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Vivian Girls 

Vivian Girls (In the Red)

Wednesday, Nov 19 2008
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After hibernating underground for a decade, fuzzy reverb and wintry hooks are now erupting from a hotbed of young Brooklyn bands, including Cause Co-Motion, Crystal Stilts, and Vivian Girls. The lattermost is an attention-grabbing, all-girl trio that pairs sleepy vocal harmonies with a tattooed '50s look. The band kicks out dreamy garage pop that's often too fast and loud to process in one sitting. Its sound is nothing terribly new, but Vivian Girls take from enough of the right influences — the Vaselines, Phil Spector's girl groups, Tiger Trap, and the Aislers Set — to make for maximum emotional impact. Salvaged by the perennial tastemakers at In the Red from a sold-out 500-copy run, the band's self-titled debut is short, sweet, and awash in devastating noise. As if the details weren't hard enough to make out, the Girls crank the volume when they play live, bringing a sustained Velvets-worthy drone to their prom night vibe.

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