Tijuana Sweetheart (formerly known as VAGIANT and VAGIANT Boston) was an American all-female punk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was initially formed in 2005 by four employees of the gaming company Harmonix after Helen McWilliams (stage name Hellion) sent around an email to the entire company. Since forming, the band has gone under several member changes leaving McWilliams and LoWreck as the only remaining original members. Most of their notoriety has come from the inclusion of "Fuck the Kells" (censored "FTK") in Guitar Hero II and "Seven" in Rock Band.
In October 2009, the band announced it was changing its name from "VAGIANT" to "VAGIANT Boston". It also announced the release of a new album, Trash Candy. Later they asked their fans to help them come up with a new name for the band. After hundreds of often off-beat band name suggestions from fans, the band selected Tijuana Sweetheart in January 2010 - a name which comes from a cocktail of the girls' invention (and from the band's unique slang term for a prostitute).
Tijuana Sweetheart's music features a fast paced, high energy punk rock base. Stylistically and vocally they are akin to Joan Jett and The Distillers, while lyrically coming off as abrasive and blunt as their sound. Their lyrics are occasionally highly sexual, and often pertain to both genders. Tijuana Sweetheart is a staple band for the Boston area and even features landmarks such as The Kells in their music, and have performed live with such bands as Bang Camaro, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, DMZ, and the Ducky Boys
In 2009 and 2011, they were nominated for the Boston Music Award of Punk Act of the Year.
The song "Trash Candy" from their album of the same name was published for the Rock Band Network on 23 March 2010, and was later played over the end credits of the video game Rock Band 3.
Tijuana Sweetheart competed in the preliminary round of the 2011 WZLX Rock N Roll Rumble held April 4 at TT the Bear's Place in Cambridge.
The ladies of Tijuana Sweetheart performed their farewell show on June 2, 2012 at O'Briens Pub in Allston, MA.
Hellion - Vocals,
LoWreck - Drums,
Julie Two-Times - Bass,
Keri M. - Lead Guitar
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