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Tune of the Week – “Where Do You Run To”

It seems there’s a lot of love out there for The Vivian Girls and not just from Henry Darger fans. They hail from Brooklyn, New York and they are called Cassie Ramone, Frankie Rose and Kickball Katy. With handles like …

Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 09:44

   

It seems there’s a lot of love out there for The Vivian Girls and not just from Henry Darger fans.

viviangirls3jpg.jpgThey hail from Brooklyn, New York and they are called Cassie Ramone, Frankie Rose and Kickball Katy. With handles like that, you sort of know you’re not going to get secondhand Radiohead riffs.

And no, you don’t get anything of that sort. The Girls specialise in short, sharp, sweet moody pop songs which are more infectious than your favourite 11.05am pick-me-up from the baked goods counter. So many other acts have thrown their hats at this kind of sound and missed by a mile. What’s to like about these three is that they’ve found a new way of delivering a familiar message. Sure, it’s abrasive and rough and a little crumbly round the edges, but there’s a fascinating charm to how a tune like “Where Do You Run To?” turns into a new-school blurry-pop anthem as sung by a Sixties girl group that just makes you smile with delight.

Their self-titled LP, which was released a few weeks ago on the Mauled By Tigers label, is now sold out and will be re-released by In The Red later in the year. You really need these Girls in your life so, until the album resurfaces, download this awesome track and have a nice day.

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