Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vivian Girls' first In The Red release

Artist: Vivian Girls
Title: I Can't Stay
Label: In The Red Records
Release date: 2008
Release number: In The Red 161

This single came out last year right before In The Red re-released the first Vivian Girls LP and served notice that one of the nation's best small labels had added a fantastic band to its fold.

The title track is a drumming clinic. Anyone who thinks girls can't drum, or play any other instrument, should be forced to listen to this one on a constant loop. That's not to say it's bad and torturous on the ears. Far from it. This one has those pop and shoegazing sensibilities and Beach Boys harmonies that make The Vivian Girls stand out from the pack.

"Blind Spot", a Daisy Chain cover, is the b-side, and it's a mellow, drug-induced song with some rather bizarre lyrics. In an interview with Stereogum, the girls say they wanted another weird b-side, as "Wild Eyes" was paired with the unorthodox "My Baby Wants Me Dead." While "Blind Spot" is by no means a bad cover song, it's not as memorable and inventive as "My Baby Wants Me Dead", which sounds like a combination between PiL, My Bloody Valentine, and a singing and bread-making monks gimmick. Here's that slice of dream pie and "Damaged", another one of the Viv's memorable b-sides.

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