I think I have whiplash from bopping my head to the beats of the Vivian Girls. The Girls played a 50 minute set jam packed with songs from the forthcoming Everything Goes Wrong full-length, as well as old favorites like “Tell The World” and “Never See Me Again.” Although the vocals sometimes sounded off-key somehow it added to the ramshackle appeal of the group. On Sunday night it was clear that this rhythm section is a well polished machine. Not to be outdone, guitarist/vocalist Cassie Ramone got down on her knees reveling in the moment. As a live outfit, Vivian Girls displayed a speed and ferocity not found on their recorded output. The new album chronicles the demise of a relationship and “Can’t Get Over You” captures this thematic element with much aplomb.
As their set concluded the Girls swapped instruments rotating roles in a counterclockwise direction. (See photo below) Walking offstage having done their thing, the Vivian Girls continue this tour through Halloween and will no doubt return to Chicago to play to a larger audience at a bigger venue next time around.