Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vivian Girls debut a sign of things to come

Artist: Vivian Girls
Title: Wild Eyes
Label: Paper Dolls/Wild World
Release date: 2008

On this, the first Vivian Girls single, the Brooklyn-based trio made it known that their beautiful harmonies and simplistic pop songs will surely make them a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

The title track is a pretty song with perfect harmonies you would not expect to hear on a non-Beach Boys single or album. Its b-side, "My Baby Wants Me Dead," begins with a flurry of guitars and drums, slows down, builds up to even more guitar and drum, and ends with a lot of feedback.

The b-side would not be particularly memorable if it was not one of the few songs from the band that breaks their mold. That mold, of course, consists of lots of guitar and drum, pretty harmonies, and catchy pop hooks.

Saying this band has a set mold is no insult, as I can imagine them doing what they do successfully for years, as Vivian Girls are one of the best garage bands you'll find anywhere.

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