Vivian Girls are an American band from Brooklyn, New York. The only consistent members have been Cassie Ramone and Katy Goodman, on guitar and bass respectively, whereas the group had several drummers throughout its history. They took their name from a book by Henry Darger.
Vivian Girls at The Market Hotel, Brooklyn, 2008
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, dream pop, noise pop, lo-fi|
|Labels||Polyvinyl, In the Red|
|Associated acts||La Sera, The Babies, Upset|
"Kickball Katy" Goodman
|Past members||Fiona Campbell|
Vivian Girls, named after the magnum opus of outsider author artist Henry Darger (titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion), started in Brooklyn, NY in March 2007 as the trio of Cassie Ramone (guitar/vocals); Katy "Kickball Katy" Goodman (bass/drums/vocals); and Frankie Rose (drums/bass/vocals). While only a band for a short while, they recorded a demo which included five original songs and a Wipers cover, and began to play locally in Brooklyn and Katy and Cassie's home state of New Jersey. Within the first couple of months they had already developed a strong local following, supporting acts like Jay Reatard, Sonic Youth and the King Khan & BBQ Show as well as finding kindred spirits in other locals like Cause Co-Motion!, Crystal Stilts, and Woods, with whom they’ve shared many bills and helped develop a local scene. The band is still very much connected to their home scene.
In March 2008 they released the "Wild Eyes" single on the Plays With Dolls label. With very little promotion and distribution the single became an underground indie hit as it charted on many college radio playlists and garnered positive reviews on the internet. Recorded in the same session, their debut self-titled LP was released by the Mauled by Tigers label, whose initial pressing of the LP sold out in ten days. During this time, the group signed with In The Red Records who released a new single in August 2008. In The Red re-released the Mauled by Tigers record on LP and CD formats in October 2008.
In July 2008 the band underwent a lineup change with new drummer Ali Koehler replacing Frankie Rose. The band then went on an extensive tour that saw them visit the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Puerto Rico in two months.
Their second album, Everything Goes Wrong was released by In The Red in September 2009.  In May 2010 Fiona Campbell of Coasting replaced Ali Koehler becoming Vivian Girls third drummer. With her they have toured with their third album "Share The Joy" to Europe, UK, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and the US. Fiona is native to New Zealand and previously played there in a band called The Coolies.
Katy Goodman formed a side project with Cat Power's Gregg Foreman named All Saints Day, and the band has digitally released one self-titled EP. She now has a solo project La Sera. Cassie Ramone has a side project called The Babies with Woods bassist Kevin Morby. They have released two studio albums in 2011 and 2012. Fiona Campbell also plays in Coasting and Chain & The Gang, and is co-owner of M'Lady's Records.
The band reunited in October 2015 to play two songs at bassist "Kickball" Katy Goodman's wedding.
On July 17, 2019, Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler announced the band's reformation alongside a new full-length album called Memory to be released in September. It was recorded in 2018 with producer Rob Barbato.
|Year||Album information||Chart positions|
|Billboard 200||Top Heat|
|2009||Everything Goes Wrong
|2011||Share the Joy
|2008||Live on the Radio (WFMU 9/1/2008)||CD||150 Hand-Numbered Copies|
|2009||Live on the Radio (WFMU 9/1/2008)||LP||1000|
|Date||Single||Backed with||Record label||Format||Other details|
|2008||Wild Eyes||My Baby Wants Me Dead||Plays With Dolls / Wild World||7" single||4000 copies|
|2008||Tell the World||I Believe in Nothing & Damaged||Woodsist||7" single||3,000 copies|
|2008||I Can't Stay||Blind Spot (The Daisy Chain cover)||In the Red||7" single||2,000 copies|
|2008||Surfin Away & Second Date||Girl Don't Tell Me (Brian Wilson)||Wild World||7" single||1000 copies|
|2009||Moped Girls||Death||For Us||7" single||1500 copies|
|2010||My Love Will Follow Me||He's Gone (The Chantels cover)||Wild World||7" single||2000 copies|
|2011||I Heard You Say||I Won't Be Long||Polyvinyl||7" single||RSD 2000 copies|
- Live at KEXP Vol.5 - "I Can't Stay" (2009)
- Methodist Leisure Inc. freebie funcore punk compilation Short Attention Span - "Snack Attack (Hardcore Mix)" (2009, Methodist)
- The World's Lousy with Ideas: Vol. 8 - "Lake House" (2009, Almost Ready Records)
- Rough Trade Shops: Indiepop 09 - "Moped Girls" (Cooperative Music, 2009)
- We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie (disc 1) - "John, I'm Only Dancing" (David Bowie cover) (2010, Manimal Vinyl)
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