She might not be much for flashy costumes or wanky solos, but over the past seven years, Cassie Ramone (neé Grzymkowski) has become an increasingly influential figure on the national indie rock scene, a musician whose embrace of her imperfections is one of her greatest strengths. While indie culture often tries to squeeze female performers into one of a few archetypes—the golden-voiced nymph, the feminist warrior—Ramone’s musical persona resists easy categorization, sounding at turns strong and weak, happy and sad, melodic and noisy—an everyday guitar hero in scuffed-up Converse sneaks whose main superpower, besides writing catchy tunes, is being true to herself.”
The first night was at my favourite venue, Death By Audio, a perfect match from their DIY beginnings. That they decided to play here instead of a much larger venue, which they surely could have, definitely seemed like a treat to long-term fans.
Opening the night was Juan Wauters of The Beets. I’ve seen Juan on various bills over the last year and I think this was his best set (I’ve found the others hit and miss, truth be told). Maybe it was because I wasn’t standing around waiting endlessly for the flags and lightbulbs to get set up like normal and was enjoying a beer instead, or maybe playing solo as opposed to a two or three-piece strips the songs down in a more endearing way.”
“It’s not unfair to think that I’m currently surrounded by the biggest Vivian Girls fans in New York City, fans who know all the words to “Wild Eyes” and have crammed into Death By Audio on a Saturday night to watch what will be the band’s second-to-last show before breaking up. Even so, there’s a limit to their intensity—there’s movement and some mild moshing up front, but not really until the band directs the crowd to get on with it. “Feel free to dance,” bassist Katy Goodman says; “I want to see a circle pit!” singer Cassie Ramone follows. And lo, she does: the tension in the room is uncorked as fans start jostling into each other, with some crowdsurfing and even stage diving in sweaty repudiation of the frigid evening.”
“This weekend, The Vivian Girls play their very last shows ever. Their band was born in Brooklyn, so it’s fitting that they’re going to wrapping things up, there, too, with a pair of shows: one Saturday at Death By Audio and one Sunday at Baby’s All Right.
The Vivian Girls: Katy “Kickball Katy” Goodman, Cassie Ramone, and Ali Koehler (originally Frankie Rose) were a big part of Brooklyn’s now officially 100% dead DiY scene. Silly, punky, approachable, enjoyable, and strangely super appealing to young teenagers, the band was the absolute best of what Brooklyn had to offer in those days (2007 ~ 2010). The picture on their Wikipedia page is from Market Hotel, for god’s sake.”
Read the interview: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2014/02/remembering_vivian_girls.php
05.08.14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
05.10.14 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right
05.14.14 – Hamburg, DE – Astra Stube
05.15.14 – Copenhagen, DK – Huset-KBH !
05.16.14 – Olso, NO – Vanguard !
05.17.14 – Gothenberg, SE – Pustervik !
05.19.14 – Berlin, DE – Monarch
05.20.14 – Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
05.21.14 – Belgium, BE – Kultuurkafee !
05.23.14 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill !
05.24.14 – Leeds, UK – Wardrobe !
05.25.14 – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar !
05.26.14 – Paris, FR – Point Ephemere !
05.27.14 – Bordeaux, FR – I.Boat !
05.30.14 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
05.31.14 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
! – w/ Springtime Carnivore
[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]
Oh, the Vivian Girls. You know you’ve been around awhile when you have witnessed the entire life cycle of a band like this. It wasn’t that long ago, to us, that our then-young site was covering an up-and-coming all-female band at places like the East Village Radio Fest and some extremely random ToddP venues. Pretty soon, like any good little band that could, the Vivs were playing spots like Bowery Ballroom. They were loved, yet not universally so, and maybe that’s as clear a sign as any that they mattered. As so eloquently summed up in Jenn Pelly’s comprehensive Pitchfork piece, if you didn’t like the band because they were “lo fi”, if you didn’t like the band because they weren’t avant-garde or music school enough, well, that’s on you. The Vivs wrote good songs. They wrote songs that sounded good in the spaces where their people were, in shitty apartments and on shitty rented PAs and, yes, on those shitty white iPhone headphones, by then ubiquitous. In their moment, as an all-female guitar band, they broke ceilings, too.
Check out “Losing the Dark,” the first single from La Sera’s forthcoming album Hour of the Dawn (due out May 13 via Hardly Art). As promised, it’s both sweet and down and dirty. Download the track via the handy Soundcloud stream below. Further down the page, behold—tour dates.