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, DiPiazza’s, Orange County Fair, Blood Orange Info Shop, Tribal Cafe, Viento Y Agua, Aquarium of the Pacific, Project Infest Warehouse, the Expo, Blue Cafe, Sam Ash, Beach Music and Anarchy Library.

And events such as: MethodFest Film Festival, Grrrl Fair, Ladyfest L.A., Ladyfest IE, Riot Grrrl Carnival, Garth’s Jelly Donut: No Stairway, Zombie Walk Long Beach, First Fridays Long Beach, Anaheim Art Walk, Orange County Go Girls Fest, Twilight Walk, 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!

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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