It will never happen. No one...and I mean no one...will ever accuse Vivian Girls
of sounding too complex, too experimental, or too damn arty. No one will ever say, "those gals are just too out there" for me. Theirs is a style that'll likely never stray too far from the mess of vaporous guitars, fragmented and clunky bass lines, or drums that ride the straight and narrow any time soon.
So of course it's no surprise that this, their video for "When I'm Gone (In the Red)", keeps it simple as well. An empty house, some fiery sunlight shooting through the doors and windows, a few stylized, profile over lays of the band; that's about all the girls muster up in this video. - David Pitz
Swirling noise Brooklynites, Vivian Girls released their sophomore album via In The Red on September 8th, 2009.
Released almost exactly a year after In The Reds reissue of their self-titled debut, the new album, Everything Goes Wrong, promises to be slightly longer than the 22 mins their debut clocked in at with the band having taken their time and recorded it in six days - rather than the three their debut took -- though many of the songs were still recorded in single takes.
Whilst the band have again captured their raw, fun edge - as the influence of 60s girl groups, The Ramones as well as surf and indie pop, still ring true, Everything Goes Wrong is without a doubt a darker, moodier album than its predecessor; a trait which arguably makes the band an even more appealing proposition this time round.
With their My Love Will Follow Me single (released in February 2010), the Girls sound continues to evolve with a more poppy, vocal-heavy approach.
In April 2011, Vivian Girls will release their third full-length (and Polyvinyl debut) Share the Joy. Recorded at Rear House, the home studio run by Jarvis Taveniere (of the Brooklyn combo Woods), who engineered the album.
The ten-song Share the Joy finds the threesome guitarist/vocalist Cassie Ramone, bassist/vocalist Kickball Katy and new drummer Fiona Campbell continuing to evolve and expand -- sharpening and refining their transcendent mix of garage thrash, girl-group warmth and infectious pop hooksmanship.
"It's cleaner and more hi-fi than the previous records," Cassie says of Share the Joy. "The sound is more open, more free.
"Share the Joy has the most diverse batch of songs of any of our albums," Cassie observes. "I feel like these songs are more expansive; a lot of the themes and lyrics are less direct than other albums. These songs focus a lot on the themes of alienation, reconciliation, identity, and trying to figure out what really matters in life. It's a dark album, but unlike our first two albums, it has a happy ending.
"Our music continues to get more and more defined and developed, but it's never going to be completely polished," Cassie asserts, adding, "A thing I like about our band is that we seem to mean different things to different people."