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Vivian Girls

by Shawn Despres

Issued domestically by Tokyo record imprint Yacca at the beginning of September, “Everything Goes Wrong” is the sophomore effort from Vivian Girls.

While the Brooklyn ladies are free to name their albums whatever they bloody well like, the title “Everything Goes Right” would provide a more accurate portrayal of their history up to this point.

Formed in spring of 2007, the trio quickly built a name for themselves in New York’s vibrant underground scene. Originally put out on vinyl only, the first pressing of their 2008 eponymous debut sold out in less than two weeks giving Vivian Girls “buzz band” status. Rereleased on both CD and LP a few months later, the act’s lo-fi noise-pop, which mixes elements of 1960s doo-wop, shoegaze and punk, was championed by college radio and music scribes. Soon publications such as hipster bible Pitchfork were labeling their album as one of the year’s best.

Vivian Girls have gigged incessantly since their inception and have played nearly 300 concerts throughout North America and Europe. The first half of 2009 saw them performing at high profile events such as Coachella in California, Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival, and South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, where they performed a record breaking 18 times over four days. They are currently in the midst of a nine-week tour in support of “Everything Goes Wrong” that will see them making their first forays into Australia and Asia. An afternoon show they have scheduled in Nagoya during their stop in Japan promises to be quite interesting. Initially set to take place on the rooftop of a vacated building that has no electricity, complaints from neighbours have forced the event inside the unconventional space and the roof will be used instead for a barbecue and merchandise sales.

Vivian Girls will play Sept. 18 at Metro, Kyoto (7 p.m., advance tickets cost ¥3,000); Sept. 19 at Daini Kohaku Building, Nagoya (2:30 p.m., advance tickets cost ¥2,500); Sept. 20 at Seco, Tokyo (11 p.m., advance tickets cost ¥3,500); Sept. 21 at O-Nest, Tokyo (7 p.m., advance tickets cost ¥3,500). Tickets at the Kyoto and Tokyo shows will cost ¥500 more at the door. For more information, visit www.inpartmaint.com/yacca/events.html.