July 2, 2009

Vivian Girls


Mistletone proudly presents Vivian Girls, direct from New York City on their first Australian tour.


SYDNEY: Fri 25 Sep @ Spectrum w/ Hawnay Troof (USA), Circle Pit and Dead Farmers. Tickets on sale now from Moshtix outlets or phone 1300 GET TIX.

MELBOURNE: Sat 26 Sep headlining Spring Tones @ Roxanne Parlour (Level 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, city) w/ Bachelorette (NZ), Ducktails (USA), Tiny Vipers (USA), Hawnay Troof (USA), Love Of Diagrams, St Helens, Aleks & The Ramps, Songs (Syd), The Dacios, UV Race, Mark Barrage, Super Wild Horses, Rat Vs Possum, Snawklor , Children Of The Wave, Woollen Kits And Aoi. Spring Tones tickets on sale now from Polyester, Missing Link, Corner Hotel box office (57 Swan St Richmond, phone  9427 9198) or Mistletone website.

HOBART: Sun 27 Sep @ Brisbane Hotel
w/ Native Cats, Moe Grizzly and Manchester Mourning. Licensed all ages show, starts 5pm. Tickets on sale now from Brisbane Hotel, Ruffcut Records and The Dwarf website.

MELBOURNE: Wed 30 Sep @ Northcote Social Club
w/ Panel of Judges and Miniature Submarines. Tickets on sale now from NSC box office, phone 9486 1677.

ADELAIDE: Thu 1 Oct @ Metro Hotel
w/ Hit The Jackpot and Rich Parents. Tickets on sale now from
Oztix outlets or phone 1300 762 545.

BRISBANE: Fri 2 Oct @ Step Inn
w/ Nova Scotia, The Legend with the Deadnotes, and Feathers. Tickets on sale now from Oztix outlets or phone 1300 762 545.

NEWCASTLE: Sat 3 Oct @ Sound Summit. More info here.

Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls burst on to the scene last year with a critics-favourite debut album and an ace sound combining 1960s girl-group vocals, fuzzy garage rock, punk and post-punk with blasts of shoegaze and skuzzy DIY charm. On their short road to “out of nowhere” status, the ‘Girls have mastered blurring the lines of genres and come up with something aggressive yet beautiful; simple, gutsy music with a lot of class and melody.

But it’s not so out-of-nowhere as it seems. Cassie Ramone and Kickball Katy were longtime friends from high school, so when former member Frankie Rose and Cassie decided to start a band, Katy seemed the obvious choice to complete the lineup. Spurred on by sharing common (and uncommon) influences, the girls started writing material and playing live in their adopted hometown of Brooklyn. The trio first came to prominence in 2007 supporting indie heavyweights Jay Reatard, Japanther and Crystal Stilts. Their debut limited edition vinyl LP sold out within a matter of weeks, inspiring much-loved label In The Red to sign the band for the US, and Melbourne’s In-Fidelity to snap them up for Australia. Since then, Vivian Girls have had an extremely eventful couple of years as a band, from turning heads at SXSW and other major festivals in the US and Europe, to having their own question on Jeopardy.

The band cites The Gun Club and Neil Young as influences for their eagerly anticipated new full-length album, Everything Goes Wrong (due September 8 on In-Fidelity through Inertia).

Vivian Girls are: Cassie Ramone (guitar / vocals), Kickball Katy (bass / drums / vocals) and Ali Koehler (drums / bass / vocals).

“Three rad chicks rocking out with the canon on their side.” – PITCHFORK #16 BEST ALBUM OF 2008

“One of the year’s biggest buzzes emanating from the indie hotbed of Brooklyn, and in the case of this all-girl power trio it was richly deserved hype.” 

“They just make you want to sing, freak-out, and play beach-blanket bingo in a basement.” – PREFIX MAGAZINE 9/10

A Fine Line interview:


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