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The punk-pop band Upset began as the project of Ali Koehler, the former drummer for Vivian Girls and Best Coast. After leaving the latter band late in 2011, Koehler took some time to regroup and write some songs; after noticing that ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel was following her on Twitter, she struck up a friendship that turned into a musical collaboration. With Koehler on guitar and vocals, she and Schemel rounded out their lineup with Koehler's Vivian Girls bandmate (and La Sera founder) Katy Goodman on bass and La Sera's Jenn Prince on guitar. The band played its first show in January 2013, opening for Parquet Courts at the L.A. venue The Echo. When it came time to record their debut album, Upset worked with Kyle Gilbride (Swearin'). The results, She's Gone, were released by Don Giovanni late in 2013. After Prince's departure, guitarist Lauren Freeman (also of Benny the Jet Rodriguez) and Slutever bassist Rachel Gagliardi joined the band. This version of Upset worked with punk veteran Todd Congelliere on the '76 EP, which Lauren Records issued in 2015.~ Heather Phares