photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano
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."All tour dates with album art, track list, and Woodsist Fest pics, below...
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.
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.
Everything Goes Wrong tracklist
01 Walking Alone at Night
02 I Have No Fun
03 Can't Get Over You
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