Love Your Local Band: Dickless Juli

Dickless Juli play Monday, July 25 at the Blue Lagoon.

If the name offends you, don’t worry—the music will, too.

‘Fallopian Dudes’ was the only runner-up band name for ska/surf/punk trio Dickless Juli. Their song titles and lyrical content are equally cheeky: “Reptar Stomp,” “Questions My Mom Asks Me,” “Indo Bored,” and “Nike Don’t Surf” are just a few.

Both UCSC grads, Tyler Engel and Joey Parks grew up together in San Pedro; they met Juliana Mireles in 2013, while working at a bourgie country-club restaurant. “She told me that she loved metal music and only played drums with a double-bass pedal,” Engel recalled. “I laughed in her face. Like, I actually laughed, in her face.”

Dickless Juli shows are energetic, unpredictable and cathartic. The band celebrated Pride 2015 in Dolores Park, where they dragged all of their equipment, including a generator, to play a three-hour set to a crowd of 200 people. Audience members joined them onstage to sing Jimi Hendrix covers.

A photo taken during a house show on Bay Street is the cover for their debut album, H.A.R.D. (as in, “Has A Real Dick”). “At the end of that show I was dripping sweat,”

Juli says. “It was so hot in there. People were moshing, all the doors and windows were closed ’cause they didn’t want the cops to get called. We started late after Joey locked my keys in my car; I had set up my drums, but hadn’t gotten my sticks out. He got a friend to jimmy the window, but I was so mad at him. I was so mad, and Joey and Tyler discovered that Juli plays better drums when she’s pissed! After that they started picking fights with me before every show.” 

INFO: 9 p.m. Monday, July 25. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, $5. 423-7117.


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