Katy Goodman’s music has focused on darker times over the last few years. This time around, Goodman is ready to bring back the light to La Sera, with music that’s both energetic and hardcore. Goodman—who spent the past several years as one-third of Vivian Girls—began La Sera to do something different. Her latest record comes following the end of Vivian Girls: the band just played their final show in Brooklyn back in March.
La Sera’s third LP Hour Of The Dawn brings new sounds to the surface: ’80s punk and pop dominate the tracks of this record, as opposed to the ’60s girl groups that heavily influenced Goodman’s previous albums. It could be a change of musical direction or her relocation from busy New York to sunny Los Angeles.
Following two U.S. performances, La Sera is about to embark upon a European tour that culminates at Primavera Sound Festival. Goodman is bringing along her friends in Springtime Carnivores, who have also been playing with her during performances. We spoke with Katy Goodman about the New Brunswick music scene, physics, and getting aggressive (with her music) again.
Read the interview: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/la-sera-hour-of-the-dawn#_
For most musicians, there’s a jagged split between the role of artist and fan. Jonny Greenwood’s love for reggae probably never informed a Radiohead song, and Paul Banks’ budding rap career never took off on any Interpol LP. And while Katy Goodman, the musician, takes over when La Sera hits the stage, that overwhelming fan instinct pleads: maybe this isn’t the best time to show off brand new songs. But as fellow Los Angeles resident Walter Sobchak might advise…
“Fuck it,” Goodman laughs.
You’ll see why after a listen; Goodman’s latest, Hour of the Dawn, explains itself nicely, quickly, forcefully. While Goodman’s back catalog recalls the lush, wiry backdrop of the ‘60s, she’s jumped a few decades forward and moved into a gnarlier garage this year. Hour of the Dawn is beastly, ferocious, it shreds (thanks to guitarist Todd Wisenbaker) and begs to be played at a breakneck pace live. And as Goodman would learn on a tour with Kate Nash, Hour of the Dawn’s 10 songs were pretty damn immediate, too.
Even though the Vivian Girls only recently played their farewell shows, for singer/guitarist Katy Goodman—as Kramer once said about moving to California—in her head, she’s already gone. Goodman moved to Los Angeles nearly three years ago now, and her band La Sera is about to release Hour Of The Dawn (Hardly Art), its third album, as many as Vivian Girls had. But if the shadow of that Brooklyn band still looms over the uber-reverbed, indie garage-pop world, the clarity of her latest La Sera slab carves away what fat might be left, leaving the liveliest guitar pop record of the year so far. We caught up with Goodman as she chilled at home right before leaving for a three-week European tour.
Read the interview: http://www.cmj.com/feature/qa-katy-goodman-la-sera/
Pictures: UPSET + THE LOVELY BAD THINGS + THE FLYTRAPS + GIRL TEARS @ THE SATELLITE [April 25, 2014] | L.A. RECORD
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
While a light rain fell outside, the ladies of Upset showered the crowd inside The Satellite with a night of punk-pop music and plenty of casual banter.
The group kept things loose with the chit chat between the band and the crowd, as well as each other. Lead singer/guitarist Ali Koehler had a question for drummer Patty Schemel that she just had to ask before she forgot: “Did you hear back from Evan?” We all soon learned that the Evan in question was none other than Evan Dando of The Lemonheads and Blake Babies fame. (No word as to the purpose of the call, but we can only hope (and speculate) that there’s a musical collaboration in the works.
In addition to her warm, personable demeanor on stage, Koehler also added a nice personal touch to the show, but likely went unnoticed by most everyone in attendance. Rather than just scribble the night’s songs on a piece of paper, Koehler created four original, hand-written set lists with some doodles and other drawings unique to each list, giving a few lucky fans a one-of-a-kind memento from the show.
Here’s what Katy Goodman, a former Vivian Girl, recently had to tell Notion about her third album under the twilight-themed moniker, the tragic themes at its core, and her outrageously adorbz pets.
Planet Notion: Hi Katy. First things first, you’ve been tweeting about earthquakes. What’s that about?
Katy Goodman: Well I live in LA, and we had a bunch of small earthquakes all in one week. None of them were “the big one,” but feeling any earthquake at all is truly weird. Sometimes I forget that that’s something that can just happen here anytime.
PN: Why is your new record called Hour of the Dawn? The title-track seems to suggest that summer time isn’t all as brilliant, happy and sunshiny as it’s made out to be.
KG: Good call. The first song is where I explain a bad situation in the past, but as you move through the album the theme of new beginnings starts to emerge. The album is about moving on from traumatic experiences and letting a new day begin.
Read the full interview: http://www.planetnotion.com/2014/05/07/meet-our-botw-la-sera/
“I’m driving to Coachella right now, I hope I don’t get pulled over, is that a thing? Let me call you back…” says Katy Goodman, front woman of La Sera. On her way to meeting up with former bandmates of Vivian Girls to head to Coachella, Goodman gave us a few minutes of her time to talk about her new album Hour of the Dawn and which acts she’s catching at the festival.
I’ll start off by asking where the inspiration behind this new album came from? It’s much more upbeat than Sees The Light. Was there a particular moment where you decided to change up your direction?
I think it had to do with the collaboration with Todd Wisenbaker [guitar]. I write songs but they can wear lots of different outfits, as my friend used to put it, any song can be upbeat or slow. So I wrote the songs then Todd really took the reigns in terms of production and arrangement. Together we said, let’s make it ‘80s rock style. That’s why it‘s more Pretenders-y. That was Todd’s idea. The songs are more rocky and we have so much fun with them. Everyone in the band went for it. So we have so many guitar solos… You can tell we were having a lot of fun when we made it.
Read the full interview: http://www.tyci.org.uk/wordpress/interview-katy-goodman-la-sera/
Our latest installment of ‘Everybody In’ features La Sera front woman and ex Vivian Girl, Katy Goodman. Katy invited us into her home to meet her cat and dog, and also to talk about singing, songwriting, and a bunch of other stuff.
Presented in part by D’Blanc and created/directed by Edgar Nelson Obrand, ‘Everybody In’ is a fly-on-the-wall style documentary, featuring an assortment of musicians. Whether on the road, in the studio or enjoying a wank, we join the band for a few days and document them in their natural habitat. The ten episodes will be premiering over the course of 2014.
Punks railing against hypocrisy within the punk scene is nothing new, but rarely (if ever) has that old chestnut been given as funny a treatment as it is in BANANAZZZ. This mockumentary from director Kate Sweeney follows the story of Craig Evanhalen, a radically minded (and radically misguided) man who starts a “DIY” punk outfit with the help of his parents and his publicist.
The movie picks up at BANANAZZZ’s inception (yep, that’s the band’s name) and traces their history with a little help from all of the people pissed off along the way by Evanhalen, who’s played by comedian/writer Brett Davis. You see, in addition to the founding faux-pas, the group’s leader is an alcoholic who espouses straightedge values, plus a misogynist, a general creep, and a fairly mediocre musician.
Perhaps best of all are the cameos from familiar faces: Screaming Females (for whom Sweeney directed a video), lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore, La Sera’s Katy Goodman, Prince Rama, Ninjasonik, and others all drop in highlight Evanhalen’s cluelessness as his band tries to make its way through SXSW 2012.