The Vivian Girls and Their Memory

Over a decade ago, the indie rock band Vivian Girls was one of the famous faces of the genre. Remembering the years that followed their activity in the independent rock genre, some would comment that the Vivian Girls’ music was polarizing for fans of the genre. A number would even mention candid reviews of the band and their music hand-in-hand with the unhindered opinions of netizens in the comment section of indie blogs. It was not surprising then that only two years after Share the Joy, their 2011 album, the band officially broke up. Katy Goodman, the singer-bassist of the Vivian Girls, explained the cause of their two-year inactivity and their eventual break-up. Katy mentioned that the members “broke up for real” in 2014 because of exhaustion after years of “going hard” as a band. However, she believes that the members also recognized that their band had something special and had a strong sense that they would reunite in the future.

Vivian Girls Announces their Return

This hope was fulfilled last July 2019 as the Vivan Girls announced that they would release Memory, a comeback record on Polyvinyl on September 20. The three-member band comprising of Katy Goodman, drummer Ali Koehler, and their singer-guitarist Cassie Ramone teased indie fans and former fans with a taste of their first album after eight years with a lead single entitled, “Sick.” Continuing from their image as outsiders, “Sick” is a combination of Vivian Girls’ signature punk and bass thump combined with their group harmonies. The rawness of the music is partnered with the honesty of the verses written by Cassie Ramone.

Vivian Girls Announces their Return
Vivian Girls Announces their Return

The lyrics evoked melodrama and aimed at hitting the core of their audience with lines that implied what the audience wanted to hear. Rob Barbato produced the Vivian Girls’ album Memory and the recording was made in Los Angeles’ Comp-NY Studios. After Polyvinyl releases Memory, the company also plans to reproduce their first two self-titled albums: Vivian Girls (2008) and Everything Goes Wrong (2009). The fall reunion tour for the band will be kicked off in Los Angeles’ The Regent on October 4.

Vivian Girls’ Band Background

The Vivian Girls are an indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was founded in March 2007. The original band in its inception had Frankie Rose as their drummer until June 2008. The trio that forms the current band is its permanent members: Katy Goodman, Cassie Ramone, and Ali Koehler. The band was unnamed after Henry Darger’s The Story of the Vivian Girls. A few months after the band was formed, they already had a strong local following. They had several supporting acts in their shows such as Sonic Youth, Jay Reatard, and King Khan & BBQ Show. They shared bills with other local bands as well. Some of them include Crystal Stilts, Woods, and Cause Co-Motion!. Their partnership with fellow performers and entertainers strengthened the indie scene in Brooklyn. Thereafter, the band produced their two albums and went on tours in Europe and the United States.