Vivian Girls at Death By Audio w/ Yellow Fever and Happy Birthday

The show at Death By Audio on Dec. 12 was a fuzzed out, lo-fi spectacular with the newly signed to Sub Pop Records, Happy Birthday starting things off. The band features Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), Chris Weisman and Ruth Garbus. You may recognize Kyle from his other bands such as Witch (with J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.) and Feathers (with Ruth). Fun fact: Ruth has a sister named Merrill who is better known as tUnE-YaRdS. The crowd hopped around and showed lots of love and support while the bad previewed lots of upcoming tracks such as “girls fm” and “pink strawberry shake” from their album which won’t be released until March 2010. Yellow Fever played next. This show was their record release party for their brand new self-titled album on the Vivian Girls’ record label, Wild World. Stripped down and quirky songs are what you’ll get from this Austin, TX based band. Jennifer Moore (lead vocals) and Adam Jones (percussion) played lots of songs from the new record which actually is comprised of older songs from previously released EPs and 7″ single. My favorites are “cats and rats” and “psychedelic.” The crowd kicked it up a notch when the Vivian Girls took to the stage and blasted through a reverb-heavy, lo-fi set which included songs from their newest album, “Everything Goes Wrong” and even a Chantels cover of “he’s gone” while being joined by Kyle from Happy Birthday. You gotta love a band whose influences are sixties girl groups, surf and the Ramones. The Vivian Girls have been getting lots of attention lately and it’s all well deserved. I was watching the game show Jeopardy last summer and the Girls were the subject of a question. I don’t remember the question exactly, it was something like “name the borough of New York where the musical group, the Vivian Girls are from” and the answer (in the form of a question) was Brooklyn. Check out some of the videos from the show courtesy of pcimprezzive and loopyvids.

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