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Vivian Girls

For other uses, see Vivian Girls (disambiguation).

Vivian Girls are an American band from Brooklyn, New York. The only consistent members have been Cassie Ramone and Katy Goodman, on guitar and bass respectively, whereas the group had several drummers throughout its history. They took their name from a book by Henry Darger.

Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls at The Market Hotel, Brooklyn, 2008
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresIndie rock, dream pop, noise pop, lo-fi
Years active2007–2014, 2019–present
LabelsPolyvinyl, In the Red
Associated actsLa Sera, The Babies, Upset
Websiteviviangirls.net
MembersCassie Ramone
"Kickball Katy" Goodman
Ali Koehler
Past membersFiona Campbell
Frankie Rose

Contents

2007–2014

Vivian Girls, named after the magnum opus of outsider author artist Henry Darger (titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion), started in Brooklyn, NY in March 2007 as the trio of Cassie Ramone (guitar/vocals); Katy "Kickball Katy" Goodman (bass/drums/vocals); and Frankie Rose (drums/bass/vocals). 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 and Cassie's home state of New Jersey. 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.

In March 2008 they released the "Wild Eyes" single on the Plays With Dolls label. 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. 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. During this time, the group signed with In The Red Records who released a new single in August 2008. In The Red re-released the Mauled by Tigers record on LP and CD formats in October 2008.

In July 2008 the band underwent a lineup change with new drummer Ali Koehler replacing Frankie Rose. 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.

Their second album, Everything Goes Wrong was released by In The Red in September 2009. In May 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 formed a side project with Cat Power's Gregg Foreman named All Saints Day, and 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..

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. They reunited in October 2015 to play two songs at bassist "Kickball" Katy Goodman's wedding.

2019–present

On July 17, 2019, Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler announced the band's reformation alongside a new full-length album called Memory to be released in September. It was recorded in 2018 with producer Rob Barbato. On August 14, 2019, a music video for the song 'Something To Do', directed by Jason Lester, was released. On September 10, 2019, a music video for the song 'Sludge', directed by Alex Ross Perry, was released.

Past members

Albums

Year Album information Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top Heat
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
31
2011 Share the Joy
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: April 11, 2011
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records Co.
20
2019 Memory
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: September 20, 2019
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records Co.
17

EPs

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

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 (The Daisy Chain cover) In the Red 7" single 2,000 copies
2008 Surfin Away & Second Date Girl Don't Tell Me (Brian 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

  1. "The Agit Reader • Feature: Vivian Girls". Agitreader.com. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  2. [1] Archived August 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Sweaty Hands: Brickbreaker « The FADER". Thefader.com. 2010-02-01. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  4. "Vivian Girls | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  5. Hughes, Josiah. "The Rise and Rise of Vivian Girls", Exclaim!, September 2009.
  6. "SMASHIN' TRANSISTORS: VIVIAN GIRLS "Wild Eyes" and "Tell The World" 7inches". Smashintransistors.blogspot.com. 2008-06-27. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  7. "Vivian Girls". Gorilla Vs. Bear. 2008-06-03. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  8. "gorillavsbear.net: new vivian girls :: "i can't stay"". Gorillavsbear.blogspot.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  9. [2] Archived August 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. "Vivian Girls at Silent Barn + Dan Friel at Dead Herring | Scene and Heard Photos". Impose Magazine. 2008-08-07. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  11. May, Hana (2009-05-04). "Vivian Girls: Cool Dude Attitude". hearty magazine. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  12. Amy Granzin, Vivian Girls: Vivian Girls Archived 2008-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, Pitchfork Media, October 3, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  13. "Vivian Girls Sign to Polyvinyl | News". Pitchfork. 2010-09-16. Retrieved2012-02-23.
  14. "Vivian Girls Break Up". Pitchfork. 2014-01-22. Retrieved2014-01-22.
  15. "Vivian Girls Announce Breakup and Farewell Shows". SPIN. 2014-01-22. RetrievedNovember 25, 2014.
  16. "Photo". Facebook. Retrieved2015-12-12.
  17. Exposito, Suzy (23 July 2019). "The Vivian Girls Come Out Swinging". Rolling Stone.
  18. Rettig, James (17 July 2019). "Vivian Girls Announce Reunion Album Memory: Hear "Sick"". Stereogum.
  19. Exposito, Suzy (14 August 2019). "See Vivian Girls Run Wild in New "Something to Do" Video". Rolling Stone.
  20. "Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls | Awards". AllMusic. 2008-09-30. Retrieved2015-12-12.
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Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls Language Watch Edit For other uses see Vivian Girls disambiguation Vivian Girls are an American band from Brooklyn New York The only consistent members have been Cassie Ramone and Katy Goodman on guitar and bass respectively whereas the group had several drummers throughout its history They took their name from a book by Henry Darger 1 2 Vivian GirlsVivian Girls at The Market Hotel Brooklyn 2008Background informationOriginBrooklyn New York United StatesGenresIndie rock dream pop noise pop lo fiYears active2007 2014 2019 presentLabelsPolyvinyl In the RedAssociated actsLa Sera The Babies UpsetWebsiteviviangirls wbr netMembersCassie Ramone Kickball Katy Goodman Ali KoehlerPast membersFiona Campbell Frankie Rose Contents 1 History 1 1 2007 2014 1 2 2019 present 2 Band members 3 Discography 3 1 Albums 3 2 EPs 3 3 Singles 3 4 Compilation appearances 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksHistory Edit2007 2014 Edit Vivian Girls named after the magnum opus of outsider author artist Henry Darger titled The Story of the Vivian Girls in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal of the Glandeco Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion started in Brooklyn NY in March 2007 as the trio of Cassie Ramone guitar vocals Katy Kickball Katy Goodman 3 bass drums vocals and Frankie Rose drums bass vocals 4 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 and Cassie s home state of New Jersey 1 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 amp 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 5 In March 2008 they released the Wild Eyes single on the Plays With Dolls label 6 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 7 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 2 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 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 formed a side project with Cat Power s Gregg Foreman named All Saints Day and 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 amp 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 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 15 They reunited in October 2015 to play two songs at bassist Kickball Katy Goodman s wedding 16 2019 present Edit On July 17 2019 Cassie Ramone Katy Goodman and Ali Koehler announced the band s reformation alongside a new full length album called Memory to be released in September 17 It was recorded in 2018 with producer Rob Barbato 18 On August 14 2019 a music video for the song Something To Do directed by Jason Lester was released 19 On September 10 2019 a music video for the song Sludge directed by Alex Ross Perry was released Band members EditAli Koehler Cassie Ramone Kickball Katy GoodmanPast membersFiona Campbell Frankie RoseDiscography EditAlbums Edit Year Album information Chart positionsBillboard 200 Top Heat 20 2008 Vivian Girls 1st studio album Released September 30 2008 Label Mauled by Tigers In The Red 442009 Everything Goes Wrong 2nd studio album Released September 8 2009 Label In The Red 312011 Share the Joy 3rd studio album Released April 11 2011 Label Polyvinyl Records Co 202019 Memory 4th studio album Released September 20 2019 Label Polyvinyl Records Co 17EPs Edit Date Title Format Details2008 Live on the Radio WFMU 9 1 2008 CD 150 Hand Numbered Copies2009 Live on the Radio WFMU 9 1 2008 LP 1000Singles Edit Date Single Backed with Record label Format Other details2008 Wild Eyes My Baby Wants Me Dead Plays With Dolls Wild World 7 single 4000 copies2008 Tell the World I Believe in Nothing amp Damaged Woodsist 7 single 3 000 copies2008 I Can t Stay Blind Spot The Daisy Chain cover In the Red 7 single 2 000 copies2008 Surfin Away amp Second Date Girl Don t Tell Me Brian Wilson Wild World 7 single 1000 copies2009 Moped Girls Death For Us 7 single 1500 copies2010 My Love Will Follow Me He s Gone The Chantels cover Wild World 7 single 2000 copies2011 I Heard You Say I Won t Be Long Polyvinyl 7 single RSD 2000 copiesCompilation appearances Edit Live at KEXP Vol 5 I Can t Stay 2009 Methodist Leisure Inc freebie funcore punk compilation Short Attention Span Snack Attack Hardcore Mix 2009 Methodist The World s Lousy with Ideas Vol 8 Lake House 2009 Almost Ready Records Rough Trade Shops Indiepop 09 Moped Girls Cooperative Music 2009 We Were So Turned On A Tribute to David Bowie disc 1 John I m Only Dancing David Bowie cover 2010 Manimal Vinyl References Edit a b The Agit Reader Feature Vivian Girls Agitreader com Retrieved 2012 02 23 a b 1 Archived August 21 2008 at the Wayback Machine Sweaty Hands Brickbreaker The FADER Thefader com 2010 02 01 Retrieved 2012 02 23 Vivian Girls Gratis muziek tourneedata foto s video s Myspace com Retrieved 2012 02 23 Hughes Josiah The Rise and Rise of Vivian Girls Exclaim September 2009 SMASHIN TRANSISTORS VIVIAN GIRLS Wild Eyes and Tell The World 7inches Smashintransistors blogspot com 2008 06 27 Retrieved 2012 02 23 Vivian Girls Gorilla Vs Bear 2008 06 03 Archived from the original on 2012 07 24 Retrieved 2012 02 23 gorillavsbear net new vivian girls i can t stay Gorillavsbear blogspot com 2008 07 14 Retrieved 2012 02 23 2 Archived August 19 2008 at the Wayback Machine Vivian Girls at Silent Barn Dan Friel at Dead Herring Scene and Heard Photos Impose Magazine 2008 08 07 Retrieved 2012 02 23 May Hana 2009 05 04 Vivian Girls Cool Dude Attitude hearty magazine Retrieved 2012 02 23 Amy Granzin Vivian Girls Vivian Girls Archived 2008 11 08 at the Wayback Machine Pitchfork Media October 3 2008 Retrieved November 10 2008 Vivian Girls Sign to Polyvinyl News Pitchfork 2010 09 16 Retrieved 2012 02 23 Vivian Girls Break Up Pitchfork 2014 01 22 Retrieved 2014 01 22 Vivian Girls Announce Breakup and Farewell Shows SPIN 2014 01 22 Retrieved November 25 2014 Photo Facebook Retrieved 2015 12 12 Exposito Suzy 23 July 2019 The Vivian Girls Come Out Swinging Rolling Stone Rettig James 17 July 2019 Vivian Girls Announce Reunion Album Memory Hear Sick Stereogum Exposito Suzy 14 August 2019 See Vivian Girls Run Wild in New Something to Do Video Rolling Stone Vivian Girls Vivian Girls Awards AllMusic 2008 09 30 Retrieved 2015 12 12 Further reading EditAcoustic Session with They Shoot Music Don t They Podcast Interview with Cassie RamoneExternal links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Vivian Girls Official website Vivian Girls at Polyvinyl Record Co Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vivian Girls amp oldid 1052075882, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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