Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on July 7, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls played ourdoors on the second day of the Woodsist/Capture Tracks Festival on July 4th. They mixed old and new tracks, with a sound that put guitar and bass centerstage. Vocals lurked just below, and came through strong enough to carry the melody all the way across the field. At one point, the band invited two crowdmembers up on stage to play tambourines as fireworks somewhere in Brooklyn (and some inside the gates...) shot off behind. Pictures from their set are in this post. Kurt Vile played the same day. His pictures are HERE. Pictures from Day One of the fest are HERE. The rest of the Day Two pics are coming soon.

Earlier in the day, The Beets casually played through their time, which included a brief cover of the Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better" (though no "La Bamba" despite requests). Their bass player sat out a considerable part of the set while switching his amp, but the remaining two Beets kept on, singing in sligtly off-center unison harmony. Intermittently, guitarist Juan Wauters would jump several feel in air to jolt the reverb on his amp into action. Where Vivian Girls sounded full and fleshed out, the Beets gave off a very one-on-one, basement show vibe. Pictures from their set are coming later.

Those two bands (Vivian Girls + The Beets) have a North America tour together set for August and September. Its kick off show will happen Tuesday, August 25th at Death By Audio in Brooklyn.

Before then, The Beets are playing the final Oxford Collapse show on July 18th. Vivian Girls play the Whitney Museum (as part of that space's Dan Graham exhibit/summer series) on Friday, July 31st with These Are Powers.

Vivian Girls' second disc, Everything Goes Wrong, is scheduled to come out September 8th on In the Red.

"Last time, the album was really rushed," says guitarist Cassie Ramone. "We were just go, go, go, go. And now we're taking our time with every step of the process, making sure we're really happy with everything before we move on."

With this band, though "taking our time" means they're taking six days to record the entire thing instead of the three days they used for their first album. Ramone says, "We recorded 15 songs, but if we put them all on the album, that'll be an hour's worth of music, so we're going to have to cut some of them out. Our last album was like 22 minutes, so we figure if this album is longer than 44 minutes that'll just be insane. It would be twice as long."

"We're aiming for around 35 minutes," adds bassist Kickball Katy. So you'll probably still be able to plow through the whole Vivian Girls album on your morning commute.

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Later that night, blonde Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone debuted her new band Babies at Market Hotel.

The rest of the Woodsist Day Two pics HERE.

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Everything Goes Wrong tracklist
01 Walking Alone at Night
02 I Have No Fun
03 Can't Get Over You
04 Desert
05 Tension
06 Survival
07 The End
08 When I'm Gone
09 Out for the Sun
10 I'm Not Asleep
11 Double Vision
12 You're My Guy
13 Before I Start to Cry

Vivian Girls - 2009 Tour Dates
Thu-Jul-09 Mexico City, MX El Almacén #
Thu-Jul-16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theater %
Sun-Jul-19 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Fri-Jul-31 New York, NY Whitney Museum $
Fri-Aug-14 Goteberg, Sweden Way Out West Festival
Sat-Aug-15 Helsinki, Finland Flow Festival
Tue-Aug-25 New York, NY Death By Audio +
Wed-Aug-26 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary +
Thu-Aug-27 Pittsburgh, PA Andy Warhol Museum +
Fri-Aug-28 Columbus, OH Summit +
Sat-Aug-29 Champaign, IL Cowboy Monkey +
Sun-Aug-30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle +
Mon-Aug-31 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry +
Tue-Sep-01 Fargo, ND The Aquarium +
Fri-Sep-04 Missoula, MT Union Hall +
Sun-Sep-06 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
Mon-Sep-07 Portland, OR TBA +
Wed-Sep-09 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop - CD Release Show! +
Fri-Sep-11 Los Angeles, CA The Echo +
Fri-Sep-18 Kyoto, Japan Metro
Sat-Sep-19 Nagoya, Japan KD Japon
Sun-Sep-20 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Seco
Tue-Sep-22 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya o-nest
Fri-Sep-25 Sydney, Australia Spectrum
Sat-Sep-26 Melbourne, Australia Roxanne Parlour - Spring Tones Party
Sun-Sep-27 Brisbane Hotel Hobart, Australia
Thu-Sep-30 Melbourne, Australia Northcote Social Club
Sat-Oct-01 Adelaide, Australia Metro Hotel
Sun-Oct-02 Brisbane, Australia Step Inn
Fri-Oct-09 Honolulu, HI Loft Gallery and Lounge
# = w/ KING KHAN AND BBQ SHOW
% = w/ F****D UP, WOMEN
$ = w/ THESE ARE POWERS
+ = w/ THE BEETS

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Comments (72)

all right hater losers, get your shitty comments ready.

what are you gonna go with?

ugly?
fat?
can't play?
overhyped?
sluts?
dumb chicks?
brooklyn sucks?
"scene"?

there are so many well traveled bv comment roads to go down with this band.

surprise me, pathetic nerds, surprise me!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:38 PM

but the haters are all the same person, right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:41 PM

Comments to this post are locked.

Posted by Regular reader | July 7, 2009 1:43 PM

I have nothing bad to say, Katy was very night to me and my dog. She's okay in my book. Let them do their thing.

Posted by Dave | July 7, 2009 1:43 PM

the haters have a lot in common with each other, they're unhappy with things unrelated to what they're talking about, and chained to desks with internet connections.

imagining these people is a sad sad scene

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:44 PM

like this band alot, love the concept of a short album. side projects are meh but these girls are cool. saw them early on with meneguar and they killed it.
haters gonna hate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:45 PM

the best comeback that most people who get shit talked on bv have is this:

the people who get talked about here by and large don't have to have day jobs, they support themselves doing what they love to do. on the flipside, the haters are all day job wage slaves and college kids with uninteresting lives.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:47 PM

a sad sad scene that's MAKING HISTORY

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:48 PM

@1:38

I was actually thinking "deck."

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:50 PM

the internet is desensitizing

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:51 PM

how many times does a bv comment call back gag have to bomb before you give it a rest?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:51 PM

^ someone with a desk job wrote this

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:53 PM

Music sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:55 PM

Don't really like how you singled out the Vivian Girls' set into a separate post from the rest of the pics from that day. Keeping it more community-oriented rather than press-release/marketing buzz-oriented, you know?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 1:58 PM

The Beets sold out with Killer Tofu

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:01 PM

roger klotz was scene there

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:02 PM

^^^ I'm sure they've never heard that joke before.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:02 PM

and the crushfest continues.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:06 PM

The vivian girls need to cut down the between song banter. Or can I not post constructive criticism on this post?

Posted by anonymous2 | July 7, 2009 2:10 PM

who pays for this band to travel to Japan. Unreal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:10 PM

suck and over rated. 15 minutes are almost up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:15 PM

^ Japandroids did.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:17 PM

band travel gets paid for by tickets sold

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:17 PM

New material was actually pretty ok, but I was on my 7th tallboy by then.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:18 PM

A Japanese label?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:19 PM

History textbook publishers?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:20 PM

2:10 -- you can and I agree.

Posted by drewo | July 7, 2009 2:20 PM

"band travel gets paid for by tickets sold"

LOL. Typical ignorance of BV reader.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:21 PM

2:21, you are yet another fool who fetishizes the music industry but don't actually know what you're talking about.

Vivian Girls' Japanese tour will most certainly make enough money at the ticket booth to pay for their flights. Yes, some times a label or a marketing company will underwrite a band flying to some new region, but not always or usually.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:26 PM

But how should I, guy with a deskjob, feel about this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:27 PM

come on guys,
an entire post is titled 'vivian girls', & these are the sorry excuses for comments?
i expected more :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:29 PM

you should feel like your time would be better spent figuring out a way to support yourself without being someone's employee. All of these folks you criticize / idolize have a figured that out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:30 PM

so how do you support yourself?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:32 PM

start a horrible band, but make all the right connections and promotional moves to parlay it into a "career" i guess. but then you have no soul, so there's the trade off.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:34 PM

i'm still waiting on my BV commentor career advice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:47 PM

This band sucks.

To all of their "defenders" -- we're ripping them up because there are so many more deserving bands that get no exposure.
With Vivian Girls - Its akin to seeing any mediocre "artist" succeed in their field .... unjustified.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:49 PM

i like em they are cute cool sound

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:51 PM

Vivian Girls are good.

Are some other bands who played better/more interesting? Certainly can be argued.

However, they are super-cute, which helps.

More WOODS coverage though, plz.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:53 PM

the fact that other "deserving" bands dont get the "deserved" exposure... is the fact of life. and is an illegitimate way of reviewing music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:53 PM

i think we should be looking at this issue from a historical perspective.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 2:54 PM

vivian girls got as popular as they are because their mp3s got passed around very quickly and got people identified with the words and the emotions and they're catchy as fuck. people like the songs. how much more real can it be?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:02 PM

historical like this band is overstaying their welcome way longer than necessary? 'cause i think i would have to agree.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:05 PM

whatever, losers.

I would point out that you'll feel differently when this kind of success some to you, but why kid ourselves?

none of you comment trolls will be famous or successful.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:13 PM

An entire post dedicated to Vivian Girls is about enough to warrant dropping BV as a bookmark. (but i wont)

Posted by jlk | July 7, 2009 3:18 PM

Getting down on someone for having a desk job just illustrates how young and naive you really are.
I mean who do you think actually "buys" the records from all these bands?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:43 PM

we're down on you for being so bitter and unhappy and projecting it onto these young bands.

if the desk job is making you such an asshole, change your life. these "scene" people you shit on aren't nearly so dissatisfied with their lives

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:50 PM

my desk job allows me to rile up BV commentors all day. who doesn't want that?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:52 PM

oogly betty can PLAY THOSE SKINS!!

Posted by Big Perm | July 7, 2009 3:54 PM

you seem like the riled up one

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:54 PM

that all depends on which comments you actually think i've written.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:55 PM

Like Orson Welles said.....
I know what it is to be young, but do you know what it is to be old?

P.S. I wrote this from my desk

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 3:55 PM

"I know what it is to be young, but do you know what it is to be old?"

Depends...no, really, it means wearing Depends.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:10 PM

I can't wait to buy Starbucks from you one day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:12 PM

it's funny watching indie yuppies defend themselves. it's so deliciously... defensive!

my favorite part is when they get on their soapbox about "working hard."

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:31 PM

Doubt there's many yuppies commenting here bro.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:40 PM

desk job starbucks, condo. what more do you need to call it a yuppie?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:42 PM

I wonder how many people here were culturally aware in the 80's when there really were yuppies?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:53 PM

They are SO right. It would be fucking INSANE to release a 44+ minute album. It's prefect if they keep it around 35 so I can rock that shit on the elliptical machine in my building's enclosed glass roof gym (30 minutes cardio plus a cool down, baby). Totally hot chicks making totally bitchin music.

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Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 4:59 PM

I fucking hate my job. It sucks. And I live in the real hood too. What the fuck.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | July 7, 2009 5:38 PM

Vivian Girls are awesome. I don't really understand the hate, as they are completely sincere, hard working and talented.

And while that alone doesn't make a band great, the amount of genuinely catchy and memorable songs they write does.

I love the first album and am looking forward to the second one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 6:29 PM

A lot, but not all of the people in the bands described would have money whether they were working day jobs or not, or whether their band was successful or not, so that whole argument is really moot.

Posted by l;;a | July 7, 2009 7:22 PM

i really like the first album. i can play the whole motherfucker on the way to work (semi desk job). i will most definitely be buying the next one.

not cutting it live however.

Posted by beast | July 7, 2009 7:26 PM

From witnessing the ongoing hatred towards the Vivian Girls, it seems to me that the ultimate issue is not whether or not they are talented, or any other kind of objective criticism at all. The most prevalent underlying complaint seems to be that they are all women. Hot or not? Sluts or prudes? Is this SERIOUSLY appropriate for a music website? Or ANY website outside pay-for-porn?
You would never ever see someone comment on Kurt Vile, MGMT, or Health, for example, with the kind of graphic and offensive sexual comments that inevitably remain marking the Vivian Girls. And don't tell me it's because those bands are better, but it's clear to everyone that it has nothing to do with music. The omnipresent football player rapist? It seems he's the #1 BV commenter.
Get over it. They are three successful women in a band without any men who have gregarious personalities and are, by and large, cute. Where's Kathleen Hanna when you need her?
I guess we'll be stuck in the 1990s format forever-- where a woman has to overtly confront her womanhood before she can be taken seriously at all. Grow up and get with the times-- the Riot Grrls were 20 years ago, we should have progressed. Misogyny is as dated as racism, and you would never breathe racist comments because "you know better."

Posted by bikinikill | July 7, 2009 8:04 PM

You are jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 8:37 PM

ppl with jobs are so overrated... unemployment is the new employment

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2009 8:44 PM

All the girls are good singers if they practice. But they have to. That dj songs

Posted by college girls | July 8, 2009 10:00 AM

8:04, nice try but no cigar.
women schwomen

2:49 is the only post that matters because it's one hundred percent truth.
whether that truth causes you to disdain the band is up to the individual, but you can't blame someone for not having low standards.
in other words, the person that wrote that would probably be happy as hell to be getting attention even if they wrote simple rock songs, but can he/she really be surprised if people didn't take that bullshit and run with it? not at all.

so power to the vivian girls to even be lucky enough to be mentioned in the same sentence and share the same stage with veterans like sonic youth, but don't be surprised if people think your simplicity is anything but noteworthy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 11:47 AM

does cassie have the sexiest legs in brooklyn? yes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 5:01 PM

maybe the problem is a band like vivian girls wont be remembered in another year because there is so much hype around sounding "Authentic" where the music no longer has substance much like vivian girls. Look at all the trendfuck bands...who will give a shit about vivian girls, health, *lists more concept-core bands*

The fact that they are girls and arent actually decent musicians feels more like a pitty thing (Via Mika Miko)

So do you listen to them cause they are actually good at playing music cause thats isnt the case in the "Indie" world anymore... Do you listen to them cause they are 3 girls who suck at playing there instruments? what if it was 3 bro's playing that way?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:50 PM

BEETS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:47 PM

ou should feel like your time would be better spent figuring out a way to support yourself without being someone's employee. All of these folks you criticize / idolize have a figured that out.

Posted by torrents | May 14, 2010 4:43 AM

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