Vivian Girls

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Vivian Girls
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Vivian Girls at The Market Hotel, Brooklyn, 2008
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, dream pop, noise pop, lo-fi
Years active 2007–2014
Labels Polyvinyl, In the Red
Associated acts La Sera, The Babies, Upset
Website viviangirls.net
Members Cassie Ramone
"Kickball Katy" Goodman
Ali Koehler
Past members Fiona Campbell
Frankie Rose

Vivian Girls were an American band from Brooklyn, New York.

History[edit]

Vivian Girls, named after the magnum opus of outsider author Henry Darger, started in Brooklyn, NY in March 2007 as the trio of Cassie Ramone (guitar/vocals); Katy "Kickball Katy" Goodman[1] (bass/drums/vocals); and Frankie Rose (drums/bass/vocals).[2] While only a band for a short while, they recorded a demo which included five original songs and a Wipers cover, and began to play locally in Brooklyn and Katy (Kickball Katy) and Cassie's home state of New Jersey.[3] Within the first couple of months they had already developed a strong local following, supporting acts like Jay Reatard, Sonic Youth and the King Khan & BBQ Show as well as finding kindred spirits in other locals like Cause Co-Motion!, Crystal Stilts, and Woods, with whom they’ve shared many bills and helped develop a local scene. The band is still very much connected to their home scene.[4]

In March 2008 they released the "Wild Eyes" single on the Plays With Dolls label.[5] With very little promotion and distribution the single became an underground indie hit as it charted on many college radio playlists and garnered positive reviews on the internet.[6] Recorded in the same session, their debut self-titled LP was released by the Mauled by Tigers label, whose initial pressing of the LP sold out in ten days.[7] During this time, the group signed with In The Red Records who released a new single in August 2008.[8] In The Red re-released the Mauled by Tigers record on LP and CD formats in October 2008.[9]

In July 2008 the band underwent a lineup change with new drummer Ali Koehler replacing Frankie Rose.[10] The band then went on an extensive tour that saw them visit the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Puerto Rico in two months.[11] Their second album, Everything Goes Wrong was released by In The Red in September 2009. [12] In May of 2010 Fiona Campbell of Coasting replaced Ali Koehler becoming Vivian Girls third drummer. With her they have toured with their third album "Share The Joy" to Europe, UK, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and the US. Fiona is native to New Zealand and previously played there in a band called The Coolies.

Katy Goodman (Kickball Katy) formed a side project with Cat Power's Gregg Foreman named All Saints Day, the band has digitally released one self-titled EP. She now has a solo project La Sera. Cassie Ramone has a side project called The Babies with Woods bassist Kevin Morby. They have released two studio albums in 2011 and 2012. Fiona Campbell also plays in Coasting and Chain & The Gang, and is co-owner of M'Lady's Records.

The band also featured on the track 'Worse to Come' on noise pop band Male Bonding's debut album Nothing Hurts.

Vivian Girls' third album Share the Joy was released in spring 2011 by Polyvinyl Record Co., home to of Montreal, Japandroids, and Deerhoof among others.[13]

In January 2014, the band announced they were breaking up, featuring two last shows at The Church on York in Los Angeles, and Death by Audio in Brooklyn.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top Heat
[15]
2008 Vivian Girls
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Mauled by Tigers/In The Red
44
2009 Everything Goes Wrong
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: September 8, 2009
  • Label: In The Red
2011 Share the Joy
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: April 11, 2011
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records Co.

EPs[edit]

Date Title Format Details
2008 Live on the Radio (WFMU 9/1/2008) CD 150 Hand-Numbered Copies
2009 Live on the Radio (WFMU 9/1/2008) LP 1000

Singles[edit]

Date Single Backed with Record label Format Other details
2008 Wild Eyes My Baby Wants Me Dead Plays With Dolls / Wild World 7" single 4000 copies
2008 Tell the World I Believe in Nothing & Damaged Woodsist 7" single 3,000 copies
2008 I Can't Stay Blind Spot In the Red 7" single 2,000 copies
2008 Surfin Away & Second Date Girl Don't Tell Me (Wilson) Wild World 7" single 1000 copies
2009 Moped Girls Death For Us 7" single 1500 copies
2010 My Love Will Follow Me He's Gone (The Chantels Cover) Wild World 7" single 2000 copies
2011 I Heard You Say I Won't Be Long Polyvinyl 7" single RSD 2000 copies

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweaty Hands: Brickbreaker « The FADER". Thefader.com. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Vivian Girls | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ "The Agit Reader • Feature: Vivian Girls". Agitreader.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Josiah. "The Rise and Rise of Vivian Girls", Exclaim!, September 2009.
  5. ^ "SMASHIN' TRANSISTORS: VIVIAN GIRLS "Wild Eyes" and "Tell The World" 7inches". Smashintransistors.blogspot.com. 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Vivian Girls". Gorilla Vs. Bear. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "gorillavsbear.net: new vivian girls :: "i can't stay"". Gorillavsbear.blogspot.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "Vivian Girls at Silent Barn + Dan Friel at Dead Herring | Scene and Heard Photos". Impose Magazine. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  11. ^ May, Hana (2009-05-04). "Vivian Girls: Cool Dude Attitude". hearty magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  12. ^ Amy Granzin, Vivian Girls: Vivian Girls, Pitchfork Media, October 3, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  13. ^ "Vivian Girls Sign to Polyvinyl | News". Pitchfork. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  14. ^ "Vivian Girls Break Up". Pitchfork. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/vivian-girls-mw0000799370/awards

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