Release Date: 6th October 2008
Label: In The Red
For fans of: Jesus and Mary Chain, The Vaselines, the Shop Assistants
“The Vivian Girls drop sweet girl-group melodies into proto-shoegaze squalls the way the Jesus & Mary Chain used to and the way groups like the Aislers Set, C86s-ers the Shop Assistants, and the Manhattan Love Suicides have done with female vocalists. They keep the Shangri-Las’ melodrama to boot.” —Pitchfork
As recounted in songs by Comet Gain and Walker Kong, the “Vivian Girls” are the seven sisters who feature in Henry Darger’s posthumously published fantasy epic, The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Tribute has also been paid by everyone from poet John Ashberry to Sufjan Stevens, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Camper Van Beethoven, Fucked Up, the Residents’ Snakefinger, and ex-Maniac Natalie Merchant—and now by Brooklyn noise-pop band the Vivian Girls.
With their debut 7-inch, ‘Wild Eyes’ on their very own Plays With Dolls Records having already sent out waves of panic and adoration to the outer limits of the underground pop contingent, the Girls have become the newest breakout sirens of the New York loft-pop brigade. Within seconds of hearing their seductive three-part vocal harmonies lushly interwoven with chest-pounding waves of beautiful feedback, it’s obvious that their songs are hard to resist, especially if you find yourself keen on the mid-’80s noise pop trifecta of The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Vaselines, and the Shop Assistants.
The Vivian Girls’ self-titled debut album appeared recently on Mauled By Tigers Records in a vinyl-only edition of 500 which sold out before the band had completed their recent three-week US tour. In The Red now proudly presents the re-release of this essential pop platter in both vinyl and compact disc formats. Swirling noise topped with sweetly angelic vocals is a lush concoction, so expect your fruity neighbours and your attention-starved friends to chime in with unabashed praise when you spin this record.
The re-release of the Vivian Girls album will be preceded by a 7-inch single with two exclusive songs including ‘I Cant’ Say’.
The band are on tour in December! Dates below….
02-Dec London Brixton Windmill
03-Dec London Old Blue Last
04-Dec Nottingham The Social
05-Dec Liverpool Club Evol
06-Dec Glasgow Captain’s Rest
07-Dec Leeds Cockpit
08-Dec Coventry Colosseum
09-Dec London Madame Jojo’s - White Heat
10-Dec Manchester The Deaf Institute
12-Dec London Vice Kills Proud Galleries
13-Dec Bristol Club Kute at Cooler
Friday, August 15, 2008
Below is the press release for the Vivian Girls' UK tour, album re-release and new single. Note the hysterical description "newest breakout sirens of the New York loft-pop brigade" (who were the previous "breakout" "sirens"? what the fuck is "loft-pop"?...no more Pete Astor jokes, thanks all the same). Quickly forget it, buy the album when it's out because it's ACE and get yourself a gig ticket. I'll be
propping up the bar nodding along contentedly down the front with ver kids.
Posted by Fire Escape at 9:26 am