As originally published here on the Owl Mag.
All-girl bands face a significant amount of pressure. There aren’t many of them, so the general public (often unconsciously) can be more critical than need be, and their behavior as both musicians and human beings are usually viewed under a much stronger microscope than their male counterparts (no “boys will be boys”-type excuses to be made, for example). It’s also easy to pigeonhole new girl bands as either Sleater-Kinney ripoffs or too-precious commodities not to be taken seriously.
Vivian Girls are so rad because they’ve managed to slyly and quietly work themselves up the hype machine, releasing their self-titled debut to critical acclaim (they even got P4K’s seal of approval) and avoiding the dreaded Girl Band Black Hole. Instead of comments about bra size and sex appeal, it seems that instead, people are just talking about how much they rock (though we did see one review that made mention of “cute bangs” – ugh). The appreciation of the band’s talent appears strong, untainted, and widespread – let’s just hope it stays that way.
Take a jab at “Where Do You Run To,” and you’ll get a taste of Vivian Girls’ lo-fi, infectious, garage-y, shoegaze-y rock and roll [<—so many adjectives! how can you resist?]: Vivian Girls – \”Where Do You Run To\”
Tue-Oct-21 Brooklyn, NY CMJ Red Bull Space
Thu-Oct-23 New York, NY CMJ Don Pedro’s
Fri-Oct-24 New York, NY CMJ Cake Shop
Sat-Oct-25 New York, NY CMJ Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Oct-26 New York, NY Santo’s Party House !
Thu-Oct-30 Toronto, ONT FU Fest – Sneaky Dee’s $
Sat-Nov-08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom &@
Mon-Nov-10 Boston, MA Paradise &@
Sun-Nov-16 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex/Part-Time Punks Fest #
Mon-Nov-17 San Diego, CA Casbah #
Tue-Nov-18 Los Angeles, CA The Smell #
Thu-Nov-20 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill #
Fri-Nov-21 Sacramento, CA Luigi’s Fun Garden #
Sat-Nov-22 Portland, OR Backspace #
Sun-Nov-23 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge #
Fri-Nov-28 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s +
Sun-Nov-30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom +
Wed-Dec-31 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre *
$ = w/ F***ED UP
& = w/ Deerhunter
@ = w/ Times New Viking
! = w/ Jay Reatard
+ = w/ King Khan
* = w/ Yo La Tengo, The Feelies
# = w/ Love is All