Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Tell the World” by Vivian Girls from the band’s self-titled 2008 album on In The Red.
“Tell the World” is the sounding bell for Brooklyn three-piece Vivian Girls. With monotone harmonies and jangly garage rock heralding their arrival, Cassie, Kickball, and Ali are more than just dames looking to make the scene — they are becoming the scene. It’s more about the substance than the gals behind it, and “Tell the World” engulfs every like-minded sound and spews it out with stoicism — as if Vivian Girls are telling us something we desperately need to hear. That tidbit is that garage rock is making its comeback, and not in the form of grunge, alterna-rock, post-punk, or any other cock-n-bull label attached to rock and roll marketing, but through the sharp chords and beguiling lyrics of the scene’s finest. Vivian Girls may only have one album under their belts, but the maturity found amidst its understated catchiness cannot be ignored. “Tell the World,” in all its clichéd splendor, is truly Vivian Girls calling card. We’ve heard the tolling bell.
According to Vivian Girls’ MySpace page, tour dates abound, with a Seattle stop scheduled in November at Nectar Longue. As it happens you mustn’t wait that long to hear Vivian Girls. The band will by performing Monday, October 20th at 11 AM as KEXP broadcasts live from the CMJ Music Marathon. For now, you must make do with the Timothy Fiore directed video for “Tell the World”: