Monday, May 02, 2011

Vivian Girls :: Share the Joy

Vivian Girls :: Share the Joy ~ Polyvinyl ~ Brooklyn, NY ~ April 11th 2011

The most compelling part of Share the Joy is it's sarcastic and honest female empowerment. As much of a bummer as it is to categorize a band as "girl rock," the group pigeonholes themselves to make a some feminist commentary on "the other girls" and on underground punk traditions. The pinnacle of this is during "Take it As it Comes," which, through the form of an audio sketch, advises the confidence-lacking, cell phone laden, love obsessed (and partially crazed) teen girls within all of us. Stylistically, Vivian Girls champion the genre with commentary such as the blazing guitar solos during their opening track "The Other Girls." It's also worth repeating that rarely ever does a band have such a well appropriated name, especially for this album. Vivian Girls were the creation of outside artist Henry Darger who could quite possibly not tell the difference between boys and girls and whose art was discovered in his recluse's apartment upon his death. The documentary In the Realms of the Unreal is fascinating and worth a watch.

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