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Vivian Girls bid Farewell to L.A. with a final jam-packed performance at the Church on York | Grimy Goods


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Vivian Girls bid us farewell this past Friday with a very special final performance at the Church on York in Highland Park. Colleen Green opened up the evening with a rad performance, per usual. Warming up the crowd with her catchy garage pop, fans seemed to really get into her grooves. She was a perfect appetizer for what would be an incredible main course. Vivian Girls blasted out a fierce farewell performance for their Los Angeles fans. The newly established Church on York had never been this packed. Making music since 2007, Vivian Girls’ performance was a bit emotional for fans and friends considering this was their final Los Angeles performance. The Girls and the crowd went out with bang. With tons of musicians, fans and industry peep amongst the audience — everyone cut loose and danced, stage-dived, crowd-surfed and pretty much did everything possible to show their devotion to the Vivian Girls. Making their fans even happier, Vivian Girls came out soon after their set to take photos with fans and do signings.

Vivian Girls put on one hell-of-a farewell performance, and damn was it packed!

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The Vivian Girls’ Final Show in L.A.! | West Coast Sound | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly

Photo by Leonard Drorian

Photo by Leonard Drorian

By Mon, Feb 17, 2014

Vivian Girls, Colleen Green, Aquadolls
The Church on York
February 14, 2014

As Vivian Girls departed the stage, bidding farewell after their final show in L.A., The Church on York was covered in a bed of crushed rose petals and heart-shaped candy. It was as if a hand grenade had exploded in a flower shop.

It was Valentine’s Day and the church was decorated like an enchanted 1950s prom; the white decorations and blinking red roses glowed behind heavy doses of artificial fog. (Don’t forget all the sexual tension.) But there was nothing syrupy about the concert, where a lunatic fringe of daredevil fans violated a church altar to say they were there, one last time, to see the Vivian Girls.

Six years after the release of their game-changing debut LP, guitarist Cassie Ramone, drummer Ali Koehler, and bassist Kickball Katy announced their breakup in January. What brought it on? One would imagine that a lack of ambition – their most endearing quality – and side projects by each member. During their time, the specific retro sound they pioneered was taken on by the more ambitious and popular Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast.

But it was the Vivian Girls who started it all in a Brooklyn loft in 2007, when Cassie Ramone and Frankie Rose (their original drummer), exchanged phone numbers on a tortilla chip. Their three-part girl group, with their harmonies and fuzzy guitars, channeled Spector’s wall of sound, with the simplicity of the Ramones – a sound you can hear in the L.A. indie scene with Bleached,  Peach Kelli Pop, Aquadolls, and countless others influenced by the Vivian Girls.

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New La Sera album “Hour of the Dawn” is out May 13 on Hardly Art Records

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Hour of the Dawn

01. Losing to the Dark
02. Summer of Love
03. Running Wild
04. Fall in Place
05. All My Love is For You
06. Hour of the Dawn
07. Kiss This Town Away
08. Control
09. 10 Headed Goat Wizard
10. Storm’s End

In the summer of 2013, La Sera decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn—an album that never walks, but runs; a collision of unleashed punk and ‘80s power-pop. Hour of the Dawn, as its title suggests, heralds the beginning of a radiant and energetic new chapter in the evolution of La Sera.


Catalog #: HAR-082
Release date: May 13, 2014


As La Sera, Katy Goodman turned an aching heart into two marvelous, alluring yet bittersweet break-up albums (2011’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Sees the Light). On her latest, though, the former Vivian Girl is through crying.

Hour of the Dawn sees Goodman waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day.

“I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” Goodman says. “I didn’t want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band.” To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker.

“We started playing faster, louder and more aggressively,” Goodman says. “I wanted to get that energy onto the album.”

The forceful new La Sera line-up set about fleshing out Goodman’s melodies and lyrics into strapping rock anthems, debuting them to enthusiastic crowds on tour, and refining them with a newfound obsession to detail.

After a year of perfecting their new material, La Sera was ready to commit it to tapeIn the summer of 2013, the group decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn—an album that never walks, but runs, a collision of unleashed punk and ‘80s power-pop.

“We wanted to make a classic American record,” Wisenbaker says. “The album was inspired by a lot of bands: The Pretenders, Minor Threat, X, The Smiths, The Cars and more.”

The sound that emerged from these disparate influences combined hardcore energy with tuneful harmony, as exemplified by opening track “Losing to the Dark.” Title track “Hour of the Dawn,” meanwhile, rides a steady groove towards a long horizon of sunrise. It’s the record’s thematic center: a final wave goodbye to a messy past and the beginning of a new day. In a burst of bright, immediate and jangly Smiths-inspired pop, “Fall in Place” captures La Sera at an emotional and musical crossroads.

Hour of the Dawn, as its title suggests, heralds the beginning of a radiant and energetic new chapter in La Sera’s evolution—the summit of Goodman’s steady ascent to rock and roll queendom.


Listen: Frankie Rose’s New Band Beverly: “Honey Do” | News | Pitchfork

1149353_621989421155184_184307858_o“Ex-Crystal Stilts/Vivian Girls drummer Frankie Rose released her latest solo record, Herein Wild, last year. She is also currently playing in a duo called Beverly—which doesn’t seem too far from the girl-group guitar-pop of Frankie Rose and the Outs. The new band features Frankie on drums with Drew Citron on guitar; hear their first single “Honey Do” above.

“Honey Do” will be on Beverly’s upcoming debut LP, out this summer through Kanine. It will also be on a new compilation from the label, Non Violent Femmes, out April 19 for Record Store Day on pink vinyl. The comp features songs from Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome, Eternal Summers, and Bleeding Rainbow, among others.”

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