsters" was released June 2011.
The record release party brought a large crowd of ecstatic fans, wearing 1950's style clothing!

They went on their first tour in the Spring of 2012, from Los Angeles, Ca to Seattle, Washington

Their 2nd tour was a Southwest tour to play at SXSW, March 2013

Their second full length album "Dizzy Spells and Garden Talk" was released Aug 2014.. The release party was a Fairy Tale fantasy with giant mushrooms, huge flowers and people shaped trees..


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