It was a night of women rockers who found their next gig at Loaded in Hollywood that was complete with great rock music that was loud, tough and ‘satan-fingers’ inducing. Presented by local promoter, Metal Sanaz, the lineup included Synn, Cat Bondage Show (Burlesque), Stereo Love, Electra, Love Like Suicide and Edge of Paradise. We caught up with Electra Barakos outside on the mean streets of Hollywood Boulevard to chat about her music, career and the show up ahead.
Electra grew up in a musical family and at a young age was taught piano by her grandmother later attended a performing arts high school in Greece. Always inspired by her dad, an incredible musician in his own right, her fiancé and drummer, Dan Welby, jams alongside her dad, Yanni Barakos (bass) and Hyland Church on guitar. While there may be some head butting between daughter and dad, Electra is glad to have someone like him by her side, “it’s fun to rock out with him.” Electra was introduced to Toto and Dream Theater by her dad but is also a fan of Muse, Led Zeppelin and rocks very hard with her tonal variations on her latest album, These Times.
Electra’s passion for her music and her fans was apparent during her performance at Loaded in Hollywood. She opened her set with “Tomorrow’s Not There,” a song about, “Living life to the fullest because what if tomorrow’s not there? Living life with no regrets.” The set list included the tough ballad “You Are” and the ferocious rock anthem, “I Gotta Go.” The set list was capped with an incredible cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Church shredded the solo while the bass line rumbled throughout the track. Welby kept the drums on check while Electra wailed on the vocals. The room exploded with shouts from the audience singing along. The cover extended to add some personal flair by the band and wrangled the crowd for one last fist-pump as they eventually circled back to wrap up the song.
The group was electric as the four poured out every blood, sweat and tears into that show. The fans loved the music delivered by Electra and will be waiting through rain, sleek or snow to watch her again. With touring and new music on the horizon, Electra puts on a show that changes the way listeners think of rock music. The incredible collection of artist at this Hollywood show proved that rock will always rule and kicking ass is what some musicians do best.
Tomorrow’s Not There
I Gotta Go
I Can’t Breathe
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)