Brooklyn's Vivian Girls are back with Everything Goes Wrong, released almost exactly a year after In The Red's reissue of their self-titled debut. The band have taken their time with this new album and recorded it in six days--rather than the three their debut took--though many of the songs were still recorded in single takes. Over the last year, the Vivian Girls have toured the US and Europe extensively, received a considerable amount of national and international press, sparked fierce debate as to whether they are a refreshing blast of unselfconscious punk rock energy or a crew of contemptible, incompetent posers and, perhaps most significant of all, become the subject of a question on the Jeopardy game show.
Everything Goes Wrong is a darker, moodier album than its predecessor, with a couple tracks clocking in at almost twice the length of anything on their debut. That said, the influences remain the same; Ramones, '60s girl groups, surf, indie pop, etc., etc. This is immediately classic stuff.
Watch for constant touring in late '09 and '10.
"Mixes Valentines-like melodic noise, '60s girl group-influenced harmonies, and heavy, pummelling beats to fine effect."
"They deflect the knee-jerk criticism the most effective way possible... with an armful of kick-ass songs."
"Vivian Girls is a guileless wash of bubblegum melodies, teen angel harmonies, slap-happy drumming, and thick reverb."