Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Katy Goodman. I’m a musician, and also a junior web developer. I went to Rutgers and studied physics and education, but then decided to pursue music instead of becoming a teacher. I’ve been playing in 2 bands for the last 8 years (Vivian Girls, La Sera), and travel the world playing shows and having fun and loving it. But when I’m not on tour, I love learning to code and developing websites. I just started working for CASH Music, where I’m training to do backend development. In my spare time, I’m going to college full time studying Computer Science, I have 2 cats and a dog who I hang out with a lot, and I go hiking sporadically.
Read the full interview: http://katy.goodman.usesthis.com/
On this episode of Turned Out A Punk, Damian gets to chat to Le Sera’s Katy Goodman about going from watching New Brunswick basement hardcore shows, to playing at Coachella in the Vivian Girls. Listen in as two discuss touring together, the low points of riding high on the indie hype bubble, and punk.
Also touched on in this episode:
-Trying to get into NoFX and accidentally getting into the Germs
-Seeing shows at Ridgewood Lodge
-Fletcher And the Sticky Wickets: the pre-Real Estate Cricket referencing ska band
-Interviewing Lars from Rancid for… nothing… or no reason… and not recording it.
-Missing out on Emo?
-The importance of the Gossip
-New Brunswick, New Jersey: the capital of New Jersey Hardcore
-No Way Records
-Meeting future bandmates because of their choice in socks
-Following the Tragedy, Forward, Warhead Tour deadhead-style to Chaos In Tejas
-The infamous Mark Pesci’s Marked Man stage dive
-Rolling solo to the Fucked Up Hidden World Weekend
-The pre-Vivian Girls bands: The Gutter and We’re Not Virgins
-Finding a bass in a basement
-Having to curse when talking about the Wipers
-The origins of the Vivain Girls name (it’s not a Fucked Up reference, DAMIAN!)
-Poison Idea: literally the best
-Vivian Girls as a Punk band
-Brooklyn Vegan and learning the hard way to never ever read the comments
-People coming to see you play just to hate you
-Lots of Coachella memories
-Some light Sam Smith discussion
“Jen hit up TBD Fest last week and chats with Katy Goodman of La Sera about their new album Hour of the Dawn out now via Hardly Art, band dynamics, shredding, the heat and what’s next for Girl Gang following their first public social at The Smell in Downtown Los Angeles. It was hot, sweaty and the fest DJ was really on some sweet Disney vibe. Thanks again Katy! Shred on!”
La Sera on Singing Like a Child and Her Secret Album
“If Katy Goodman’s first group, Vivian Girls, embodied the spirit (if not the sound) of late-’70s Ramones — pretty, primitive guitar-based pop with a nihilistic edge — her third record as La Sera, Hour of the Dawn, is like late-’80s Ramones. A great singer skillfully executing hit melodies derived from ’60s girl groups, Goodman is backed by aggressive yet controlled guitar playing and slick production. The songs themselves cover a range of emotions with complexity and nuance that is so often lacking in mainstream pop, which gives the album a darker edge — like if California hardcore guitar hero Rikk Agnew’s post-Adolescents solo work had been collaboration with Belinda Carlisle.
Tobi Vail reached Goodman by phone to talk about Stephin Merritt, writing a secret record and her new album.”
“Desde el momento que escuché por primera vez a las Vivian Girls en 2008, Cassie Ramone se convirtió en mi intérprete favorita de esta época. Me gustan las letras que escribe, cómo toca la guitarra y, además, me parece un personaje muy guay aunque está muy loca y vive en un mundo de fantasía, chicos guapos, tarot y Jameson.
En febrero de este año, Vivian Girls anunciaron que se separaban. Esto me dejó muy mal. Pensaba que no iba a poder salir nunca del agujero de tristeza en el que caí de cabeza al enterarme, pero en abril pasé un par de semanas en Nueva York con Cassie y recuperé la felicidad de nuevo: me dijo que acababa de terminar su primer disco en solitario. Lo escuché, me flipó y por fin la semana pasada me llegó la versión física de The Time Has Come, editado en LogLady Records. (…)”
Is Storm’s End a Game of Thrones reference? Also, are you all planning to announce any new concert dates soon? I would absolutely love to see you in Columbus, Ohio.
It is a Game of Thrones reference! When we made that song, I thought it sounded like an evil surf song, which would be perfect for the Ironborn.
Hey, thanks for coming out. Who is your musical inspiration? Do you have any non-musical inspirations?
I don’t know if I have ONE musical inspiration, but the first person that popped into my head was Jonathan Richman. As for my non-musical inspiration, I would say Marie Curie.
“BY KATI HENG
I didn’t have Hole or Riot grrrl or Sleater-Kinney when I was blossoming into the grown-ass woman I pretend to be today. What I did have was Vivian Girls, and they were fucking amazing. Of course, Vivian Girls have called it quits in favor of the respective girls’ side projects – Cassie Ramone’s got The Babies with Woods’ Kevin Morby, Ali Koehler’s got the new group Upset, and maybe most well-known of all, “Kickball” Katy Goodman’s got La Sera. La Sera’s latest, Hour Of The Dawn, caught people off-guard with its peppiness and generally happy attitude. Like, could a Vivian Girl, normally a purveyor of sad pop, really make a record that sounds this positive?
Thankfully for all of us, Katy Goodman’s much more than just a former Vivian Girl. She’s an artist of her own, already the voice behind two successful groups and, yet, the kind of laid-back Cali girl who will just text you to set up a time to talk. With an adorable puppy, a more stable life, and fewer breakups, Katy Goodman’s in one of the best places she’s ever been. Read my full interview with her below, edited for length and clarity.
Frontier Psychiatrist: I feel like we have the same first world problems with our names being Katy (Kati)’s spelled with “y” and “i.” Do you correct people when they spell it wrong? Do you have to correct people that say it like “catty”?
Katy Goodman: Not usually. Ever since Katy Perry, it’s not even been a thing. Before Katy Perry was famous, it was a thing where no one knew how to spell my name, and I always had to correct everybody. But after Katy Perry, nobody has a problem with my name anymore.”
Read the full interview: http://frontpsych.com/katy-goodman-interview/
Katy Goodman, the former bassist of Vivian Girls and current creative force behind La Sera, is in a sunny place. While we are catching up at Hoxton Bar & Grill in London’s Shoreditch, her face radiates calm and happiness.
La Sera recently toured Europe in promotion of their third album Hour of the Dawn, which, as the title suggests, represents a new chapter in Katy’s life and career. The snarling surf-rock guitars, dreamy harmonies, enticing vocals and heavy bass lines are still there, but the sound is more layered and brighter. Her voice now features less echo, and the sonic palette has expanded to power pop, punk, new wave and ’90s alt-rock.
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/
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/
“Upset has the makings for being one of the best bands out there right now and surprise, surprise: they totally are. Former drummer for Best Coast and Vivian Girls, Ali Koehler, takes on guitar and lead vocals, ex-La Sera member Jennifer Prince sings and plays lead guitar, and last we have drummer Patty Schemel of Hole and Death Valley Girls fame. The trio’s collective punk roots shine through on their latest project, Upset, the band you wish existed when you were in high school. The twelve pop-punk songs on debut album She’s Gone channel reckless teenage angst, addressing problems including but not limited to: mean popular girls, fun hookups, unrequited crushes, and feeling like you’re gonna throw up on the first day of school. Ali’s polished vocals contrast perfectly with Jennifer’s pop-punk riffs and Patty’s speedy but steady drumming. Listening to Upset will make you wanna yell at your parents, lock the door to your room, and watch Heathers on repeat. We chatted with Ali and Jennifer about punk shows, SXSW, and 10 Things I Hate About You.”
“In a little more than five years, Ali Koehler’s managed to do what some musicians spend their whole lives trying to do. Opened for Weezer? Check. Played on Letterman? You betcha. Toured in Tasmania? Crossed off the list. Started a band with Patty Schemel? Duh.
Since joining Vivian Girls in 2008, Koehler–who’s left her mark in Vivian Girls, Best Coast, and her new project, Upset–has experienced all the highs and lows that come with being on the road for much of the past few years. You name it, Koehler’s probably seen it, or at least been pretty damn close to it.
I caught up with her after Upset’s jaunt to SXSW to ask about tour plans, the finality of Vivian Girls’ last shows, and favorite bands. (…)”
Read the interview: http://sexbeatlondon.com/2014/04/02/ali-koehler-interview/
It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show, I talk to Cassie Ramone of The Vivian Girls and The Babies. Raised in Ridgewood, NJ, Cassie grew up in the music scene that gave birth to bands like Real Estate and Titus Andronicus. Cassie and Katy Goodman formed The Vivian Girls in 2007, and after putting out three fantastic albums recently called it quits. However, Cassie continues to make music on her own and also in the band The Babies with Woods bassist Kevin Morby. Check out their two albums, both of which are great.
On a warm Saturday early in March, Cassie came over to the Harlem studio to talk about growing up with an autistic brother, emigrating from Poland, heart wormholes, having a wacky mom, princesses, the Ridgewood music scene, rebelling against your parents, being friends with your teachers, resurrection, and theories about dying. Cassie’s a really interesting person, and we had a great talk. And then in the second half, I talk to my friend, UCB performer Matthew Brian Cohen about the spirit of New Jersey and theories about what unites people like Tom Scharpling, Chris Gethard and Ted Leo.
Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on Twitter! Also look for a live streaming episode of the show on April 21st at 8pm EST with Josh Gondelman of John Oliver’s new show, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey and musical guest Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper.
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.”
“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
“Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman is back with her infectious solo project, La Sera. Here, Muff’s favourite tomboy talks songs, smoothies, and sell-out European tours.
Early last summer, I finally got around to catching La Sera live. The evening sun was setting over New York and eager crowds poured into Williamsburg’s Cameo Gallery, where Katy Goodman herself was sitting at a small table selling CDs and t-shirts. The excitement was palpable, but I was too shy and half-cut to say hi. It would have taken a very large leap of the imagination to guess that, almost exactly one year on, I’d be interviewing this fiery indie red-head for Muff.”
Read the full interview: http://www.muffmagazine.com/2013/11/katy-goodman/
“We recently had a somewhat impromptu chat with Jennifer Prince, the guitarist in Upset, a female punk rock trio headed by Ali Kohler (ex-Vivian Girl and Best Coast drummer) and Patty Schemel (formerly the drummer of Hole) over the phone. She was at work, I was too.
We discussed the new record (out on Don Giovanni now), how regionalism is what you make of it, and what tacos trucks in LA leave her demanding more.
rara: How’s your day going, Jenn?
Jenn: Pretty good. Pretty chill. I’m just at work. I work an office job when I’m not doing band stuff, so…
rara: Yeah. That’s understandable. Speaking of band stuff, I noticed you guys are going on tour soon. Are you really excited about that?”
Read the interview: http://raramusic.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/an-interview-with-upset/
“Upset is laughing about wearing superhero costumes on tour.
“When I hear ‘supergroup,’ I always think of, like, Styx and Ted Nugent,” drummer Patty Schemel says. “It’s better than ‘worst group,’” Ali Koehler says, digging into fish tacos at the dimly lit L.A. restaurant Senor Fish.
Along with guitarist Jenn Prince, Koehler and Schemel are giddy. They’re about to practice with a new bassist who could round out their so-called “supergroup,” power-pop trio Upset, that has the music world in a tizzy.
And well it should. The possibilities for Koehler’s new band are dizzying.”
“Despite its members’ resistance to the title, Upset is the very definition of a supergroup. Ali Koehler, who formerly drummed for both Vivian Girls and Best Coast, bonded over Twitter with ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel, and the two eventually collaborated with La Sera guitar player Jennifer Prince, forming a power-punk trio with both remarkable skill and enviable histories. The group releases their debut LP today, the crunchy and treacly She’s Gone, and with that release comes a short tour with Screaming Females, small doses of anxiety and excitement, and the chance to prove that supergroups can, in fact, live up to their legacies.
Upset, as it turns out, is more than equipped to face the proverbial music, as their brand of lo-fi-turned-hi-fi garage pop is as convincing as it is dripping in charm.”
Read the interview: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/upset-shes-gone#_
“Get stoked, pop punk fans, your favorite record of 2013 is out this week! Upset, the new trio featuring Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls), Patty Schemel (motherfucking Hole!), and Jennifer Prince, are releasing their debut, She’s Gone, on October 29, and it is the best sugary delight one could hope to find in the bottom of their trick-or-treat bag.
The songs—nearly all of them falling under the three-minute mark (as any decent pop punk song does)—bounce through memories of going back to school, dealing with mean girls, and messing around with crushes. While its youthful energy is definitely fun enough to still resonate with adults, it’s also the record you should pass on to any tweens and teenagers you know—Upset’s perfect balance of confidence and unpretentiousness will inspire anyone who listens to pick up a guitar or drumsticks (or at least have a very loud sing-along in their bedroom).
Singer Ali Koehler kindly answered my questions about pop punk, mean internet commenters, and, of course, the fluffy white sunglasses-wearing dog in their promo photo.”
Read the interview: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/get-upset/Content?oid=18016506