La Sera

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La Sera
La Sera performing at Bowery Ballroom in New York, 2012
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Indie rock, noise pop, dream pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Hardly Art, Polyvinyl Record Co.
Associated acts Vivian Girls, Whispertown 2000
Members Katy Goodman
Todd Wisenbaker
Past members Brady Hall
Rob Barbato
Daniel Gomez

La Sera is an American indie rock band formed by Katy Goodman, the former bassist of Vivian Girls, in 2010.[1][2] They have released four albums and toured internationally.


La Sera, whose name means "the evening" in Italian,[3] started in 2010, with Goodman writing songs and Brady Hall producing.[4] The video for their first single "Never Come Around" was released on Halloween 2010.[5] Following the release of their self-titled debut album in February 2011, La Sera toured the US with Tennis and Europe with Jenny Lewis.[6]

La Sera's second studio album Sees the Light, released in March 2012, was produced by Rob Barbato (Darker My Love). The first song on the record, "Love That's Gone", is featured in the music video game Rocksmith 2014.[7] Following the release of Sees the Light, the band toured the US with Father John Misty.[8] In 2012, Todd Wisenbaker joined the band, which at that time also included Nate Lotz on drums and Greta Morgan on rhythm guitar. Around the same time, Goodman moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.[9]

La Sera released their third album Hour of the Dawn in May 2014. It was produced by Todd Wisenbaker (Whispertown 2000, Jenny and Johnny) and engineered by Joel Jerome (Babies on Acid, Dios) during the summer of 2013.[9][10] In contrast to previous records, Goodman worked with the other band members on the songs, noting that they "all worked on the new record for about a year, writing and editing".[9] During production, the band decided to make the album's "sound to be '80s rock. The Smiths, The Pretenders".[11] Wisenbaker contributed the song "10 Headed Goat Wizard" and described the album as "a classic American record".[12] The critical reaction described Hour of the Dawn as having "new-found optimism".[9]

La Sera toured with Kate Nash and The Julie Ruin in Fall 2013 to promote the album.[13][14][15] After the album's release, the band did a full European tour with Springtime Carnivore, ending at Primavera Festival.[16][17] La Sera also did a West Coast tour with King Tuff, and the show on November 6, 2014 was filmed to be on Last Call with Carson Daly.[18] Three songs were aired on Last Call on March 17, 2015: "Please Be My Third Eye," "Fall in Place," and "10 Headed Goat Wizard." [19] The music video for "Fall in Place" was premiered by Entertainment Weekly on June 11, 2014.[20]

In March 2016, La Sera released the Ryan Adams-produced Music For Listening To Music To through Polyvinyl.[21] The album's release was preceded by the single "High Notes" in December 2015.[22] The album's second single, "I Need an Angel", was released in March 2016.[23]

Goodman worked with Greta Morgan on a collection of punk covers with '60s pop arrangements that was released as Take It, It's Yours through Polyvinyl in August 2016.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Goodman is originally from New Jersey.[9]

She is married to Todd Wisenbaker and lives in Los Angeles.[21]

Technical career[edit]

Goodman has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's in education of physics from Rutgers,[26] and took a degree in computer science and works as a part-time coder for CASH Music.[27][28]

She recently developed a Game of Thrones name-generator application. It was rejected by the Apple app store.[29]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Top Heat
La Sera
Sees the Light
  • Released: March 27, 2012
  • Label: Hardly Art, Burger
  • Formats: CD, LP, MC, digital download
Hour of the Dawn
  • Released: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Hardly Art
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Music for Listening to Music to
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Label: Polyvinyl
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download


Title Year Album
"Never Come Around"[31] 2010 La Sera
"Devils Hearts Grow Gold"[32] 2011 N/A

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Never Come Around" 2010 Brady Hall[33]
"Devils Hearts Grow Gold" 2011 Sean Tillmann[34]
"Please Be My Third Eye" 2012 Vice Cooler[35]
"Real Boy"/"Drive On" Travis Peterson[36]
"Break My Heart" Cassandra Lee Hamilton[37]
"Fall In Place" 2014 Michael Erik Nikolla[38]
"10 Headed Goat Wizard" 2015 Jason Lester[39]
"High Notes" 2016 Jason Lester[40]
"I Need An Angel" 2016 Jason Lester[41]


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  2. ^ Perpetua, Matthew. "Artist to Watch: La Sera's Sweet, Dreamy Pop", Rolling Stone
  3. ^
  4. ^ Caramanica, Jon. "Indie Scene’s Uncomplicated Side", The New York Times, New York, 18 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Never Come Around Video", YouTube
  6. ^ Neyland, Nick. "Tennis Announce Dates with La Sera", Prefix Mag
  7. ^ 'Rocksmith 2014 Edition Song List', Rocksmith
  8. ^ Brooklyn Vegan. "Father John Misty played MHOW and Bowery Ballroom with La Sera", Brooklyn Vegan
  9. ^ a b c d e Collini, Eleonora (June 5, 2014). "La Sera interviewed: "You need to go out in the world and experience new things."". The 405. The 405 Ltd. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  10. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Katy Goodman reveals new album as La Sera", Exclaim Magazine
  11. ^ Constas, Bailey (May 7, 2014). "Interview: Katy Goodman (La Sera)". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ "Hardly Art - La Sera". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  13. ^ Anderson, Stacy. "Kate Nash and La Sera", The New York Times
  14. ^ Garbutt, Lauren. "Photos of Kate Nash and La Sera in Toronto", Aesthetic Magazine
  15. ^ Hardwick, Dakin. "Show Review: The Julie Ruin with La Sera at Slim's", Spinning Platters
  16. ^ Kaplan, Ilana. 'La Sera Lets the Light in', Interview Magazine
  17. ^ Spin. "La Sera's Katy Goodman is Losing to the Dark of Druggie Love", Spin Magazine
  18. ^ M B L. "Giants Party! with King Tuff and La Sera at Great American Music Hall", The Bay Bridged
  19. ^ [1],
  20. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. "La Sera's 'Fall in Place'", Entertainment Weekly
  21. ^ a b "Being Katy Goodman: A Conversation with La Sera". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  22. ^ "La Sera Share "High Notes", Reveal Details of Ryan Adams-Produced New Album". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  23. ^ "Watch La Sera's "I Need an Angel" Video". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  24. ^ "Take It, It's Yours". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  25. ^ "Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – "Bastards Of Young" (The Replacements Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)". 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  26. ^ Meek, Andy (2015-03-09). "Not That Kind Of Python: How An Indie Rock Star Became A Coder". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  27. ^ Bogan, Daniel. "The Setup / Katy Goodman". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  28. ^ Brown, Harley (March 25, 2015). "CASH Music Launches New Platform, Adds La Sera's Katy Goodman as Developer". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  29. ^ "Not That Kind Of Python: How An Indie Rock Star Became A Coder". Fast Company. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  30. ^ "La Sera - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  31. ^ "Never Come Around". Discogs. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  32. ^ "Devils Hearts Grow Gold". Discogs. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  33. ^ "The 10 Best Videos Of The Week". Stereogum. October 29, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  34. ^ Young, Alex (March 2, 2011). "La Sera – "Devils Hearts Grow Gold"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  35. ^ Goble, Corban (January 24, 2012). "La Sera – "Please Be My Third Eye" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  36. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 26, 2012). "La Sera – "Real Boy"/"Drive On" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  37. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 17, 2012). "La Sera – "Break My Heart" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  38. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 12, 2014). "La Sera – "Fall In Place" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  39. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 4, 2015). "La Sera – "10 Headed Goat Wizard" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  40. ^ Claymore, Gabriela (January 26, 2016). "La Sera – "High Notes" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  41. ^ Staff, Pitchfork (March 3, 2016). "La Sera – "I Need An Angel" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 3, 2016.