Although Vivian Girls had been largely inactive since 2011, in January the Brooklyn/L.A.-based punk trio announced plans to officially break up. As Line of Best Fit points out, some footage from their second-to-last show, at Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio, has surfaced. Watch Vivian Girls play “All the Time” and “No” from their 2008 self-titled debut, below. “I’m not gonna cry!” bassist Katy Goodman said at the beginning.
Mixed with overcast guitar thrash and three-part harmonies, the whine of a speeding subway car sounds very cool. That much was clear after dark in Brooklyn on Independence Day of 2009. Vivian Girls were playing an abandoned lot beneath the buzzing JMZ line against a backdrop of graffitied brick and fireworks, one of the final acts at a two-day festival from the young local labels Captured Tracks and Woodsist. The lineup was scrawled on a slab of cardboard: rustic pop rippers Woods; a full-band take on Kurt Vile’s outsider folk; West Coast psych-rockers Thee Oh Sees; unassuming Jersey pop chillers Real Estate; a charcoal band that had practiced but once, Dum Dum Girls. The bar was set up on a table that looked like it had been plucked from the trash. This was the shambolic epitome of the bicoastal late-aughts noise pop scene. And, as I recall, it was scorchingly hot.
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